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Phantom Thread – Film Review

In Phantom Thread director Paul Thomas Anderson, known for Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood, reunites with favoured star Daniel Day Lewis to delve into the world of the couture, alongside fictional designer to royalty and celebrity, Reynolds Woodcock. The plot, as much as there is one in this vignette theatrical piece, follows Woodcock …Read More


Hamilton: An American Musical – Review

Sitting down to write a review of Tony award-winning (and worldwide phenomenon) Hamilton is perhaps as overwhelming as sitting through the production itself. I mean, when anyone has asked me what I’ve thought, I’ve reverted to the old cliché ‘I have no words’ every time. But I do, and I’m here to join the (still) …Read More


Kiri – Review

Kiri: middle-class white privilege, no justice, no ending. [Spoilers] The four-part thriller series Kiri stars award winning BAFTA actress Sarah Lancashire as job loving social worker Miriam. Miriam is caught up in the abduction and murder of Kiri Arkindele, a black 9-year-old girl who is about to be adopted by a white middle-class family. As …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


Dream Girls – Theatre Review

I cannot sing the praises of this musical enough. Not knowing much about the show prior to seeing it, I was blown away by the goose bump-inducing musical talent and the powerful story the show offered. This story follows, three, young, black girls on their journey to become the ‘The Dreams.’ The girls begin participating …Read More


Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Hippodrome – Review

‘Her name is Carole king. Her story is beautiful.’ Before the show I knew very little about this musical or it’s protagonist, Carole King; only that it had received rave reviews in Broadway for many years! Yet what I found was that this incredibly lively musical was filled with song after song of hits that …Read More


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