In Tick, Tick…BOOM’s opening number, Jon laments, “They’re singing Happy Birthday, you just want to lay down and cry”. Now as a fan of birthday’s myself, this startles me a little to say the least. Why should a birthday motivate someone to lay down, and cry? No one has died? Rather, you’ve been fortunate to live out another year and deserve a pat on the … Continue reading Review: Tick, Tick…BOOM, Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
The Wild Party, playing at the Other Palace Theatre, is a frustrating piece for me to review. There were many great things that I liked about it. The opening was enticing and we meet these intriguing characters. I willed myself to be swept up in the drunken ride, but the components didn’t fit together quite right for me and I left feeling fairly underwhelmed. This … Continue reading Review: The Wild Party, The Other Palace Theatre
A question I am often asked is “what’s your favourite musical”. My instinctive answer has always been to say Ragtime. The first time I saw it, I was completely knocked out and developed an unhealthy obsession with the original Broadway cast recording. The emotive and creative score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and book by Terrence McNally completed penetrated my thoughts and my emotions; … Continue reading Review: Ragtime, Charing Cross Theatre
A few weeks ago I saw One Night In Miami. This play centres around leading African-American figures in the 1960s and sheds light on their experience of living in a society with high racial tensions. My immediate thoughts were that it serves as a welcome reminder as to how much the US has progressed since then. However given the results of the recent US Presidential … Continue reading Review: One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse
In the current political climate, the big topic of the day is the UK’s decision to exit the European Union, i.e. “Brexit”. This has got people across the nation talking about what lies ahead for the future of UK. But not long ago, the bigger political debate of the time concerned the UK Miners’ Strike; the standoff between the National Union of Mineworkers and the … Continue reading Review: Billy Elliot, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
Saturday 19th November 2016 marked the first night of previews for the first ever West End production of Dreamgirls. This musical follows the journey of an all female African-American singing group and their attempt to find fame in the US Music Industry during the 60s and 70s. Although I have mixed feelings about seeing preview performances, I found myself with two front row tickets for … Continue reading First Thoughts On: Dreamgirls, Savoy Theatre
Winter will be a true test of how committed I am to exercising. Although we’re still in Autumn, I’ve already thought once or twice about whether leaving the comfort of the warm indoors to brave the cold for a jog or even to go to the gym is a good idea. Now more than ever, remaining disciplined is going to be important. But I have … Continue reading Time to Brace Myself. Winter is Coming.