Wednesday, 19 July 2017

REVIEW: Brexodus the Musical at The Other Palace

Only a year ago one of the most dividing referendums shook Britain and is now well underwear after the triggering of article 50; this is the source Material for this week’s resident show, in the studio space at The Other Palace. 

Written by David Sherriff and Frederick Appleby, Brexodus gives us a sort of fly on the wall aspect to the last year and a bit in British politics starting with David Cameron negotiating Britain’s deal in the EU and ending after article 50. The writers have so much to be able to write about the I feel as if they have missed several tricks. To start the script could be funnier. We’ve seen politics more and more in the news to the point where politicians are becoming caricatures of themselves and so this script had to be bigger to be true satire, instead of using a pastiche of Shakespeare in the script he should have continued to develop the pacing of the humour and the portrayal of the ‘characters’ instead they are written almost too true to life and creates a harder job for the actors. 

Monday, 17 July 2017

REVIEW: And the Award goes to..! at The Water Rats

When I first opened the programme to find songs such as Confrontation from Les Miserables, Wash that Man from South Pacific and You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray my eyes rolled and the thought popped into my head of “Oh no, not another cabaret with the same old tunes in” but the way it was presented in this show was surprising and refreshing. 

The title of this cabaret reflects the theme, songs from musicals that have won Best Musical at the Tony Awards. Included are the much-loved hits that we all love when they come on shuffle on our iTunes but it also featured some not so obvious and over sung songs.

This cabaret is presented by The Out of Work Collective, this company was “established to create opportunities for those ‘out of work’ artists”. The idea behind this company and what it stands for is exactly what we need in this industry right now, there is so much talent right under our noses (or behind the merchandise counter), we need more of this kind of work to showcase this talent. 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

REVIEW: Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales at Leicester Square Theatre

In the heart of the mighty jungle a young monkey has lost his mother and needs a bit of human help to find her. Meanwhile, in the southern regions of the United States, a lady farmer is unhappy with her tiny house and seeks precious advice from the old wise man. Strolling around town in his old scruffy clothes, George The Giant longs for a makeover and some new friends. Whereas, deep under the sea, the young Tiddler is reluctant to attend fish school and makes up some wonderful stories to justify his lateness.

Born from the pens of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Monkey Puzzle, A Squash and a Squeeze, The Smartest Giant in Town and Tiddler are four lovely stories presented by the same team behind Stick Man Live.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

10 shows to take the Kids to this Summer

Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre 

Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. 

Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre 

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. 

With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Winner of 50 major international awards, including 12 for Best Musical, Matilda continues to delight audiences in London, New York, Sydney and across the United States.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

REVIEW: Grease at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking

Whether you’re a musical theatre fanatic or not, chances are you’ve seen the iconic 1978 film “Grease” starring John Travolta Olivia Newton-John. Everyone knows we go together like ram-alama-lama kadingeekadingadong! The latest UK tour sees Danielle Hope (The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables) and Tom Parker (The Wanted) tackle those world renowned roles: Sandy Dubowski and Danny Zuko respectively. In a show like Grease which is preceeded by such a cult classic film, a stage adaptation is never going to please everyone. Not everyone can be pleased – it will either be too similar to the classic film or not pay enough of an homage. Either way, directors Robert Stigwood, Paul Nicholas and David Ian, alongside choreographer Arlene Phillips have their work cut out with Grease. As performed on the West End stage when the revival re-opened in 2007, this tour takes the best of the 1950’s and reminds us that Grease is, indeed (still) the word. 

Phillips’ choreography is fabulous – it’s hugely energetic and dynamic. The “Born To Hand Jive” moves have been revived beyond recognition, as have the legendary Greased Lightnin’ fist pumps. Nevertheless, the die hard Grease fans in the stalls persisted to perform the choreography they remember from the film (!) The opening number “Grease is the Word” is one of my all-time favourites from any show. I remember being a wide-eyed 12 year old watching the choreography in awe and I’m thrilled to say the moves are the same now as they were then – clean cut, sharp and downright awesome.