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

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

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

Heartwarmingly family-friendly: The Green Ship by Quentin Blake in London’s Librarian Theatre

Sir Quentin Blake is without doubt Britain’s most famous illustrator – even me growing up in Hamburg knew thanks to Roald Dahl’s BFG his drawing of Queen Elizabeth II before I knew Andy Warhol’s version. I have not come across Blake’s own children stories before though and therefore happily follow the invitation to the Librarian … Continue reading Heartwarmingly family-friendly: The Green Ship by Quentin Blake in London’s Librarian Theatre

Awkwardly sad: Awkward Conversations With Animals I F***ed at the King’s Head Theatre

I finally made it to the King’s Head Theatre and the first thing I hear when ordering a drink at the pub bar is the applause – I am here for the late performance at 9.30pm but the previous one seems to have convinced the audience already. Inside, I am surprised how big the stage is for … Continue reading Awkwardly sad: Awkward Conversations With Animals I F***ed at the King’s Head Theatre

Bulgakov’s The Fatal Eggs at the Barons Court Theatre

On my continued mission to absorb Mikhail Bulgakov’s complete oeuvre on stage I am in the vaults under the Curtain Up pub in Kensington which hosts the Barons Court Theatre underneath. It is my first visit here and after a German version in Zurich and a subtitled performance in Russian the first time I see … Continue reading Bulgakov’s The Fatal Eggs at the Barons Court Theatre

Ghost Stories at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith – a scare that stays with you

Because print is still the most engaging advertising channel I am already back at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith – Ghost Stories do not allow visitors under 15th, advertises with audience reaction from their “scream cam”, and has therefore been picked by me for a night out in the theatre for a big birthday with friends from Hamburg. Bringing people … Continue reading Ghost Stories at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith – a scare that stays with you

Berberian Sound Studio live on stage at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden

I have watched Berberian Sound Studio on DVD several times – cohabiting with an Italophile AV technician led the film towards me naturally. Both the film and its soundtrack have become a code word for everyone interested in foley art and sound creation and is further well known among the fans of Italian horror director … Continue reading Berberian Sound Studio live on stage at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden

In Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre: The Animals and Children took to the Streets!

This is a piece of theatre about a less frequented district of a huge city and about the urban anonymity and inequality leading to loneliness. I am in Hammersmith’s Lyrics and after several parties and lunches on their excellent roof terrace above the high street I’m finally in the actual theatre. Having wanted to see … Continue reading In Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre: The Animals and Children took to the Streets!