Harmonised frustration – Herstory by The Polly Clamorous Collective at the Camden People’s Theatre

Having followed The Polly Clamorous Collective for a while at least online I am excited to see them and a first visit to the Camden People’s Theatre also adds a new venue to my audience experience. Its façade and entrance almost vanishes between Euston’s high rise constructions, but it is a warm atmosphere in the … Continue reading Harmonised frustration – Herstory by The Polly Clamorous Collective at the Camden People’s Theatre

“We are immigrants, we are getting things done”: Hamilton at the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre

Last year I received raised eyebrows when explaining that Hamilton tickets cannot be booked eight months in advance – folks from abroad had made their travel arrangements already and put Hamilton on the agenda. After months of trying to win £10 tickets through the musical’s app, tickets for July finally became available in April (advanced … Continue reading “We are immigrants, we are getting things done”: Hamilton at the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre

A girls’ night out at Circus Roncalli in Hamburg

Expect Hamburg in July fully in the guest play season as most theatres are taking a summer break. A girls’ night out has therefore been arranged to visit Germany’s most famous circus, so popular it leads Playmobil’s evergreen range for decades, completely with the Roncalli branding and its signature tent and performers. Recently Roncalli received … Continue reading A girls’ night out at Circus Roncalli in Hamburg

Not so happy after all – Offstage at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden

Wouldn’t life be easier if none of us were adults with responsibilities, but we all became random items from a toy box? Pedro for example lives for dressing up as dairy cow Daisy whose only worry is on which side of the meadow the grass is greener and if her friend Darren, a locomotive, passes … Continue reading Not so happy after all – Offstage at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden

A rock history’s journey to happiness – Tina the Musical at the Aldwych Theatre

I always respected Tina Turner more for her voice, her energetic attitude and age-refusing charisma than for the music played by the mainstream radio stations. GoldenEye was her only song I would turn up and no one ever played her early rock stuff or The Acid Queen from The Who’s 1974 musical film Tommy we … Continue reading A rock history’s journey to happiness – Tina the Musical at the Aldwych Theatre

Please believe the hype, this play is important: Kill Climate Deniers at The Pleasance

Kill Climate Deniers deserves its hype for sure: Following the Australian Environment Minister and her PR advisor to a Fleetwood Mac concert at which the audience is being taken hostage by a group of radical climate activists is sharp, witty and scarily relevant for obvious reasons. Before the action starts, we hear interview snippets of … Continue reading Please believe the hype, this play is important: Kill Climate Deniers at The Pleasance

There is only one god: BelaFarinRod – Die Ärzte in Camden’s Electric Ballroom

I gave up years ago on trying to explain to my fellow Londoners the very German phenomena the Berlin punk group Die Ärzte is – because seeing them giving a club concert here at the Electric Ballroom is a personal triumph I have not bothered bringing anyone. That is anyone who could spoil the evening … Continue reading There is only one god: BelaFarinRod – Die Ärzte in Camden’s Electric Ballroom

Samuel Beckett’s Warten Auf Godot at the Volkstheater in Munich

The build up to seeing this classic of modern staged drama goes along with many giggles. Finally, I’ve found someone to see Samuel Beckett’s most famous play with: Waiting For Godot. Because we are in Bavaria’s capital, we see the German translation. And luckily, spoken in the clearest high German, not in the local dialect. I am sure the two Cantonese-speaking students … Continue reading Samuel Beckett’s Warten Auf Godot at the Volkstheater in Munich

Still thinking about it: Testament by Sam Edmunds at the Hope Theatre

Seeing an ensemble of six actors at the same time in a small space like the Hope Theatre above the Hope & Anchor pub in Islington is rare. But in this tale about Max – who lost his girlfriend Tess in a car crash he and his brother Chris survived – the stage seems never … Continue reading Still thinking about it: Testament by Sam Edmunds at the Hope Theatre

Bringing Australian sunshine to London: Summer Street at the Waterloo East Theatre

It is high time to kick off the sunny season and because summer is a mindset, I smilingly agreed to see Summer Street, a musical parody of Australian soap operas, at the Waterloo East Theatre. It is a new off-west end venue for me and given I spent over five years commuting almost every day … Continue reading Bringing Australian sunshine to London: Summer Street at the Waterloo East Theatre