Looking back to the Vault Festival 2020: We need The Nobodies now!

When I was invited to watch The Nobodies at this year’s Vault Festival, I got excited – the invitation came from the creators of Testament who had reached out for a review before. Closer to the date the review invitation was reversed though; please come and see the play, I was still asked, but with … Continue reading Looking back to the Vault Festival 2020: We need The Nobodies now!

Time traveling to 1794’s Paris in 2012’s Hamburg – Dantons Tod via ThaliaDigital

Having scanned the theatre programs everywhere I travelled last year, I was glad to read that Hamburg’s Thalia Theater (my favourite and most missed Hamburg stage!) made Jette Steckel’s 2012 dress rehearsal of Georg Büchner’s Danton Tod available to watch online for 24 hours. This worked fabulously and the #ThaliaDigital program continues. As one of … Continue reading Time traveling to 1794’s Paris in 2012’s Hamburg – Dantons Tod via ThaliaDigital

Watching Niklas Ritter’s Antoinette Capet online – and maybe one day at the Vorarlberger Landestheater

Empress Maria Theresia von Österreich incarnates patriarchal authority – played by a man in a massive crinoline this is no gentle Conchita Wurst, but a regent giving tactically birth to a serious regiment of arch dukes and duchesses to be married off to every royal circle possible. One of them is Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna. … Continue reading Watching Niklas Ritter’s Antoinette Capet online – and maybe one day at the Vorarlberger Landestheater

Punkt Collective’s Penelope at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town

Penelope is mainly known as the wife of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus, a king and warrior who first spent ten years in the Trojan war and then another ten struggling to find his way home to Ithaca – monsters aimed to destroy him and gods tried to prevent his return home, aiming to keep … Continue reading Punkt Collective’s Penelope at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town

Find a lunch time recital near you: Tuesdays at Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission

In times of lunch & learns and al desko dining it is important for anyone employed to reclaim your lunch break – you are entitled to this to give your eyes a rest from screens, enjoy your food, get fresh air and not check your phone and to a certain degree you are also responsible … Continue reading Find a lunch time recital near you: Tuesdays at Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission

Chasing our memories through Lambeth: Fire Hazard Games’ Jekyll / Hyde

I remember staying up all night as a teenager to read Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in one sitting as a teenager, a German translation admittedly and not the original text from 1886. The hypnotic narrative and tension made me regret years later still that Dr. Frankenstein’s fellow … Continue reading Chasing our memories through Lambeth: Fire Hazard Games’ Jekyll / Hyde

A London Dreamtime: The Snow Queen at the Union Chapel in Islington

Constantly yearning for more dramatizations of Hans Christian Andersen’s oeuvre, I am blocking my calendar immediately when hearing that the London Dreamtime / Cunning Folk bunch does a personal favourite of his literary fairy tales, The Snow Queen. I have been to storytelling events by Vanessa Woolf and George Hoyle before; an evening walk by … Continue reading A London Dreamtime: The Snow Queen at the Union Chapel in Islington

Standing ovations for Syndrome at the Tristan Bates Theatre

Back at the Actor’s Centre at the Tristan Bates Theatre I am invited to the opening night of Syndrome, a new play by Tina Jay and directing debut of Jack Brett Anderson. Admittedly I know little about the Gulf War of the early 1990s and always thought of all soldiers’ trauma as terribly tragic, unjust … Continue reading Standing ovations for Syndrome at the Tristan Bates Theatre

The Chinese New Year’s Extravaganza at The Broadway Theatre in Catford

Catford’s Broadway Theatre has been on my list of London venues yet to discover first-hand for a while – no wonder I am blown away by the unexpected size of this historic music hall and admire its art deco interior already in the box office. Here panto seasons are advertised on loud posters: The previous … Continue reading The Chinese New Year’s Extravaganza at The Broadway Theatre in Catford

Immersive Theatre: We are a fair mob – Crooks 1926

Secretly I dream to be a location scout for pop-ups and all things show business – and love the transformation of the former King William IV pub in Elephant & Castle being transformed into the hosting grounds of Crooks 1926, a new immersive theatre experience based on the gangster scene in London’s East End of … Continue reading Immersive Theatre: We are a fair mob – Crooks 1926