Sunday, 10 March 2019

Waitress - Adelphi Theatre


Of all the theatre I have seen over the last few years, Waitress has had possibly the most consistent and heartiest presence in my life. It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why. It’s not the most innovatively crafted or poignant show that I’ve seen. And it doesn’t do much to challenge or subvert what has come before it. But there’s something about the combination of all its elements – or ingredients, shall we say – that blend together into an irresistibly sweet recipe. (Sorry, but apparently baking wordplay is compulsory when writing about Waitress).
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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Come From Away - Phoenix Theatre


Beyond the strength of the production, I was struck by two questions when thinking about how to present my thoughts on Come From Away:
  1. Is art/entertainment based on 9/11 and such events exploitative and distasteful or educational and poignant? 
  2. Does ‘hype’ hinder the extent to which you can enjoy something?
And I’ve spent the last few days flitting between the two possible angles for this post, without coming to any conclusion on which approach to take. 
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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

i stopped...when - VAULT Festival


Though I’m yet to share my 2018 round-up (I will finish it before 2020…), one theatre memory that immediately comes to mind and undoubtedly makes the list is my trip to VAULT Festival. Not only was it my first experience of this eclectic arts festival, but I saw Nicole Acquah’s brilliant play, For A Black Girl – a theatre highlight of the year. As I vowed to return to VAULT Festival come 2019, it seemed only fitting that I revisit to see Acquah’s latest venture, i stopped…when.

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