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Thursday, 25 February 2021

REVIEW: Songs For A New World (Lambert Jackson Productions)

Back to theatreland with ‘Songs For A New World’, a Lambert Jackson Productions, directed by Séimí Campbell takes us back in time to life in the first lockdown, as we see the development of Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle portrayed by four well known Musical Theatre artists; Cedric Neal, Rachel John, Rachel Tucker & Ramin Karimloo. The collection of songs examines life, love and the choices that we make as it transports audiences through time and space. The piece has made many songs centre around the state of the world in Summer 2020 and gives a reflection on this. 

The first thing I will say is that as soon as ‘Opening: The New World’ begins I immediately got goosebumps. There is something about Jason’s music that will always bring nostalgia and a massive well done is needed for Josh Winstone and the band for collectively producing such a wonderful arrangement. The setting is very zoom style with all actors performing the work into their cameras/iPhones. With this, it gives a raw and unpolished finished as we enter their personal homes during life in the first lockdown, shout-out to Rachel John for colour coordinating her outfits with the things in her kitchen and garden. 

Monday, 8 June 2020

The Corona Diaries: Rachel John

These recent times have been some of the hardest challenges we've faced and as a community, it hit us pretty hard. However during these difficult times, here at Pocket Size Theatre, we wanted to spread a little positivity and share some peoples experiences because we are all in this together. Each day we'll be speaking to our friends in the industry to share their experiences with you all so take a read and see how people are getting through these hard times.

Let's stick together, share the love and get through this as a community!

*Some information mentioned in this article may be out of date due to the progress of the current situation. Please keep that in mind when reading* 

Rachel John was most recently seen in The Girl From The North Country at the Gielgud Theatre, playing Mrs Neilsen. Her other credits include Angelica Schuyler in the original London cast of Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre); Shug in The Color Purple (Cadogan Hall); Nicki Marron in The Bodyguard (UK Tour & Dominion Theatre); Felicia in Memphis (Shaftsbury Theatre); Mimi in RENT (UK tour); Meat in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre); Ensemble in Sister Act (London Palladium); Shenzi in The Lion King (Asian Tour & Lyceum Theatre) and Teacher in We Will Rock You (UK Tour).

On Monday 16th March 2020, The Society of London Theatre announced the closure of all Theatres in London. This followed suit with regional venues. Where were you when you found out and what was your initial reaction? 

I was at home when I heard the news and my heart sank. I fully understood the reasons for this decision but my heart went out to all of our theatre family and audience members. The sight and sound of silence outside and within our theatre's is something I never imagined that I would witness.

Can you tell us anything productive you’ve been doing? 

I have been reading, walking and doing online workouts. I have found some hidden skills in baking and making wigs! I am also in the planning stages of hosting workshops. I really want to share my experience and see how everyone is coping.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Hardest Female roles in Musical Theatre

Being a musical theatre performer is not easy in the slightest; from the auditions to getting a job, to the constant rehearsals and finally recreating an incredible performance to a paying audience night after night. This is even before you look at some of the challenges some roles might have within them; either emotionally, physically or vocally. Here at Pocket we have teamed up with our friends at and we've put together a list of roles we think are among some of the hardest. And don't just take our word for it, we've had help from some of our performer friends who have played the roles to give you an insight to what it was like from their perspective. 

There are so many more that could be on this list so if we've missed any, tweet us what you think should be on it! @PocketSizeBlog

Saturday, 4 August 2018

DREAM CASTING: Hercules the Musical!

Hercules | Oliver Savile

Young Hercules | Benjamin Yates 

Phil | Michael Matus 


Thursday, 21 February 2013

We Will Rock You the Musical: Theatre Review

After almost 11 years after it originally opened, We Will Rock You is one of London’s longest running musicals to date. Receiving mostly bad reviews when it first opened back in 2002 it’s proved to be an audience favourite and still rocks the Dominion Theatre night after night. Over the years since its original premier its had loads of productions open all over the world; places include Australia, Japan, Las Vegas, Spain, Germany, Canada, Italy, Norway and plenty of other places with a 10th Anniversary Arena Tour opening at the end of February. 
We Will Rock You follows the story of Scaramouche and Galileo who are outcasts in a world where clones are produced, music is made by computers and all the GaGa kids watch the same thing and learn the same moves. Meat and Brit (two ‘bohemians’) find Galileo and Scaramouche and take them to the heartbreak hotel but they get found out by Khashoggi who is the right hand man to the leader of the iPlanet, the Killer Queen. In the end they find an electric guitar and find real rock music and save the world. 
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