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Posts by Henry Silk

Panto Soc: Sleeping Beauty – Review

Despite the time of year, I was eager to see how the Pantomime Society would stage this classic fairy tale. Beforehand, I read that it had been given several twists by writers Harriet Waller and Rhian Maria Paolella (also director). You could not miss members of the cast in their glimmering costumes, wandering around the …Read More

The Importance of Being Earnest by 3 Bugs Fringe Theatre – Review

This was the second 3 Bugs production I saw all year in the Guild. Staged in the Dance Studio (underground), the crew did very well to create the world of a bachelor’s flat and later country house. Audience members were kindly greeted by Algernon’s manservant, Lane (Charles Michael), and this immediately told me that there …Read More

Slice at the MAC – Review

An intriguing display of work from third year students studying Contemporary Practice at the University of Birmingham. The reason for going to this showcase was a result of a lecture announcement made by a third year student and an email sent out. After friends of mine expressed their interest to go along, I thought it …Read More

Real Magic at the MAC – Review

Real Magic by Forced Entertainment at MAC, 23rd November 2017, 8pm. What appears to be a low-brow piece of postmodernism is actually rich in high-brow political and cultural issues. The six members of Forced Entertainment have put on acclaimed work for over thirty years. As contemporary companies go, they stand out for their experimentation with …Read More

American Idiot by GMTG – Review

Green Day’s American Idiot by Guild Musical Theatre Group (GMTG), Debating Hall, Guild of Students, Saturday 25th November 2017. The powerful voices and commanding presence of every performer stands out in this punk rock musical Despite being a Drama & Theatre student myself and having appeared in one production, this was the first piece of …Read More

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

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

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