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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


Seasons of Love a GMTG Showcase – Review

Upon entering the intimate Dance Studio, the décor immediately set the scene for the show. With fairy lights surrounding the stage and the cast sitting behind the audience, there was a real sense of unity in the room. This was perhaps aided by the fact that the cast and audience were very small (18 cast …Read More


Hedonism by Footnotes Comedy Society – Review

Hedonism, written by student George Bandy, centres around one night at a house party. “When Hannah’s parents go away for the weekend, she knows it is finally her chance to throw her first party; unfortunately, she has no idea how to throw one, and so just invites everybody she knows, as well as the most …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


Twelfth Night at the RSC – Review

Twelfth Night by the Royal Shakespeare Company; 15th November 2017; Stratford-upon-Avon. RSC’s production of Shakespeare’s 17th century comedy serves to impress visually with its opulent scenography along with an experienced cast who engage their audience with ease. Even before the start of an RSC performance, one cannot help but admire the architecture around them, from …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


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


My Beautiful Black Dog at the REP – Review

As the audience walk in, we are handed glitter: a strange premise considering we are about to see a play about depression. However, as the play begins it becomes clear that this is not a strange premise after all; Brigitte Aphrodite approaches the topic of her depression with humour and frivolity. The play consists of …Read More


‘Hairspray’ at the Hippodrome – Review

‘I know where I’ve been’, and that’s watching Hairspray at Birmingham Hippodrome. The touring show did not disappoint avid musical theatre fans as they mumbled about the amount of talent on the way out. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Entering a packed theatre, there was an air of anticipation as the lights dimmed …Read More


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