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THEATRE REVIEW: To Kill A Mockingbird ★★★★★

To Kill A Mockingbird The Everyman Theatre 27th April 2015 Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird has a place in my history after studying the book back in 2012 for my GCSE English, and I can remember from my classes how in each of them, many of my peers would volunteer to read certain characters, or pages from the book, aloud to the rest of the class, and I believe that this was because the teacher would want us to listen to the words spoken out loud from the pages of the book, so it was with great pleasure that this very production did exactly that; opening with the ensemble cast walking from the back, through the auditorium, with a different covered version of the book, onto the stage, and slowly one by one, reading aloud the first few pages of the book. Straight from the start, as soon as you walk into these auditorium, you know you are in for a real treat, as you witness this almost empty stage, with only a single tree with a circular tyre swing attached. There is also pa

THEATRE REVIEW: Rebecca ★★★★

Rebecca The Everyman Theatre 24th April 2015 Back in November 2011, I watched a production called 'The Wild Bride'; It was engaging and mesmerizing,and brought to the stage by Kneehigh, probably one of the most compelling theatre companies that I have witnessed, and now I had the chance to witness another of their adaptations, Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, which in short, was just the most enchanting pieces of theatre I have seen in recent times. The setting was beautifully placed upon the stage, with multipurpose uses, like the interior of Manderley House, the beach, and the chilling cottage. This really helped the action on stage to run smoothly, with even some of the set pieces being used to describe the different locations and times. The acting was compelling and phenomenal. You could really believe every moment of the characters actions through the actor's movements, and the comedic timings to the production were genius, really giving us some light reli

MUSICAL REVIEW: The Producers ★★★★

The Producers New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham 22nd April 2015 Mel Brook's Musical 'The Producers' took Birmingham by storm in their week run at The New Alexandra Theatre, as they stop off on their tour of this hilarious musical about Love, Nazi's, but most importantly, the relationship between the producers themselves, Max and Leo. The start of the show, 'Opening Night', really sets the atmosphere of the whole production, and introduces the characters perfectly. We see Max, a well known Broadway producer, see his new musical, Hamlet, flop, and causes him to lose his reputation. Then comes along Jason Manford as Leo, a man who quits his 9-5 job in the inspiration to become a producer himself, which leads him to team up with Max to produce a new musical, Springtime for Hitler. Cory and Manford's chemistry on stage is fresh and edgy, they bounce off each perfectly and really seem to relish more when they have the audience on their side,a truly perfect pa

THEATRE REVIEW: Feed The Beast ★★★

Feed The Beast Birmingham REP Theatre Monday 20th April 2015 Feed The Beast, commissioned by Birmingham REP Theatre, and written by Sherlock and Doctor Who writer Steven Thompson, is a political satire play that focuses on the prime minister’s role in power and how it affects those close surrounding, for example their family and close friends. We are straight from the beginning introduced to Michael, who has just come into power, and his wife and daughter, Andrea and Ellie. It’s really nice to see this dynamic, but by the end you really wish that there were more scenes to this family, even though with the bigger picture they play a key part, because It is nice to see this different, humble side to Michael, who tries to be this dad that loves his family, whilst also trying to run the country on the other hand. We are also introduced to Sally, the Press Secretary, played by Kacey Ainsworth. The chemistry that she has with Gerald as Michael is stable and naturalistic, whi

NT Live: The Hard Problem Review ★★★★

NT Live: The Hard Problem Odeon Cinema Wednesday 16th April 2015 Tom Stoppard's latest play, The Hard Problem, is now the sixth play which he has wrote for The National Theatre, as he has produced one play for every decade that The National Theatre has been alive in London, and is possibly one of the most thought provoking plays I may have witnessed in Theatre. This is the first time I have seen a play written by Tom Stoppard, though I have been familiar with himself and his works, but the way he wrote the characters, from the major to the minor, and manages to conduct a story within 100 minutes, that's capable of having so many subplots, is truly mesmerizing and had the ability to keep the audience in such a suspense that I have never witness before. You may arrive also with caution and doubt if you plan to watch the play, as it tackles brain science, and physiological themes, but the way Stoppard threads these devices into the characters lives and backgrounds

THEATRE REVIEW: The Mist In The Mirror ★★★

The Mist in the Mirror The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Tuesday 15th April 2015 The Mist in the Mirror, wrote by the same author who brought us the chilling The Woman In Black, Susan Hill, is currently touring with this spine tingling production which visually is clever and stunning, with perfect projection timing that makes you really believe in the story that extra bit more. The scenes that stick out with this is the first meeting of James and Viola on the train, as the projection of the other carriages, as well as the train station and snow, really brings all that imagination within your head actually become a reality on stage, which is very rare to see with so many productions that go with the naturalistic theme. Another scene, which I would also say was my highlight of the production, was that of when James ventured out of his room to look around the dark house and comes across some gravestones, mainly because of the perfect timing between the actor himself and the