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101 Dalmatians at the REP – Review

The question on everyone’s lips as they entered the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s main stage ‘The HOUSE’ for this year’s festive performance was ‘how on earth are they going to get one hundred and one dogs on stage?’ Director Tessa Walker decided that puppetry was the answer, and enlisted puppet designer and director Jimmy Grimes to …Read More


Macbeth by Article19 – Review

When tackling a play as momentous and deeply explored as Shakespeare’s Macbeth, one must think hard about how to inventively approach what has been done so many times before. Director Harry Tennison seemed to realize this challenge, writing in the Director’s note for the production of the active attempt to make “a play about the …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


Road by 3BUGS – Theatre Review

As soon as I stepped into the Amos Room for 3BUG’s production of Jim Cartwright’s ‘Road’, I knew I was in for a treat. The audience were fully immersed in the production from the word go, with a live band playing 80’s hits whilst the actors danced in character. We weren’t in the Guild, we …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


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


Time Critical – Theatre Review

A show with a simple idea: it’s been 26 years since the start of Stan’s Café, so how do we celebrate? The answer is a chess battle between one performer, compressing the last 26 years of world history into 26 minutes vs. 26 minutes of Stan’s Cafe’s personal history. Stan’s Café is a theatre company …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


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