Zoom into Wintery Tales – an online evening of storytelling

After a long day of working from home as I have done since March, I am too tired to switch on my camera for this online evening of storytelling and opt for the role as a silent listener. Fellow listeners here are far more interactive, greeting friends and relatives in the southern hemisphere, present their … Continue reading Zoom into Wintery Tales – an online evening of storytelling

Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love at the Hammersmith Lyric – for your ears only

The audio recording of Love, Love, Love begins with a warning of strong language and explicit sexual scenes, then a collage of news footage of the UK’s chaotic lockdown start in March follows, especially difficult for theatres suddenly hanging in limbo: The government did not close them but advised their guests not to go. “Missed … Continue reading Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love at the Hammersmith Lyric – for your ears only

Theatre on demand (Riverside Studios 2014) – Theatre Lab Company’s Medea by Euripides

The drums and instruments played at Theatre Lab Company’s Medea might be the same I have heard last time at a Kurdish wedding – here at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith the wedding celebrations of Jason and Glauce are held. We hear from the attending servants who curse the famous Argo Jason arrived with at … Continue reading Theatre on demand (Riverside Studios 2014) – Theatre Lab Company’s Medea by Euripides

Take a London city break – listen to The Understudy

Did you know that you can point out actors at a party because they will harmonize when singing Happy Birthday? Expect more thrusts on The Ivy scene, people boring others with their knowledge about Japanese whiskey while quoting from Notting Hill for unrequested aspiration - enter the world of struggling actor Stephen. Failing to bond … Continue reading Take a London city break – listen to The Understudy

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!

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