Kat Rose-Martin’s Pick N Mix at The Pleasance

After a long, busy and grey January, comedy is what’s needed, and the Pleasance Theatre has not let me down so far when in need of mid-week laughs. Gladly, the trend to start one-act plays at 7pm continues – London’s theatre-affine commuters living outside the Underground network, desired more of this long before Covid. The … Continue reading Kat Rose-Martin’s Pick N Mix at The Pleasance

To be or not have been – Hamlet at the Southwark Playhouse

I once heard someone saying that if you understand The Lion King, you understand Hamlet. Frankly, my knowledge of William Shakespeare’s most quoted tragedy, completed in 1601, consists of communication with a ghost and with a skull in Denmark, and a couple of famous character names. I also realise that it’s the first indoor performance … Continue reading To be or not have been – Hamlet at the Southwark Playhouse

1797 – The Mariner’s Revenge at the Old Royal Naval College’s Admiral’s House

If the Dungeons sound just a tad too “family entertainment” to you, 1797 – The Mariner’s Revenge is your maritime hauntology alternative for this Halloween season: No silly shiver-me-timbers, no franchise pirates and no Hans Zimmer tunes but instead grown-up madness, all comical, cruel, chaotic and strange. Immersive theatre, but cast-led. Yes, there can always … Continue reading 1797 – The Mariner’s Revenge at the Old Royal Naval College’s Admiral’s House

Last Sales Conference Of The Apocalypse at the Waterloo East Theatre

In the Last Sales Conference Of The Apocalypse the head of a struggling start-up drags his tiny team into his own escapism fantasies during a panic attack: The shame of being a university drop-out with now also a business failure on his CV enhances childhood pain, previously carefully hidden away from his colleagues. Through a … Continue reading Last Sales Conference Of The Apocalypse at the Waterloo East Theatre

Talking Gods on stage: Persephone at Brockley’s Jack Studio Theatre in London’s Borough Of Culture

If you loved Arrow & Traps’ theatre-on-demand cycle on ancient Greek gods making their living in nowadays London as much as I, do not by any chance miss Persephone at the Brockley Jack Theatre in Lewisham, the capital’s Borough Of Culture 2022. As in the virtual Talking Gods, Hestia, the goddess of the hearth and … Continue reading Talking Gods on stage: Persephone at Brockley’s Jack Studio Theatre in London’s Borough Of Culture

No minute wasted – Sold by Mama by Dominique Little at the Hen and Chickens Theatre

Sold By Mama are forty intense, uncomfortable but also funny monodrama minutes written and performed by Dominique Izabella Little who found inspiration for her snippety collage of interviews with prostitutes during her Hollywood commute through the streets of Los Angeles. You do not have to have visit California’s City Of Angels to know about its … Continue reading No minute wasted – Sold by Mama by Dominique Little at the Hen and Chickens Theatre

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

Planning a Hamburg trip required: Watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in German (Harry Potter und das verwunschene Kind)

Happy Hufflepuffs in Hamburg at Midsummer infront of the Mehr! Theater Hamburg’s Potterheads celebrate House Pride Week and we are visiting on Hufflepuff day. My basic Potter knows Cedric Godric and Luna Lovegood as those wearing the yellow Hogwarts uniform, but I rely on the decorated banners everywhere, promoting the houses’ values for selfies and … Continue reading Planning a Hamburg trip required: Watching Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in German (Harry Potter und das verwunschene Kind)

Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre – I want to go again

Come From Away is a love letter to the wonders of air travelling and being connected, of pilots and the warm welcome another person’s home can offer when lost and unprepared: In the era of chunky Nokia phones and Hugh Grant romcoms, a provincial airport somewhere in Newfoundland unexpectedly hosts thousands of passengers which were … Continue reading Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre – I want to go again

The Ballad of Maria Marten at Wiltons Music Hall

The mysteries around the 1827 murder of a 25-year-old country woman from rural Suffolk have survived the Victorian era as the Red Barn Murder and led to several stage and screen adaptations already – but too much focus was put on the murderer, playwright Beth Flintoff realised whose play is dedicated to the actual victim, and … Continue reading The Ballad of Maria Marten at Wiltons Music Hall