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3BUGS and LGBTQ Association’s ’12’ Review

Rating:  4.5 stars The atmosphere at the dress run of 3BUGS Fringe Theatre and UoB’s LGBTQ Association’s performance ‘12’, directed by Annie Kershaw, was one of hilarity and vibrancy. What was promised to the audience was “a new version” of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, and right from entering the space, it was clear this promise would …Read More


Theatre Review: Billy Elliot

After a twelve-year run on the West End, Billy Elliot comes to the Birmingham Hippodrome until April 29th. Many may have seen the film, but it was a packed audience whilst I was there – and rightly so. The triumphant story of Billy, an 11-year-old boy, who, with the help of his gutsy dance teacher …Read More


Review: Watch This Presents: Where We Buried the Doll, by Rebecca Chapman

Watch This – Society for Original Theatre presented the Guild with three nights of ‘Where We Buried the Doll’ last week, a fast-paced piece on the themes of power, twisted love, and public scandal. Protagonist Jane, a high-flying fashion photographer, is hit with a potentially ruining sex scandal, as her celebrity boyfriend Madson is accused …Read More


Review: Article19 Presents: The Tempest

‘A deserted island. A parent and their child scavenge for food. A lonely native slave collects wood for their fire. A mischievous fairy race runs rife. And a shipwrecked group of noblemen soon discover that this island is far less deserted than they thought.  Article19 Theatre Company is delighted to present William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’. …Read More


Theatre Review: 3BUGS Presents: Pysche

In a world where January seemed never-ending, deadlines were looming and Donald Trump had just become the President of the USA, there was a desperate need for some glitter, magic and light relief in all our lives. As we stumbled into a transformed dance studio of the Guild for the final night of ‘Psyche’, a …Read More


Review: Watch This Presents ‘Saturation’ by Jonathan Chadwick

Birmingham’s very own theatre society ‘Watch This’ has come together for their second original play of the year, presenting us with Jonathan Chadwick’s creation ‘Saturation’. The premise of the play focuses on four deep sea divers who lose contact with their handlers, and how they continue, trapped in the walls of a saturation chamber. The …Read More


Review: 3BUGS presents ‘Rules for Living’ by Sam Holcroft

Rating: 5 stars Will Jackson’s latest directing endeavour, ‘Rules For Living’ by Sam Holcroft, truly encapsulates the hellish nature and loathing bubbling beneath every dysfunctional family’s traditional annual Christmas gathering; the lifelong sibling rivalries, the suppressed resentments, the relationships strained to breaking point, a love that can’t be declared out loud. This play has it …Read More


Review: Pride and Prejudice at The REP

‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man of good fortune must be in want of a wife’ – these are the quintessential lines that both open and close the Regents Park Theatre Company’s frivolous and titillating take on the Austen classic. Based on the adaptation by Simon Reade, Austen’s whit and sarcasm …Read More


Review: Demi Nandhra’s ‘Life is No Laughing Matter’

  “This show has the potential to make you both laugh out loud and well up” states Battersea Arts Centre, in what I consider a major understatement for Demi Nandhra’s ‘Life is No Laughing Matter’, an autobiographical one-woman show about mental illness. In 75 minutes, Nandhra offers a comedic, impassioned, and at some moments genuinely …Read More


Review: A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

Currently playing at the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre is the new musical ‘A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer’. The co-production with Complicite and HOME Manchester is part vibrant musical, part heart-wrenching verbatim and autobiography. The first act is introduced through voice-over by Bryony Kimmings, the writer, director, and inspiration of her main character, Emma. Emma is …Read More