‘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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A Picture Tells A Thousand Lies

Written for the ‘Dangerous Women‘ project.

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A picture tells a thousand lies. Like this one above. It’s beautiful, a perfect illustration of my perfect life. Except it’s not. Obviously. I was on the verge of running away from everything on this day.

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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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