Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Gruffalo’s Child @ The Artsdepot Theatre Review

I’ve heard that The Gruffalo is one the most fearsome animals in the woods with its gigantic paws, its horrifying eyes and its grotesque horns and tusks…Or perhaps we have more to worry about as I’ve heard that there’s an even bigger and scarier creature on the loose. It has gargantuan ears, piercing dark red eyes… apparently… and squeaks like you have never heard before! Beware of the Big Bad Mouse!

The Gruffalo's Child

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Timber! @ The Queen Elizabeth Hall (Southbank Centre)

TIMBER!!! Watch out for the grand fir tree ready to collapse at any given moment! There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors, however during these winter months, we may all beg to differ. An arduous, yet rewarding lifestyle, picture spending your working day heavy lifting, carving and chopping wood in order to literally create a roof over your head as well as to make a living… I’d imagine many of us would prefer to visit our local well known branded store than to even consider the alternative. Cue Timber! a show that infuses a sense of fun and vitality to the lifestyle and profession.

Timber

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Meow Meow ‘s Apocalypse Meow: A Crisis is Born @ The Purcell Room (Southbank Centre)

Meow Meow ‘s Apocalypse Meow:  A Crisis is Born – and much of its audience – was as camp as a mass of pink tulle. The audience, bubbling with gentle, knowing anticipation, greeted each other with kisses and “dahlings” all over the theatre.

Meow Meow

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Cabaret Confidential @ The Pheasantry Review

The Pheasantry, or “The Peasantry” according to our compere, is the grandest Pizza Express I have ever been in, or at least it looked like it would be until I entered. Once inside, it is just like all the other Pizza Express restaurants that litter the country. While perfectly acceptable for a pizza chain, this means that the atmosphere is not the most appealing for cabaret. How were Cabaret Confidential going to play this one, I wondered…

Cabaret Confidential

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Lion Boy @ The Tricycle Theatre Review

Lion Boy is an adaption of the eponymously titled hit series of novels by Zizou Corder, alias of authors Louisa Young and her daughter Isabel Adomakoh Young. Playwright Marcelo Dos Santos has revived the original 2013 production, strengthening and refining the storytelling to recreate the vivid and whimsical world of the books at The Tricycle Theatre.

Lionboy by Complicite 2014. Photograph by Mark Douet  C31B6749

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This is Not a Christmas Play @ The Top Secret Comedy Club Review

This Is Not A Christmas Play is an occasionally hilarious piece of theatre that struggles to be witty and clever while striking gold whenever it goes silly and nuts. It involves two out of work actors, a caricature of a femme fatale and in the middle of it, a desperate guy that thinks that his ex is going to return.

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A Winter’s Tale @ The Lion and Unicorn Theatre Review

A Winter’s Tale at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre (Kentish Town) follows paranoid and jealous King Leontes as he accuses his wife of adultery and the repercussions this causes. The production has been given a steam punk make-over which, although it was a struggle to make a link with, was very asthetically pleasing. The production has been directed and adapted by Ross McGregor and runs at a concise two hours including the interval.

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Cinderella @ The Grand Opera House York Review

Pantomime is integral to local theatre at Christmas. It’s so well-loved a tradition that the sight of a dame makes me feel very festive and British. Having been immersed in the slightly more sordid world of student pantomimes these past few years, I was excited to see Cinderella at the Grand Opera House in York.

Cinderella

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Rumpelstiltskin @ The Theatre Royal Bath Review

The Miller accidentally tells the King that his daughter Emily can spin straw into gold, leading to him locking her up and forcing her to complete the task or else face death. Emily has to seek the help of a mysterious and melancholy creature to help her, but once she has parted with all of her jewellery the only thing she has left to offer is her first and yet to be born child! Fast forward a year and the King and Emily are happily married, the kingdom has never been better and they are celebrating the joyous birth of their baby girl! But the evil creature demands his reward, unless Emily can guess his unusual name!

Rumpelstiltskin

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Cat in the Hat @ The Pleasance Theatre Review

It’s a rainy day, and yet there doesn’t appear to be anything better to do apart from stare at the continual rain drops trickling down the window. As Sally and her brother obediently wait for their mother to return home, what better way to spend the time than to help out with the housework, or catch up on the latest homework due in for the next day… not!

Cat in the Hat

 

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