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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Teddy - The Vaults

After visiting the venue for the first time last year to see Hair, I jump at the chance to see anything at The Vaults. As with Hair, for Teddy the space is completely transformed, plunging you into the atmosphere of 1950s Teddy Boy subculture from the moment you enter the bar area. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Young Frankenstein - Garrick Theatre

Not being familiar with the 1974 film of the same name or even Mel Brooks’ award-winning musical The Producers (the latter of which I need to change, I know), Young Frankenstein wasn’t a show I rushed to see when it arrived in the West End last year, however it’s been lurking on my list for a while. 

Based on Mel Brooks’ comedy horror, Young Frankenstein follows the story of the infamous Frankenstein’s grandson, Frederick, the Dean of Anatomy at a school of medicine in America. As Frederick learns of his grandfather’s death, he journeys to Transylvania to deal with the castle that has been left to him, spoofing various classic horror films and traits along the way. 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Cathy - Soho Theatre

To mark the 50th anniversary of Ken Loach and Jeremy Sandford’s film, Cathy Come Home, Cardboard Citizens’ Cathy was commissioned in 2016. Two years, 8,400 viewers and a performance at the House of Lords later, this powerful piece on homelessness and the housing crisis is embarking on a revival tour, including a three-week run at Soho Theatre.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Ruthless! The Musical - Arts Theatre

Following an acclaimed Off-Broadway production, 1992 show Ruthless! The Musical is playing at the Arts Theatre until 23rd June. The musical presents a suburban American family: a housewife who is permitted no identity beyond this role and her 8-year-old daughter, Tina, who wants nothing more than to be a star. Under the guidance of her talent agent, Tina murders her classmate in order to gain the lead role in the school musical. What follows is a series of ridiculous twists and turns, culminating in a frenzy of hysteria.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

A Secret Sisterhood – Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney

Despite doing an English Literature degree, the lack of writing on female literary friendships is not something I had given much thought. Of course, the dominance of the male voice in the literary canon was blindingly obvious, but finding books and criticism on their female counterparts was never a struggle.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Hotel on Shadow Lake – Daniela Tully

The transition between two books is always a disconcerting experience, particularly if you pick up a new one the instant you’ve read the final line of the last. Not only are you torn from one fictional world to another, but into an often contrasting narrative voice and style. 


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The B*easts - Bush Theatre

Written and performed by BAFTA-winning Monica Dolan, The B*easts is a one-woman show exploring the sexualisation of the female body, particularly among young girls. The play, which won a Stage Edinburgh Award for its stint at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is running at Bush Theatre until 3rd March.

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