Missed opportunities: The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh at Caterham’s Miller Centre

My theatre seat bum has not been to an actual theatre since early 2020, just after I moved to Surrey. With all due respect, it is itching to be back in the audience. After a disastrous first attempt, I am not happy to get on London’s underground too soon again, and instead aim to check … Continue reading Missed opportunities: The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh at Caterham’s Miller Centre

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

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

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

Live and online from Bristol: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

The piano overture of this little masterpiece of musical theatre already brings some reminiscence of Anatevka – it was Marc Chagall who made the fiddler on the roof a cultural icon in his paintings, reminiscing about the place he grew up in, in what is now Belarus. There is also a cello on stage (played … Continue reading Live and online from Bristol: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

You cannot furlough the spirit of summer – Shakespeare in the Garden plays The Tempest in Surrey

It was a relief when the Shakespeare In The Garden troupe from the Open Bar theatre company got the go ahead to tour England’s pub gardens as long as social distancing measures were in place. I bought my tickets immediately as this is something which needs supporting, no matter if I would feel comfortable going … Continue reading You cannot furlough the spirit of summer – Shakespeare in the Garden plays The Tempest in Surrey

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