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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

Loving Vincent – Film Review

In a world of Michael Bay, Transformers, the Marvel and DC juggernauts of explosions, disintegrating buildings, and scales of epic proportions, the word spectacle can seem tired or mundane. Something the viewership has come to expect, and something which one can rationalise and predict and quickly forget. ‘Loving Vincent’ is a singularly unique viewing experience, …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

England and Scotland Autumn Internationals Review

As the trees turn from a petit pois hue to soft caramel and a deep crimson, and the daylight mimics a Scandinavian crime drama, rugby union gets an autumnal renaissance. This will surely satisfy every rugby fan in the land before Christmas completely dominates everyone’s consciousness. Below is a review of Scotland’s and England’s Autumn …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

Comedy Review: Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh Fringe is renowned for the weird and wonderful. Within the extent of the Royal Mile and over the 400 venues where thousands of performances take place, new comedy of all kinds are in every corner. Things you could never imagine occur within the liberal city’s small, cramped, make-shift performance rooms. Albeit some of it …Read More