Theatre

REVIEW – Sing In The City

*****

By Isabella Fraser Aw Blacks is one of several Sing in the City choirs with members from a range of backgrounds and ages. Accompanied by a 6 piece band, the choir is led by MD and creator Kirsty Baird, a human dynamo who brings a great deal of energy to the evening, helping the 44-strong […]

REVIEW – A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Henry V

*****

  Merely Theatre combines a ‘stripped back’ approach of play essentials, basic set and costume, and barely any props with full on energy, enthusiasm, and engagement with text and audience. The five strong cast – which is assembled from a pool of ten actors – tackle Shakespeare with verve, understanding and carrying vocal power in […]

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REVIEW – Tipping The Velvet, Lyceum Theatre

*****

Lights, gavel, action. Transporting the audience of The Royal Lyceum back to the building’s Victorian roots, loquacious chairman David Cardy time-travels between the now and then, helping to frame Lyndsey Turner’s innovative and entertaining dramatisation of Sarah Waters’ novel of sexual and class-based liberation. Versatile and watchable newcomer Sally Messham is Nancy Astley, the pivot […]

REVIEW – Hamlet (NTEncore Screening), Edinburgh Festival Theatre

*****

By Isabella Fraser   Director Lyndsey Turner has created a Hamlet that, in moving the storyline around and re-ordering text, brings out a clear story of a man grieving for the loss of his father, the loss of his own youth and ultimately the loss of family. With a set designed by Es Devlin that […]

REVIEW – Rebecca, King’s Theatre

*****

By Isabella Fraser A glorious, riotously madcap version of Rebecca, director and adaptor Emma Rice has brought to life an interpretation unlike any other of this story. With a fantastic, almost-nightmare-ish set that cleverly adapts and twists to allow unusual entrances, staircases that lead to somewhere sometimes and a boat that makes an unexpected entrance, […]

REVIEW – Lord Of The Flies, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

*****

  By Isabella Fraser William Golding’s classic novel has long been a staple in schools and in watching this new stage adaptation by Nigel Williams, expect many a flashback to the days of English lessons. There is a strange mix of modernisation of text – there is an intentionally up-to-date use of a selfie stick […]

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REVIEW – The Shawshank Redemption, King’s Theatre

*****

By Isabella Fraser A story of friendship and endurance set in the reality of prison life, The Shawshank Redemption is best known as an Oscar-nominated film. However, this theatre production is based instead on the original novella written by Stephen King relatively early in his career. An impressive walled set shows the edges of the […]

REVIEW – Brave New World, King’s Theatre

*****

By Isabella Fraser A gloriously mesmerizing and unsettling play, Dawn King’s adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is an exciting and intelligent interpretation of the famous novel. Complemented by deliberately sanitized uniformity in both movement and staging from director James Dacre and movement director Eddie Kay, this new production effortlessly presents a glimpse into […]

REVIEW – All My Sons, King’s Theatre

*****

By Isabella Fraser Arthur Miller’s first big triumph, written in 1947, soon after the end of the Second World War, All My Sons is still as relevant today as it was when it first ran on Broadway. Deliberately focusing on the consequences of man’s greed, it looks at the fallout within a family, the wealthy […]

REVIEW – Waiting For Godot, Lyceum Theatre

*****

On a stark white landscape dominated by a single tree, two gentlemen of the road wait. The end. A performance of Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece succeeds or fails on the prowess of its cast. Here, with Brian Cox and Bill Paterson aching into the boots of Vladimir and Estragon, director Mark Thomson has most certainly hit […]