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

Wise Children are back on our home screens with Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

Wise Children are back on our home screens - I hope that a filmed staging at the Bristol Old Vic might become an annual event, happily bridging the bleak weeks between Halloween scares and Christmas season. Other than last year when we watched The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk from home, we share the experience with … Continue reading Wise Children are back on our home screens with Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

Open Bar making A Christmess Carol online

This December is the first in which I receive an email from Charles Dickens. It includes log-in details and thanks to these, tonight’s audience and actors are all together on a Zoom call: “Hello, my little Christmas crackers!” I recognize most faces from Open Bar’s Shakespeare in the Garden, the theatre company behind the only … Continue reading Open Bar making A Christmess Carol online

Watching Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on cardboard – with Polka Theatre’s key audience as judges

Reviewing a recorded play of Charles Dickens’ uber-classic A Christmas Carol, aimed at 4-11-year-olds comes with a challenge when, however hard I try, I do not fit in the target audience. Luckily, I can rely on Eliana, six, and Nico, four, who happily help out, and with the assistance of their parents we all connect digitally and watch this 15 minute show from our screens miles apart together.  The video starts … Continue reading Watching Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on cardboard – with Polka Theatre’s key audience as judges

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

Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton at the Playground Theatre in West London

Other than the façade suggests The Playground Theatre is unexpectedly spacious inside, with free seat choice around a stage carpeted in Schauss pink, a matt magenta – the program shares so many secrets about the manipulating powers of this colour that coming here was worth just for learning about this. The brochure also confirms that … Continue reading Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton at the Playground Theatre in West London

Harmonised frustration – Herstory by The Polly Clamorous Collective at the Camden People’s Theatre

Having followed The Polly Clamorous Collective (that is Aurora Richardson, Jamie Bell, Isabelle Woolley and Stefanie Bruckner) for a while at least online I am excited to see them and a first visit to the Camden People’s Theatre also adds a new venue to my audience experience. Its façade and entrance almost vanishes between Euston’s … Continue reading Harmonised frustration – Herstory by The Polly Clamorous Collective at the Camden People’s Theatre