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COMEDY REVIEW: James Acaster ★★★★

James Acaster: Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999
UK Tour
May - December 2019
It's a fact, the more alcohol you drink the funnier the show, but with James Acaster and his latest stand up tour, you do not need to rely on the liquid form to have a good night out, as anyone who has seen Acaster in the TV medium, or as the genie waiter on the 'Off Menu' podcast with comedian partner Ed Gamble,  you'd have nothing to worry about when presented in the flesh on stage; though he initially comes out as a brash, foul-mouthed and some what 'developed' comedian, which is a little taken aback judging by the audiences reaction, he's soon back to the clumsy, calculated self with a routine surrounding his worst year of his life, though his 4 deal Netflix specials may sound like quite the contrary to the title, to which in no way during the show does he refer to the cold lasagne he once had in 1999.
Acaster owns the stage with complete awe and knows how to connect to his audience, i…

THEATRE REVIEW: The Scarlet Pimpernel ★★★

The Scarlet Pimpernel
Jenny Wren Productions
Summer UK Tour 2019
If you are unfamiliar with the story of The Scarlet Pimpernel, rest assured you are properly not the only one. Originally written as a play in 1903 before published as a book in 1905 by Baroness Orczy,  and later adapted for film, most notably the 1934 and '82 versions, Jenny Wren's latest venture into outdoor theatre, which has seen her running the fort for 16 years, is a striking and peculiar one with a long-winded tale of the mysterious crusade.
Touring throughout the Summer, Jenny has adapted and entrusted the story upon five local actors in the area to bring the story to life, for which the most part is entirely true; Gregory Aston, Kieran Capaldi, and Megan Lewis are enchanting and artfully skilled in their plethora of characters in which they embody with such ease, keeping the audience entertained through a range of accents and masterful disguises, with the help from Charmaine Gifford-James' colourful cos…

MUSICAL REVIEW: Friendsical ★★★★

Friendsical
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Wednesday 10th - 13th July 2019
Based upon the popular television series 'Friends', Friendsical The Parody Musical features an eight person cast who certainly do justice to the well known comical moments that we all remember and continue to love thanks to the ever growing streaming services around. Adapted in order to fit within a two hour show, Miranda Larson has cleverly written and directed a production which condenses the entire 10 seasons, as well as not being afraid to adding their own twist on these popular characters, right down the ever so iconic theme tune.For fans of the rest, rest assure that each character is very closely tied to the original, using the same mannerisms and expressions, especially Ally Retburg, who perfects Phoebe’s hand flaps and Janice’s cackle, leaving the audience in hysterics. This slick show demonstrated the powerful relationships between the cast, with confident but accurate representations of the orig…

THEATRE REVIEW: The 39 Steps ★★★★★

The 39 steps
The Barn Theatre, Cirencester
10th July-10th August 2019

After watching the show upon its stop at the Everyman theatre whilst on its UK tour in 2014, I knew this would be an incredibly entertaining evening and this particular production did not disappoint. The 39 Steps is a take on the Hitchcock classic, in an inventive comedic-thriller parody of the 1915 novel by John Butchan. The show follows the adventures of Richard Hannay as he encounters murders, double-crossing secret agents, and devastatingly beautiful women.

The incredible direction from Joseph O’Malley, kept the audience engaged and entertained throughout the duration of the show and there was never a weak moment on stage. Similarly to Henry V, the centre isle was used very effectively and gave an intimate feel to the performance and made you feel like a part of the audience during the London palladium scenes. The staging and set design was also very clever in these scenes and I loved the use of the makeshift th…