Category Archives: Review Roundup

So was it Dead Funny?

Dead Funny is playing at the Vaudeville Theatre and currently booking until February 4th 2017

We recently teamed up with the lovely guys at StagedoorApp to have our largest theatrebloggers trip to the theatre to date. Over a dozen bloggers and their guests took a trip to The Vaudeville Theatre to watch Terry Johnson play Dead Funny.

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Bumblescratch

Whilst Theatrebloggers are being kept very busy going to see shows each week, it is a while since we have had a large outing to the theatre together.

A red carpet gala performance of a brand new musical was just the event to get us all excited.

Last Sunday we send several bloggers to the Adelphi Theatre in London to see Bumblescratch.

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The Plough and the Stars – National Theatre

We are LOVING sending bloggers to the National Theatre on the Southbank, we have had so very successful trips so far with The Threepenny Opera and The Deep Blue Sea!

What is apparent is how our bloggers all take something a little different away from the productions. This is the beauty of theatre, it can mean different things to different people.

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The Women and War Festival

TheatreBloggers have been very fortunate to have been invited to review the productions at the Women and War Festival which is taking place throughout the month of July at the So and So Arts Club at 6 Frederick’s Place, in London.

The programme is varied with performances from a wide variety of production companies, however all the the productions have one thing in common. The festival aims to document, explore and give voice to the experiences of women from across the centuries and the world before during and after war.

www.womenandwar.co.uk

Using a variety of disciplines there is something in the festival that will appeal to and educate everyone, so run down and buy yourself a ticket before the end of July. Alternatively if you are a member of TheatreBloggers (details about joining here) we can arrange for you to see one or more productions in the festival in return for writing about it, (email sammi@theatrebloggers.co.uk) if you would like to find out more.

Sooooo – out of the productions we are reviewing, what did our Bloggers think? Here is a rundown

 

Production  What did our Bloggers think?
 AphraBehn sm The Masks of Aphra Behn  Shy Strange Manic
 Munojot  Munojat Pursued by Bears
 War Babies War Babies A view from the balcony
 By My Strength By My Strength Daniel Perks
 Nepenthe sm  Nepenthe A view from the Balcony

Daniels Perks

 

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Barbu – Spiegeltent – London Wonderground.

Barbu – Spiegeltent

15th Jun – 25th Sep 2016

Daring, daft and sexy as hell! Packed with astonishing acrobatics and perfectly-groomed beards, this is cabaret but not as you know it. Performed by one of the world’s greatest circus companies – Canada’s Cirque Alfonse.

A spectacularly raucous and sexy circus, BARBU (the company behind 2013’s madcap lumberjack circus Timber!) will take the form of edge-of-your-seat, off-the-wall entertainment to a whole other level with breathtakingly sweaty performances. Set to a heart thumping score, circus and mayhem collide to wow you in this adventure of almighty skills and muscly torsos. Hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed premier at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, get ready to party!

First off our bloggers had the opportunity to ply Antoine Carabinier Lepine founder and leader of Cirque Alfonse with questions about the show – they got some pretty interesting answers.

And then the reviews!!!! Happy Reading.

 

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Some Girl(s)

Park Theatre – 14th July – 6 August 2016

Buckland Theatre Company are presenting Some Girl(s) written by Neil LaBute and directed by Gary Condes at the Park Theatre.

Some of our Bloggers were invited to ask the cast some questions for their blogs and will shortly be reviewing the show as well as tweeting the Q and A session afterwards with Terri Paddock.

Guy is desperate to clear his conscience before he gets married to his beautiful bride to be. So he sets off on a psychological and physical journey across America, to make amends with four old flames. With a blend of honesty, humour and heart, this riveting, and ultimately liberating, dark comedy is a perfect parable of modern relationships.

Stand by for all their interviews and reviews, posted here as they come in.

Reviews

Tickets available from the Park Theatre box office, online or by phone: 02078706876

The Go-Between at the Apollo Theatre with Stagedoor!

Last week we teamed up with StagedoorApp to organise a Blogger’s trip to see ‘The Go-Between’ at the Apollo Theatre in London.

Michael Crawford plays Leo Colston, a man who can no longer hide from the memories of his past.

Memories of the gloriously hot summer of 1900 and of his days spent in Norfolk come flooding back. Spending the holidays with his school friend Marcus in their luxurious country home, the young Leo finds himself acting as the go-between for the beautiful upper-class Marian (Gemma Sutton) and tenant-farmer Ted (Stuart Ward) who are embroiled in a secret love affair against the wishes of the formidable Mrs Maudsley (Issy Van Randwyck). The innocent Leo gets caught up in the adult world of deceit and manipulation as he risks everything in this deeply moving coming of age story.

