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THEATRE AT HOME REVIEW: A Doll's House ★★★★

A Doll’s House
Lyric Hammersmith, London
Friday 6th September - Saturday 5th October 2019Streamed online for one day online, The Lyric Hammersmith’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 three-act play ‘A Doll’s House’, here adapted by Tanika Gupta, rises on the tackling themes of deceit, family betrayal and appearance in relationships, in a production which follows Niru’s (Anjana Vasan) side of the tale in this brave and stark feminist retelling, pieced together with a stunning concept and creative team along the way.With Niru hiding a secret from her family, and most importantly her husband Tom (Elliot Cowan), Vasan is rather remarkable in the lead role, and with the marketing trail for this show having Niru’s face plastered everywhere, Vasan commands the stage with such complexity, even with such a petite stature, that we cannot help to be drawn into her pain of betraying the ones who surround her close, and keep her cocooned in the life they wish for her to lead. Rachel O’Riordan push…

THEATRE AT HOME REVIEW: Electrolyte ★★★★

Electrolyte
Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival
Monday 18th - Sunday 24th May 2020Originally staged at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018, Wildcard Theatre Company’s production of Electrolyte tells the story of Jessie (Olivia Sweeney), a girl who dreams of a bigger life with brand new friends. One night she meets up-and-coming singer songwriter Allie (Maimuna Memon), who simply takes her breath away, and it’s here where we follow Jessie’s journey for a new life in London, chasing down Allie’s new warehouse converted flat apartment, and dealing with her inner voices and anxieties along the way.As a piece of gig theatre, Memon not only provides the characterisation of Allie, put also provides the soulful and angelic acoustics to the music & lyrics, which sweep us off our feet and enter a world of flashing lights and feeling the intimacy and close friendship that is so radiant from the company on stage, who all play roles within Jessie’s story. Doubling as the Writer of Electroly…

THEATRE AT HOME REVIEW: The Encounter ★★★

The Encounter
Complicité Theatre Company
Friday 15th - Friday 22nd May 2020Back in 2016, having been inspired by Petru Popescu’s book Amazing Beaming, Complicité performer and director Simon McBurney brought to the stage a unique, binaural experience entitled The Encounter, a production in which the audience were advised to wear headphones to produce the full effect of audibly having McBurney talk between the left and right hand side of your brain, though a binaural headpiece which was situated in the middle of a somewhat empty stage, with just a few materials scattered round such as plastic bottles, and huge pile of mylar, usually found in VHS tapes, dominating the playing space.Throughout The Encounter, which centres around the time of 1969, when National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre found himself lost in Brazil, amongst the remote village of the Javari Valley, McBurney sets out on a journey that leaves us with our eyes closed as we venture into the forest and become encou…

THEATRE AT HOME REVIEW: Midnight Your Time ★★★

Midnight Your Time
A Donmar Warehouse Digital Production
Wednesday 13th - Tuesday 19th May 2020Whilst I have never owned an apple product in my lifetime, I became immediately sucked into Judy’s (Diana Quick) technological world of a desktop full of folders depicting different titles and initially building a background of a character we are letting into our lives for just over 30 minutes, as the running time details; from Family Photos to Old Projects, Labour Docs to Car Insurance, straight away we build this world, and as Judy is trying to get hold of her daughter Helen, who we do not hear and see throughout the whole film, we are treated to this completely realistic vision that has transported us from the first minute.Taking place just after the turn of 2010, we are drip fed little bits of information from the numerous messages Judy is sending to her daughter, with no response back; whilst we aren’t ever sure just how far each message is from the other in terms of days, weeks, or mon…

THEATRE AT HOME REVIEW: Wasted ★★★

Wasted
The Southwark Playhouse
Thursday 6th September - Saturday 6th October 2018There's a certain sense of irony in Carl Miller and Joe Bunker's 2018 musical retelling the lives of the Brontë sisters; whilst the title of the piece very much conveys the pure talents from the sisters that were wasted due to their untimely deaths before they reached forty, it could also be a used as a statement for us as the audience, feeling like our time has indeed also been wasted listening to a musical that very much repeats itself within its patterned musical numbers and a numbing running time over 140 minutes, which could easily have been cut to a one act production.Whilst the history of the sisters and how they came to be known as some of literatures greatest writers is very much an empowering tale and one that shouldn't be undermined, turning this story into a rock ballad that bleeds through the eardrums from shouting instead of actually harmonising becomes tedious very quickly throu…

THEATRE AT HOME REVIEW: Sea Wall ★★★★★

Sea Wall
Specially Filmed Production, 2012It’s been three weeks since Alex (Andrew Scott) has returned from his holiday in the South of France with his Wife, Daughter, and Father-On-Law, and is back in his studio working as a photographer, whilst talking to us, the audience, through a camera set up in what looks like the corner of the room; of course, we are completely unaware who we actually represent in conjunction to the piece, but none of that really matters when Simon Stephens’ 30 minute script, written with Andrew Scott in mind, leaves you choked up in performance from the rather remarkable leading man, who would soon go on to become a BAFTA winner, and reprise this exact role six years later in 2018 at The Old Vic in London for a limited two week stint. Streaming online for one week only, going into this performance with as little pre-existing research is the only true advice I can give if you want the full impact of the tale; hardly ever leaving the frame, Scott catapultes you…

THEATRE AT HOME REVIEW: Suzy Storck ★★★

Suzy Storck
The Gate Theatre, London
Thursday 26th October - Saturday 18th November 2017Streaming until Tuesday 30th June, Caoilfhionn Dunne takes on the titular role of Suzy Storck, and once again, after watching The Hampstead’s archived production of Wild not too long ago, continues here to amaze with such a plethora of emotion that feels like a rapid switchboard that Dunne never lets up. Furthermore, Dunne’s abilities completely drive Chris Campell’s translated piece from Magali Mougel’s story of a woman feeling trapped in her marriage and the demons that live inside of her, to such subtlety.With themes of parenting neglect and alcoholism at play, Jean-Perre Baro’s direction is mostly conveyed through a naturalistic form, with Cécile Trémolières’ chaotic and crowded design of children’s toys flooded everything onto the settings floor soon indicating an intriguing scene change which got the whole audience up on their feet in the process to help clear the space, which is the second t…