Review of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice filmed at Southwark Playhouse

Review of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice filmed at Southwark Playhouse

Most people know of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice from the segment in the Disney movie “Fantasia” where Mickey Mouse as the eponymous hero has big trouble with brooms and buckets of water when he tries to emulate his master. However, its genesis is from a 1797 poem from German writer J W Goethe and that’s the…

Declan – The Actors Centre’s new online play – Review

Declan – The Actors Centre’s new online play – Review

Billed as “A contemporary ghost story”, Declan tells the story of Jimbo a strange and disturbed young man living in a Wiltshire suburb. Directed by Alexis Gregory this short (just twenty-five minutes) monologue, written and performed by Alistair Hall tells Jimbo’s story in flashbacks as he obsesses mainly about his missing friend Declan, as well…

Siobhan Dillon – One Voice is uplifting and life-affirming

Siobhan Dillon – One Voice is uplifting and life-affirming

As my wife would tell you, I’m a sucker for a great girl’s voice. I love Joni, Judy, Bonnie, k d, Laura, Barbra and Missy. “I recognise the first six”, I hear you say but who’s Missy? Missy is Missy Higgins a fairly obscure but wonderful Australian singer/songwriter who I’ve been listening to for years…

Frances Barber as Billie Trix in MUSIK by Pet Shop Boys & Jonathan Harvey

Frances Barber as Billie Trix in MUSIK by Pet Shop Boys & Jonathan Harvey

Whilst there are many examples of characters on TV and in the movies being spun-off into their own series, there aren’t that many (if any?) musicals that have gone through that process until it happened to fictional rock icon “Billie Trix”. Originally the narrator in the Pet Shop Boys 2001 musical “Closer To Heaven”, she…

SHIDA: Written and Performed by Jeannette Bayardelle | Review

SHIDA: Written and Performed by Jeannette Bayardelle | Review

Shida is a new musical based on the true story of a girl growing up in the Bronx, a tough neighbourhood of New York in the nineties. As the eponymous character ages from nine into her twenties, we meet her mother, aged English teacher, her best friend and other assorted characters. These are all well-defined,…