Reviews


Blood Knot by Athol Fugard – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Since it’s more than half a century since the first staging of this early Athol Fugard play, it has become something of an historical document as well as a continuingly relevant study of South African apartheid’s contamination of human relations. The relations in question here are close, even fraternal, as the plot concerns two adult half-brothers (same mother, different fathers) leading a hard-pressed life together in a shack in the “coloured” section of Port Elizabeth. …

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Review of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre, London

Press night at the Adelphi Theatre London for the musical Waitress and they are going all out to make us feel welcome. I love it when a theatre gets involved and the Adelphi’s wonderful Front of House staff dressing up in waitress uniforms and selling pies, a photo-stand of Joe’s Diner for the audience to pose with and a comments notice board – they are really getting involved, which makes you feel very welcome as …

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Review of Bring Them Home at the Vault Festival

The Vaults have long been one of the most intriguing venues in London, with its penchant for mounting some of the most innovative and interactive productions that really push the boundaries of what theatre is and can be. One such production is the delightful Bring Them Home by Treehouse. Described as a mega-game, this experience is equal parts board game, interactive theatre and treat for one’s inner child. Upon arrival to Unit 9, we were …

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Review of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic

Good versus evil. Truth versus lies. Free will versus actions determined by the circumstances of our existence. These are the dichotomies that Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train puts up against each other, whilst exploring the injustices and complexities of the American justice system. Whilst Angel Cruz (Ukweli Roach) is locked up in prison for a murder accusation after he shoots a cult leader, Lucius Jenkins (Oberon K.A. Adjepong) is serving time for …

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Review of Fame The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre

In 1980, “Fame” appeared on our cinema screens, conceived by producer David De Silva and directed by Alan Parker. Set in the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, it was a superb movie that portrayed the lives of the students and teachers at the school. It had superb three-dimensional characters, exuberant dance routines, it had pathos, it had tragedy, comedy and most of all it had a fabulous soundtrack of tremendous songs. …

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