Author: Chris Omaweng


Review of The Time Of Our Lies at Park Theatre

There are lots of reasons not to go to war – the tools of negotiation not having been fully exhausted yet, the potential loss of life, the financial expenses incurred, and the psychological impact of battle on military personnel and civilians alike to name a few. The life of Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was not one I had come across before seeing The Time of Our Lies – but his political views are certainly intriguing, even …

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Review of The Wider Earth at The Natural History Museum

Just by googling Charles Darwin (1809-1882) – other search engines are available – the famous image of the scientist is evident: the sober look of a wise, bearded man with decades of accumulated knowledge. The Wider Earth could have chosen to capitalise on that familiar picture, and while some later arguments and counter-arguments about his well-known ‘On The Origin of Species’ may have made for some gritty and explosive theatre, this production instead focuses as …

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Review of Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate at London’s Coliseum

Too darn hot? Well, almost. It’s certainly a very heart-warming show. Not that long after the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Kiss Me, Kate, which transferred to The Old Vic late in 2012 comes, to misquote the title of one of the musical’s numbers, another opening of another production, this time from Opera North. This one has been doing the rounds since 2015 but has a brief residence at the London Coliseum in June 2018, …

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Kes at The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre – Review

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote about a little girl. “When she was good / She was very good indeed, / But when she was bad, she was horrid.” Such conduct seems to apply to many people in the life of Billy Casper (Simon Stallard). A large number of other characters are taken on by ‘The Man’ (Rob Pomfret), including Billy’s older brother Jud, their mother, and miscellaneous pupils and members of staff at Billy’s school. …

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The Tempest at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre – Review

The unique selling point in this production of The Tempest is an all-female cast (though I note, without further comment on this point, that the director, producer and musical director are all men). It’s not the first time it’s been done – the Donmar Warehouse staged a trilogy of Shakespeare plays with an all-female cast: the other two were Julius Caesar and Henry IV, staged in 2012 and 2014 respectively, with The Tempest following in …

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