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THEATRE REVIEW: Brainiac Live ★★★

Brainiac Live
Garrick Theatre, London
31st July - 1st September 2019Explosions, flashing lights, and loud bangs is a recipe for success of any human being of any age; the ability to see it in a live setting is even more compelling, which makes Brainiac Live a perfect addition to any science fan's dream, but though the experiments ending in smokes and prizes grip the screaming, excited audience of young kids, the lack of chemistry and energy from our scientists on stage, fuelled by fake corpsing, starts to deteriorate into tedious fun, and mostly relies on visual effects to keep the children's focus engaged.At a running time of one hour, we are treated to exploding barrels, microwaves, and canons shooting out t-shirts and socks. There's a distinct lack of audience participation, except for the final experiment which brought a father and son on stage, and furthermore the graphics in which try to hide experiment scene changes loses the attention span of the audience promised a …

MUSICAL REVIEW: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole ★★★★

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
Ambassadors Theatre, London
15th June - 28th September 2019Based off the first novel from the book series penned by Sue Townsend, Adrian Mole is 13 3/4 when we meet him and continue to follow his life throughout 1996, where the main event on everyone's lips was the royal wedding of Charles and Diana, something that is referenced heavily throught this Luke Sheppard directed piece of joyous musical theatre. Though it may seem from the promotional material at first glance that this could be a children's show, those who have read the books will know entirely different, and judging by the audience members arriving with no little ones by their side, they equally had as much fun as to those who were of Adrian's age. Tackling the first feelings of Love and hormones, Sheppard's direction is vibrant and vivid, with a real buzz of excitement on stage, and to mix the main core of the younger cast to adult performers to portray the school c…

MUSICAL REVIEW: Améile ★★★★

Amélie
Kings Theatre, Glasgow
Monday 19th - 24th August 2019It's the interval of Amélie at Kings Theatre in Glasgow, and a fellow audience member audibly shares that she had initial concerns over the musical due to the 2001 film of the same name being one of her favourites, and following the previous Broadway version starring Phillipa Soo, which bombed and closed with three months, this lady had a tight to be concerned, though from the reaction around the bar, and myself included, this first act of this spectacular musical is just that, spectacular and magical.The UK version of this musical have taken the bold choice in providing the actor musicians on stage with incredibly realistic and authentic french accents to suit the characters, something which was unheard of on Broadway judging by the cast album. Audrey Brisson, who portrays the titular protagonist in our story, enhances so many emotions at once that she's compelling and as always a pleasure to watch on stage, where you …

THEATRE REVIEW: Tree ★★★★★

Tree
Young Vic, London
Tuesday 29th July - Saturday 24th August 2019
When Idris Elba, co-creator of Tree alongside Kwame Wei-Armah, lost his father in 2013, he travelled to South Africa with the idea to create an album in tribute to his father, entitled ‘mi Mandela’. Elba’s painful and personal journey for himself directly mirrors how Kaelo, portrayed with such angst and emotion from Alfred Enoch, feels at the start of Tree, having lost his mother just recent and so decides to travel from London to South Africa to try and uncover his families past and reconnect with his grandmother, with a captivating performance by Sinéad Cusack.

The use of music completely surrounds and embodies this production at the heart; instantly before you step into the large space which has been transformed into what can only be described as a mix of a rave and nightclub, we as the audience are allowing the music to blare and seep into our bones, with the audience invited on stage to dance away, something whic…

THEATRE REVIEW: Malory Towers ★★★★

Malory Towers
The Passenger Shed, Bristol
Friday 19th July - Sunday 18th August 2019After the critical success from Wise Children, Emma Rice's first production under her new company of the same name, she has turned to Enid Blyton's Malory Towers series as a tribute to the books, which were released between 1946 - 1951, for her latest inspiration. For many of the audience at this particular performance, the majority of whom would be at the final if not early stages of secondary school, Rice's adaption gives hope and friendship to those, dazzling spectacularly with this stunning production which mixes technical aspects such as video projection to enhance the imagination.This production of Malory Towers epitomises Theatre in the way that we see the craft as escapism from our real lives; though very much an ensemble piece, Rose Shallop takes the role and the main centre of our attention as Wendy Lou, a student from the present transported to the past, where her shy exterior is…