Author: Genni Trickett


Review of Matilda the Musical at Cambridge Theatre, London

When reviewing productions aimed at children, usually the highest accolade is to say “It works on two levels”, meaning that some of the content will be appreciated by the children and some by their parents. Matilda is the exception to that rule. It works on one level; one cheerfully revolting, hilarious and touching level which has been delighting children and adults alike for the past eight years. I mean – an all singing, all dancing …

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Review of The Wedding Reception

The team behind the mighty Faulty Towers Dining Experience is branching out into weddings. Or, more precisely, a wedding reception – the wedding itself has already happened. Kate and Will, desperate to keep the affair as low-key as possible, opted for a discreet registry office ceremony; however, they reckoned without the force of nature that is the bride’s mother. Lynne, resplendent in fuschia and determined to have a proper party, has gathered us all together …

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Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair at Above The Arts Theatre

For anyone who saw Beach Comet’s last nutty and hilarious offering, Vampire Hospital Waiting Room, the question was; How on earth are they going to follow that? Well now we know; with a deranged disaster B Movie/supernatural murder mystery/romantic comedy. Set on a cruise ship. What else? Apocalypse centres on the increasingly deranged quest of the tormented Captain Bleaufont to be reunited (very physically) with his long dead love,  Mandy. The fact that he will have to sacrifice his ship …

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Review of Noel Coward’s Home Chat at Finborough Theatre

Unusually, I feel I should begin this review with a few words about the venue. The Finborough Theatre never ceases to amaze me, both in terms of the plays themselves and the staging. The sheer variety and ambition of their productions would do credit to any theatre, let alone one above a pub. The things they manage to achieve in that small room are simply astounding; every time I go up there I feel as though I am in …

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Extravaganza Macabre at Battersea Arts Centre – Review

For me, the word extravaganza when used in a theatrical context conjures up certain mental images. Luxuriant costumes, lurid makeup, complex set and props, mind­boggling special effects, that kind of thing. This production, by Little Bulb, has none of those things. It doesn’t need them. What is does have, in spades, is imagination, creativity and a sense of fun. The kind of sense of fun that takes a false moustache, a plethora of ludicrous hats, some plastic swords, a …

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