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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


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


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


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