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Twelfth Night at the RSC – Review

Twelfth Night by the Royal Shakespeare Company; 15th November 2017; Stratford-upon-Avon. RSC’s production of Shakespeare’s 17th century comedy serves to impress visually with its opulent scenography along with an experienced cast who engage their audience with ease. Even before the start of an RSC performance, one cannot help but admire the architecture around them, from …Read More


Acosta Danza at the Hippodrome – Review

  Famed for his leading roles in the Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta has now created his own Cuban fusion dance company Acosta Danza and I was lucky enough to attend the first night at the Hippodrome Theatre. El Cruce Sobre el Niágara (The crossing over Niagara) This male duet was inspired by a Peruvian play …Read More


Freeman at the Rep – Review

‘Freeman’, produced by Strictly Arts, explores the true stories of six people who fought a losing battle against their race, culture and mental health.   Location: The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Date: Tuesday 10th October 2017, Time: 8pm Walking through the entrance of The Rep on Tuesday happened to be my first experience of theatre …Read More


Crazy For You at the Hippodrome – Review

‘Crazy for you’ was first performed in Broadway in 1930 under a different name ‘Girl Crazy’ and despite its success at the time, and its star-studded cast, it was the debut performance of a 19-year-old Ginger Rogers. When its revival came about in the 1990s a change was clearly needed; producers thought the old style …Read More


My Beautiful Black Dog at the REP – Review

As the audience walk in, we are handed glitter: a strange premise considering we are about to see a play about depression. However, as the play begins it becomes clear that this is not a strange premise after all; Brigitte Aphrodite approaches the topic of her depression with humour and frivolity. The play consists of …Read More


Delightful at the REP – Theatre Review

Writer and lead role, Olivia Winteringham says she was inspired to write this play because she loves love stories. Her idea of a love story, however, is an unconventional one. Or perhaps you could call it a ‘conventional’ one, seeing as she chooses to explore the more real parts of love; the monotonous parts, the …Read More


‘Hairspray’ at the Hippodrome – Review

‘I know where I’ve been’, and that’s watching Hairspray at Birmingham Hippodrome. The touring show did not disappoint avid musical theatre fans as they mumbled about the amount of talent on the way out. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Entering a packed theatre, there was an air of anticipation as the lights dimmed …Read More


BEDLAM FESTIVAL: Hearing Things Review

‘Hearing Things’, which performed twice in a single day, lacerates the issue of treating mental health in both the young and old.    Location: The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Date: Saturday 21st October 2017, 8pm, Directed by Philip Osment, produced by ‘Playing ON’.   This review is written off the back of an interview I …Read More


3BUGS and LGBTQ Association’s ’12’ Review

Rating:  4.5 stars The atmosphere at the dress run of 3BUGS Fringe Theatre and UoB’s LGBTQ Association’s performance ‘12’, directed by Annie Kershaw, was one of hilarity and vibrancy. What was promised to the audience was “a new version” of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, and right from entering the space, it was clear this promise would …Read More


Theatre Review: Billy Elliot

After a twelve-year run on the West End, Billy Elliot comes to the Birmingham Hippodrome until April 29th. Many may have seen the film, but it was a packed audience whilst I was there – and rightly so. The triumphant story of Billy, an 11-year-old boy, who, with the help of his gutsy dance teacher …Read More