The events of that summer and the devastating effects of love denied will shaped his life forever.

We organised this trip in conjuction with STAGEDOOR who have developed a rather interesting smartphoneapp which is useful for every regular (and not so regular) theatre go-er:

– Discover everything about the theatre performances you want to see and save them in your calendar.
– Tailor-made, socially driven discovery process.
– Select from 12 theatre-specific categories to discover all London’s performances and receive personalised recommendations.
– Follow venues, directors, writers, and cast so that you always know what they are up to.

We thank StageDoorApp for the opportunity to join them on this trip. You can find all our reviews from the links above.

The Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre

Last week we sent another 5 Bloggers to the National Theatre, this time to see Terrence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea.

When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.

Five Bloggers five voices, were their thoughts about the production similar or do they have five different opinions? Read their reviews and see.

Lift Festival 2016

TheatreBloggers are thrilled to be supporting the Lift Festival this year! We have had the privilege to be invited to many of the productions on offer during this month long festival. At the launch party on Wednesday Artistic Director Mark Ball and patron Juliet Stephenson told us that this is by far the most exciting festival to date and it seems that they are not wrong.

One of our Bloggers, the Grumpy Gay Critic interviewed Mark Ball at the press launch, you can read his interview here!

Here is a roundup of the blogs about the Lift Festival so far!

STELLA LIFT 2016 Credit Fred Spalding, reproduced courtesy of Essex Record Office.jpgStella – Hoxton Hall

1st – 18th June 2016

A new theatre piece by Neil Bartlett. Alone in a silent room, a man waits for a knock on his door. As the minutes tick by, he remembers a life filled with daring and laughter, with parties and heartbreak – a life spent searching for the courage to truly be himself.
Inspired by the true story of the strange life and lonely death of Mr. Ernest Boulton – one half of the infamous Victorian cross-dressing duo Fanny and Stella – STELLA is an intimate meditation on the fine art of keeping one’s nerve as the lights go out. Performed amidst the newly restored splendours of one of London’s oldest surviving music-hall interiors, it is a theatrical love-letter to a truly remarkable person.

This is what our Bloggers thought:

 


MINEFIELD LIFT 2016 Credit Manuel Abramovich.jpgMinefield – Royal Court Theatre

2 June – 11 June, 7.30pm

With a history of creating work that combines real lives and stories with fiction and performance, Lola Arias brings together British and Argentinian veterans of the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas war on a stage 8,000 miles from their remembered battlefield.

The war of 1982, in which Argentina tried to regain control of the islands, had an enormous political impact: for Argentina it was a defeat that propelled the fall of the military regime; for England it was a triumph that saved the premiership of Margaret Thatcher. And for the islanders it was the way to obtain full British citizenship and a new constitution.

This is what Kariss thought:


Depart – Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

16 June – 26 June, 9.00pm

(Australia/UK)
A Circa production
On a wet muddy night, we sent three of our bloggers to witness the haunting sights and sounds of Depart performed in the unlikely venue of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

Led by Yaron Lifschitz with his internationally acclaimed company, Circa and with a creative team including the electronic musician Lapalux, this ethereal collaboration brings circus artists, choral singers, designers and musicians together for a summer night full of surprises.

But what did our bloggers think?


27 Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker LIFT 2016 Credit @Cyclone_AMiss Revolutionary Idol Beserker – Barbican Centre – The Pit

22 June – 2 July, 6.30pm + 9.30pm

 

Orchestrated by Tokyo-based artist and pop-idol Toco Nikaido, this is Japanese subculture conveyed in all its multi-coloured, cacophonous, frenetic glory.

Prepare to be equipped with a rain poncho and earplugs as twenty-five performers swarm the stage at breakneck speed, armed with an abundance of disposable props and subcultural references. In a frenzied homage to otagei, (ritualised dancing and chanting by groups of fans) this riotous company hurtle towards a festival-like finale that invites everyone to take part.


Stand by for more reviews from the Lift Festival :D

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The Threepenny Opera at the National Theatre

Last night a group of our #LdntheatreBloggers were invited to the NATIONAL THEATRE (yes THE National Theatre!) to see their new summer production of The Threepenny Opera which is being performing in the Olivier Theatre until October 1st! We were terribly excited.

What’s more we were told it contained filthy language and immoral behaviour – eeek!

There were, as you can imagine, mixed reactions from our bloggers, But generally it was a thumbs up from us, and one thing is fact #MackisBack in town!

Take a read and see what we thought!

Talk Stagey To Me
The Grumpy Gay Critic (including one of his #freshoffthestalls videos
Hello Emma Kay
Please Mind the Blog
Theatre South East

We give our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful National Theatre for giving us this amazing opportunity and we look forward to hopefully working with you again.

Link to The Threepenny Opera