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THEATRE REVIEW: Wild ★★★

Wild
The Hampstead Theatre, London
Saturday 11th June - Saturday 24th July 2016Streaming Now on The Hampstead Theatre’s Website and Youtube Page until 10pm on Sunday 5th April 2020, Mike Bartlett’s 2016 play feels heavily inspired by the Edward Snowden Movement from back in 2013, where he leaked highly classified information from the NSA. In Wild, We find Andrew (Jack Farthing) isolated away in a hotel room in Moscow, having that very same week changed the whole existence of his country through the simple touch of a button. Confined with only a cast of three in one setting, Wild takes you on a journey of mystery and intrigue, and most hits with it’s concept, if not aside from an overly-drawn out script and an unemotive presence from one of it’s characters.The thrill of the theatre is when you are thrown straight into action with no real explanation. Bartlett’s script isn’t here to feed you constantly with the answers that you are looking for, more to the fact that it shoves questions …

THEATRE REVIEW: Cyprus Avenue ★★★★

Cyprus Avenue
Royal Court Theatre, London
Thursday 14th February - Saturday 24th March 2019Streaming now on The Royal Court’s Website, Facebook, and Youtube Channel, David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue drew critical acclaim last year, and further transferred to The Public Theater in New York, as well as Dublin’s Abbey Theatre at The MAC Belfast. Released now as a film, which originally premiered on BBC Four last September, the story centres around Eric Miller (Stephen Rea), a father who is adamant that his newly born granddaughter shares the splitting image of Irish Republication Politician Gerry Adams. Blending live performance with pre-recorded material filmed around Belfast, we first meet Eric having a conversation with his female Psychologist Doctor, Bridget (Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo), though he is questionable surrounding who she really might be from the colour of her skin, something he has hardly seen in his lifetime, but is certain in expressing that he is not a racist. In the role of Bridge…

THEATRE REVIEW: The Habit of Art ★★★

The Habit of Art
Original Theatre Company
Digital Streaming until Tues 2nd JuneIn times of uncertainty within the theatre industry, many performers and theatres have agreed to stream concerts and previous productions in the hope to ease the stress and worrying state in which the world finds itself in. Original Theatre Company have now joined in to assist with the movement of streaming online with their two current productions of The Croft (which we have a ★★★★ here) and The Habit of Art, an Alan Bennett classic that was staged by the company in 2018 and has now been revived with Matthew Kelly and David Yelland reprising their roles as Fitz and Henry.Alongside Fitz and Henry on stage are Donald (John Wark) and Tim (Benjamin Chandler), with the four males making up a company of thespians trying to put on a production of Caliban's Day by a Playwright named Neil (Robert Mountford), who has popped along on this specific occasion to a run-through rehearsal of his work. In the absence of…

THEATRE REVIEW: Ben Hur ★★★★

Ben Hur
The Barn Theatre, Cirencester
Wednesday 4th March - Saturday 18th April 2020Running in at a whooping 224 minutes (3h 44m), Karl Tunberg and William Wyler’s 1959 Historic Epic is something of a cult classic, and those who will attend Patrick Barlow’s ruthless adaption at The Barn Theatre will come away somewhat satisfied, as this Monty Python-styled production is full of pompous characters, quick witted gags, and moments of audience participation which makes you feel like you are a part of the action on stage, or in the seas as the case may be….Returning to The Barn after his successful stint with The 39 Steps (You can read our ★★★★★ review here), it’s clear that Joseph O’Malley was the perfect choice to take on this rather silly but epic narrative, which shares many similarities to his previous outing, with a small cast of four, as well as them being able to play thousands, quite literally, of characters. You may though be mistaken at times though that there are six actors on …

VAULT FESTIVAL REVIEW: (Wo)men Rule Broadway ★★★

(Wo)men Rule Broadway: West End Edition
The Cresent, Vault Festival
Friday 6th & 20th March 2020So often in musicals, the male parts are perceived as the hero or villian, whilst the females sing about their love for men. Directed and Produced by Kelly Coughlin, this cabaret style production brings forward nine ensemble performers who each turn that ethos on its head, by singing the songs originally written by men. Whilst the vocals are heavenly at times, the whole of the production otherwise is rather lost, with nothing more than simply women singing the men's songs with no real explanation why those particular songs were chosen rather than the fact that they sound nice.With the iconic Hamilton logo depicted in their advertising, the show would seem to set itself up as a celebration of females and a night of laughter and a lively atmosphere, but that couldn't be far from the truth, as instead we have two hosts (Kelly Rogers and Genevieve Flati) who share no charisma betwee…

CIRCUS REVIEW: Luzia ★★★★★

Cirque Du Soleil: Luzia
The Royal Albert Hall, London
Sunday 12th January - Sunday 1st March 2020Founded in 1984 by performers Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, Cirque Du Soleil have wows millions of visitors with their hair-raising and death defying stunts throughout the last 35 years, and Luzia has been my own personal introduction to their work, a production that first toured in 2016, and is just 1 of the 51 spectacles that the company has brought to fruition; Right from the moment the interval came during this performance was I certain that this wouldn't be the last time I would see a Soleil extravagance.With each creation based as circus styles around the world, Luzia focuses primarily on the Mexican troupe, with a multicultural creative and cast that together bring sheet tenacity and focus to be able to produce a tight and visual masterpiece, but which also has a central storyline interwoven throughout. Here, Luzia presents the idea of Luz and Lluvia (Light and Rain in Spa…

VAULT FESTIVAL REVIEW: Wigs Snatched, Perceptions Destroyed ★★★

Wigs Snatched, Perceptions Destroyed
The Crypt, Vault Festival
Tuesday 25th February - Sunday 1st March 2020At the time of posting, Erinn Dhesi boasts over 5.4k followers on her Instagram page 10mmballpointpen, a channel that allows us to post unique illustrated thoughts and opinions, as well as emotions through memes, and is clearly quite successful in making a living from her followers. An alumni of The Soho Writers Lab, Erinn is embarking on a brand new show which'll delves into preconceptions of British Asians, the life of a bisexual role model, and the world of celesbians (Celebrity Lesbians).Erinn struts onto the stage in a suit jumper, and sunglasses, and instantly we feel this wall that she has put up towards her public; this show is a premiere at the vault festival, and as a result suffers from first night nerves, with stumbling of words, missed slides from her multi-technical PowerPoint companion, and awkward glances up to the tech box when tracks do not seem to come in …