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The Importance of Being Earnest at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

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The Importance of Being Earnest
Shakespeare’s plays are very flexible. They can be set in pretty much any time and location and they will still on the whole work. Other writers are not so lucky and are really fixed in time and space. Agatha Christie and Oscar Wilde are two authors that come to mind in this instance. And this theory of mine was borne out with a visit to the Brockley Jack Studio to see The Importance of Being Earnest. It’s nearly time for tea and butler Lane (Daniel Desiano-Plummer) is setting out the cucumber sandwiches and bread & butter. His master Algernon Moncrieff (Daniel Hall) is expecting guests for tea and wants everything to be perfect. Unfortunately, before they arrive, Algernon gets a visit from his good friend Earnest Worthing (Riley Jones). Normally a welcome distraction in Algernon’s life, Earnest could not have arrived at a worse time a…

4 Star Review of XPOSED – LGBTQ+ New Writing Night Hen & Chickens Theatre

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Fluid (Jack O’Neill) There are times when I really wish I could write. Not these reviews but something worthwhile. They say everybody has a book inside of them but I’ve yet to find mine. As for writing a play, fat chance. Maybe that is why I enjoy nights such as Xposed which was a new writing night of eight short plays at the Hen & Chickens Theatre. The evening started with a play called Fluid, written by Nick Maynard, Directed by Shafeeq Shajahan and performed by Jack O’Neill. This was a monologue with Jack’s character being a rough, ‘chavy’ boy from Bolton on a stage supposedly performing a rap for the eager audience – which included his mum, brother, girlfriend and friends. Only our lad has other ideas and is going to use this opportunity to tell everyone something that he has been hiding. Immediately the play started, my thoughts turned to “oh great, another coming out play”, …

Review of Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked

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Some things really should not be written about. If a writer has the temerity to write about the subject, then that writing definitely should not be turned into a play. And, if it is turned into a play, it should never be performed with the original title. And if all the above have been ignored, then we are left with Rob Hayes one-act play Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F****d at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre. Told as series of individual monologues, Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F****d is the story of Bobby (Linus Karp), a young man with serious social issues. Bobby lives alone in a bedsit with very few possessions and the first time we meet him, he has spent a night of ‘passion’ with a dog he met wandering the streets the previous evening. Whilst the conversation is one-sided, it flows rather well. Bobby is obviously an intelligent and articulate young man who is tacklin…

Review of Hiding Heidi (A Tale of Love and Hate in Stoke on Trent)

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Hiding Heidi (A Tale of Love and Hate in Stoke on Trent)
On the 23rd June 2016, the UK went to the polls to decide whether the country should stay in or leave the European Union. The vote went 52% to vote leave. The political fallout of the referendum is still being felt as the negotiations start on the Brexit process and will no doubt continue to rumble on over the next few years. In his one-act play Hiding Heidi (A Tale of Love and Hate in Stoke on Trent), Ian Dixon Potter has tried to envisage what life will be like once Brexit has happened and the UK is once again outside of the European Union. Ralph (Richard de Lisle) is trying to find a new carer for his mother Dorothy (Maxine Howard). Unfortunately, with the expulsion of all the foreigners, this is not an easy task. However, he thinks he has found the perfect candidate in Heidi (Siobhan Ward). She has loads of experience, is…

Review of Intermission Youth Theatre’s Double Trouble

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Intermission Youth Theatre’s Double Trouble
Language is continually evolving. From the primordial grunts of cavemen, through to the highly technical words of Professor Brian Cox, we have moved on considerably in our communication over the years. However, the one thing we do know is that it is impossible to mix the English in common usage from different eras. So, for example, a play that has some of the main characters speaking English from the 16th Century whilst others just wouldn’t work would it? Well go and see Intermission Youth Theatre’s production of Double Trouble at St Saviours, Knightsbridge, and then tell me what you think. At a UK entry point, two police officers (Madeleine Manace Bakofu and Micah Loboun) are ‘welcoming’ a new bunch of migrants to the country. Unfortunately, the border has now been closed and so, this ragtag group are going to be deported back to their country of or…

Review of The Dirty Thirty at the Rosemary Branch Theatre

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There have been some bonkers idea in the world of theatre. You know, things like putting a roller skate race round the auditorium, or basing a story on a boy that can dance while the miner’s strike goes on. But one of the strangest ideas I’ve seen in a theatre is putting on thirty plays in one hour but that is exactly what Degenerate Fox attempted to do at the Rosemary Branch Theatre with their show The Dirty 30. Degenerate Fox are seven very talented performers – Desiree Burch, Daniel Collard, Laura Killeen, Gabrielle MacPherson, Sergio Maggiolo, Graham Self and Jay Wakely – have written and produced thirty mini plays, each lasting roughly two minutes. The plays are numbered and when the audience arrives they are given a list and as each play finishes, the audience shouts out the number of the next one they want performing. So, thirty plays, in a random order over the space of an hour. Soun…

Review of A Murder is Announced at the Churchill Theatre Bromley

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Louise Jameson as Miss Marple Apart from my mother, the only other woman with whom I’ve had a lifelong relationship is Dame Agatha Christie. Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Tommy & Tuppence, I’ve read them all. I’ve seen the movies and TV shows and been to see The Mousetrap twice, so I was very excited to head to the Churchill Theatre Bromley when the touring version of A Murder is Announced dropped in. Friday morning at Little Paddocks, Chipping Gleghorn meant one thing to Dora Bunner (Sarah Thomas) and that was the arrival of the local paper which she would pour over learning everything that was important in the village. This particular Friday was no different except that in the small ads there was a very strange announcement “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m. Friends accept this, the only intimation.” Letitia Blackl…