Ukulele orchestra, assemble – a Shakespeare double bill in England’s pub gardens

In the week the ongoing heatwave in England has made international headlines and has officially declared a national drought, the Open Bar Theatre Company are visiting Caterham on the Hill’s pub The King And Queen. Not once, but twice. The troupe has split into two groups, one touring Shakespeare’s The Taming Of The Shrew, the … Continue reading Ukulele orchestra, assemble – a Shakespeare double bill in England’s pub gardens

Try Harder at the Omnibus Theatre – a genuinely good debut

As someone who has worked in the UK most of my post-uni life, I am intrigued by Try Harder, Yusuf Niazi’s playwright debut: What are young people willing to do nowadays in order to get a job? At the point the story starts, Lucy, Sam and Grace are all desperate for money, so desperate that … Continue reading Try Harder at the Omnibus Theatre – a genuinely good debut

Celebrating Ursula under the waves– Fat Rascal’s Unfortunate at the Underbelly Festival

In early Spring 2020 Fat Rascal’s podcast was the soundtrack to my first lockdown jigsaws, while theatre company founder Robyn Grant busied herself and the team with expanding Unfortunate’s story and the amount of songs to an evening filling production: The potty-mouthed retelling of Disney’s The Little Mermaid from sea witch Ursula’s perspective offers sheer … Continue reading Celebrating Ursula under the waves– Fat Rascal’s Unfortunate at the Underbelly Festival

Chop Me Up Or Let Me Go at the Bread And Roses Theatre in Clapham

You have truly made it in show biz if you have been abducted by a mega fan: Tom Reynolds’ radical admirer is the gun-equipped, wide-eyed epidemiologist Astrid Barton (Ciara Murphy) who has obsessively watched every piece of video footage of her favourite actor. In a room decorated with signed film posters and photographs, he is … Continue reading Chop Me Up Or Let Me Go at the Bread And Roses Theatre in Clapham

An Evening Without Kate Bush at the Soho Theatre 

When one of your favourite living artists stopped live gigs years before you were born, seeing her eventually perform live, feels surreal. Given her rare performances, superfans have turned to impersonators, theme parties, interviews with her stage dancers, fiction with fortifying titles like Waiting For Kate Bush and her biography Under The Ivy (updated in … Continue reading An Evening Without Kate Bush at the Soho Theatre 

Ladies and Jellicles – Linus Karp at the Phoenix Arts Club

The euro techno beats of an upbeat version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Memory welcome me at the Phoenix Arts Club once my covid pass has been checked, followed by another non-conical Let’s Get Jellicle anthem. If you know how the blue Belgium comic goblins describe events as smurftastic you get an idea of tonight’s one … Continue reading Ladies and Jellicles – Linus Karp at the Phoenix Arts Club

Anna Bridgforth as Suzanne Bachner in the authour’s autobiographic The Good Adoptee

As the live stream in the US did not suit my Greenwich meantime schedule, I welcome the recording of Suzanne Bachner’s one woman show The Good Adoptee on YouTube. It is the story of her own search for her birth parents after having been matched with her family as the “cutest little baby in the … Continue reading Anna Bridgforth as Suzanne Bachner in the authour’s autobiographic The Good Adoptee

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!

It’s like panto – Emma Rice does Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld in the London Coliseum

Experiencing Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld on an opera stage has been on my wishlist for a long time. When I hear that Emma Rice’ production returns to London’s magnificent Coliseum for a few performances it takes some rearrangements to at least join the very last staging – and the newsletter of her production … Continue reading It’s like panto – Emma Rice does Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld in the London Coliseum