‘The Weir’ – Tobacco Factory

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Written for WestonSupermum

The Weir is a perfect night in a pub, if you like your nights in a pub to be dark, poetic and full of banter. The minute the audience enters the auditorium we are transported to an Irish pub. The attention to detail is impeccable, even the wallpaper behind the pictures on the wall tells a story of age. The set is expansive, as doors open I completely believe the actors are going into ‘the house’ or ‘out the front’. The bar appears fully functioning and plenty of pints are pulled over the course of the night. Then come the characters, perfectly cast by Kay Magson. As the accents unroll and spill across the stage we are witnessing an intimate peek into the private life of these people.

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Blue Heart – Tobacco Factory

Review written for WestonSuperMum

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The diversity of the Tobacco Factory staging is always a joy. Blue Heart is staged in the round as it should be, creating an intimate yet voyeuristic quality that lends itself to the play perfectly. The minimal set is cast with a cold blue light conjuring a sharp focus with a luminescent kitchen table, hinting at a healthy dose of the surreal.

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The Darkling Society – Kilter Theatre

Review written for Theatre Bath.

Situated in Prior Park, getting to ‘The Darkling Society’ was quite an adventure in itself. That’s the point. Kilter Theatre Company are a bunch of passionate people it shows in the attention to detail. The setting that they have picked to perform in has obviously been agonised over and it couldn’t have been more perfect. We arrived into the picnic area to sounds of champagne popping, the glug of wine pouring and picnics being shared before the performance.

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King Lear – Bristol Old Vic

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Image by Simon Annand, with thanks

Review  written for http://www.westonsupermum.com/

‘The weight of this sad time we must obey;

Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.

The oldest hath borne most: we that are young,

Shall never see so much, nor live so long.’

 

King Lear – Shakespeare

 

The last line of King Lear is more poignant now than ever in these politically turbulent times. I have nothing but high praise for this production and urge lovers and haters of Shakespeare to come and indulge or be won over.

From the moment of arriving into the new backstage bar area until the end of the production, I had a strong feeling that Bristol Old Vic had ‘stepped up’ and raised the standard both in how they welcome the audience into the building an in the passion and devotion they give to the performances.

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Nincompoop

 

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Imagine a young Dame Edna Everage paint her orange, now put a blonde Side-Show Bob (from the Simpsons) wig on her. Breathe. It’s ok. Next give her the brightest pink tights you could imagine and the wickedest gleam in her eye. Right. You now have Deirdre. Deirdre comperes Nincompoop, a comedy open mic night hosted by the ‘Wardrobe Theatre’.

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She describes the night as a place to come and poop on stage. If performers want to come and try out their new and sometimes poopy ideas in front of an audience this is the night for them. Nincompoop attracts brave new performers who want to strut their stuff, alongside seasoned performers who want to flex their muscles. Whoever brings you the four acts of the night you are guaranteed unexpected hilarity and passion. Acts have included naked angels chased by suicide bombers, silent clowns tempting women with chocolate, men dressed as zebras, female comedians, chaotic poetry and a huge cacophony of glittery chaos.

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