Pub garden summer stable Open Bar are back and the weather god is a fan – Shakespeare’s As You Like in Surrey

The Oxford Companion to English Literature comments on Shakespeare’s As You Like it “entertainment rather than plot dominates this play” and confirms that it contains more songs than any other of the bard. Indeed, we hear them sung in harmonies, accompanied on the ukulele and wooden flutes. Open Bar's signature costume change whirlwinds blast through … Continue reading Pub garden summer stable Open Bar are back and the weather god is a fan – Shakespeare’s As You Like in Surrey

Civic Theatre presents The Big Data Show at the Edinburgh Science Festival

Civic Theatre’s exciting free and very educational Big Data Show takes place again online as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival 2021 – I already saw it in February and happily join a second time. As someone who has slid into jobs in the tech industry by pure chance, my hopes to learn a thing … Continue reading Civic Theatre presents The Big Data Show at the Edinburgh Science Festival

A Red Square – Pony Cam is sending Liam Neeson on a PowerPoint adventure

Frankly, in the weeks of actual theatres reopening in many cities around the globe and after months of Zoom fatigue, no one is waiting for a left mouse click-operated online play entirely presented as a slide show. But the various bank holidays in continental Europe allow me to fit Pony Cam’s A Red Square into … Continue reading A Red Square – Pony Cam is sending Liam Neeson on a PowerPoint adventure

Planet of the Grapes – a cava-crowned celebration of lockdown crafting

Invited to forget about the ills of the world for an hour I celebrate one of the few GMT opportunities to join Peter Michael Marino’s live figure theatre take for all ages, streamed live from New York, on the 1968 cult classic film Planet of the Apes. I fell in love with staged science-fiction since … Continue reading Planet of the Grapes – a cava-crowned celebration of lockdown crafting

Have you ever been ghosted by a God? Arrows And Traps present Talking Gods

Talking Gods starts with Hestia, the nowadays lesser-known deity of home and hearth, is telling us about her modern life, cohabiting with her activist sister Demeter and her teenage niece Cora. Her sister is much less domestic than Hestia, swears like a trooper, smokes weed and cares more about Aldi, Extinction Rebellion and genocide in … Continue reading Have you ever been ghosted by a God? Arrows And Traps present Talking Gods

Anna Bridgforth as Suzanne Bachner in the authour’s autobiographic The Good Adoptee

As the live stream in the US did not suit my Greenwich meantime schedule, I welcome the recording of Suzanne Bachner’s one woman show The Good Adoptee on YouTube. It is the story of her own search for her birth parents after having been matched with her family as the “cutest little baby in the … Continue reading Anna Bridgforth as Suzanne Bachner in the authour’s autobiographic The Good Adoptee

Grimm Tales for Fragile Times and Broken People by Creation Theatre’s new Repertory Company

A model train takes us in the spooky intro on a journey to Grimsby: Accompanied first by the harmonica, then the birdsong from The Juniper Tree, it is interpreted as a shanty for one, fitting our times and the North German original – the more than morbid, taboo-heavy story of the Juniper Tree is one … Continue reading Grimm Tales for Fragile Times and Broken People by Creation Theatre’s new Repertory Company

London’s National Theatre At Home – Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus

If there is one advantage of lockdown, it is the access to plays you have missed seeing on stage, in my case Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at London’s National Theatre and again at its rerun in 2018. Thank you, National Theatre At Home. I first watched the Oscar-showered film from 1984 in school when I was … Continue reading London’s National Theatre At Home – Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus

Nyokabi Macharia stars in Actors Anonymous – The livestream

The great folks I met at Crooks 1926 highly recommended Actors Anonymous on the digital stage to me, a one-woman show starring Nyokabi Macharia as every single participant in a self-help group for aspiring actors in London. Here mediation junkies and notorious late comers meet in a chair circle, here they share their experiences and … Continue reading Nyokabi Macharia stars in Actors Anonymous – The livestream

Open Bar making A Christmess Carol online

This December is the first in which I receive an email from Charles Dickens. It includes log-in details and thanks to these, tonight’s audience and actors are all together on a Zoom call: “Hello, my little Christmas crackers!” I recognize most faces from Open Bar’s Shakespeare in the Garden, the theatre company behind the only … Continue reading Open Bar making A Christmess Carol online