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The Darkness of Robins – Comedy Review

★★★★★ 5.0 stars   Never before have I left a comedy show feeling so much sympathy and remorse for the comedian. This harrowing, emotional and poignant piece of stand-up, at times induced grimacing reactions from the audience, and others, raucous laughter. John Robins himself has been in the comedy scene since 2005, before which he …Read More


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


Brief Encounter at the REP – Review

Brief Encounter is a tale of forbidden love and fake reality, shown to the audience through a variety of different techniques including song, dance, physical theatre, and captivating uses of interactive screen play, brought to us by Kneehigh, a theatre company originally from Cornwall who have been touring with their work for the last 30 years. …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


Mowgli – Restaurant Review

Mowgli first caught my eye back in late 2017 when I saw the extravagant exterior being installed at Birmingham’s Grand Central station, deep inky walls and swinging chairs got me with an easy aesthetic win. From then its foodie allure remained a rumour only sparked again when my housemate filled me in on all its …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