Reviews


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, distinctive characters each with their own individual personalities and traits. But what makes these characters special is that they’re all …

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The Weatherman By Eugene O’Hare at Park Theatre | Review

Eugene O’Hare’s debut play, The Weatherman is not for the fainthearted. It’s a disturbing mix of brutality and indifference that casts a harsh floodlight on the sordid underbelly of British society. Its depiction of a hidden world we all know exists, sex trafficking of children in London, leaves us with a burgeoning message – it is our own flabby morality that allows all manner of evil to proliferate in this huge melting pot of a …

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Queen of the Mist at Charing Cross Theatre – Review

You climb Everest because it’s there. You trek to the South Pole to pit yourself against the daunting challenge of nature. And you wedge yourself into a barrel and allow yourself to be swept over Niagara Falls because… well I’m not really sure. It’s brave – probably; it’s daring – indubitably; it’s heroic – arguably; and it’s completely fool-hardy but, hey, whatever floats your boat, eh? Or floats your barrel. The falls at Niagara are …

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Saint Paul’s Church, Covent Garden

What better place is there to put on a play set in the surroundings of a cathedral than in the surroundings of a church? A church nicknamed ‘The Actors’ Church’ in fact. The setting was used well in this promenade production as we moved around the churchyard, although it was perhaps most fitting at the end when we were ushered inside the church for the final scene. There was even brief use of the organ. …

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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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