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THEATRE REVIEW: May Contain Food ★★★★

May Contain Food Wednesday 9th March 2016 Warwick Arts Centre

Imagine yourself walking into the auditorium of a theatre, where there are cabaret styled tables laid out around the space with all different types of food, artificial that is, placed upon these tables, and when entering you are escorted to your table, made up of around 8 seats, and given your own personal menu given by your personal waiter.

This is what Protein have done to their current touring production May Contain Food, almost more like an experience than a piece of theatre. Whilst waiting for the show to start, the waiters are constantly competing with each other whilst others are having heated conversations, and what's so unique about your experience is to choose which conversations you want to over hear and pay attention to.

Donna was our personal waitress on our table, and she came across as a very high headed woman, always believing that she was right. I loved everything about not just Donna, but all the other wait…

THEATRE REVIEW: The Notebook ★★★★

The Notebook Tuesday 8th March 2016 Warwick Arts Centre
Based on Ágota Kristóf’s novel set during WWII, Forced Entertainment's latest production is that of The Notebook, which follows two boys and their adventures at their grandmother's house, to which they have been evacuated to as a way to escape the conflict, and features the themes of love, power, violence and sexual references.
Now forced entertainment have been a company to which I have wanted to look into for a while now, as they have been described as a company you would either love or hate, because the pieces they produce as so outlandish, from performances that could feature all 6 company members, who originate in Sheffield, and put on big productions, or have a two-hander production, to which The Notebook exactly had just this.
Richard Lowdon and Robin Arthur were the performers for this production, and as they both took to the stage, which had 20 wooden floorboards pieced together on the ground and two chairs, one eithe…

MUSICAL REVIEW: Bend It Like Beckham ★★★

Bend It Like Beckham Thursday 3rd March 2015 Phoenix Theatre, London
In 2002, a film about a 18 year old indian girl called Jesminder ‘Jess’ Bhamra, who aspired to David Beckham and so wanted to be a footballer, was released and received rave reviews from all critics, and took $32 million in box office revenues. One year later, 2003, the film’s writer and director Gurinder Chadha planned to turn it into a stage musical, but it was only in 2011 when the script was complete and a composer was being looking for that the development soon took off. In May 2015, the show opened to its West End and World Premiere at The Phoenix Theatre in London, and on March 3rd 2016, 2 days before the show closed at the West End, I was lucky enough to get a ticket and watch a musical which I can say I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.
Starring Natalie Drew in the title role of Jess, it follows the aspiring footballer who meets Jules (Lauren Samuels), a girl from the woman football team, who invites Jess…

THEATRE REVIEW: The Railway Children ★★★

The Railway Children Kings Cross Station, London 31st January 2016
I'm always finding myself fascinated when I watch a performance how much it can surprise me in many factors, from the technical sides like Wonder.Land, to set designs like Matilda, but here it was the staging as I went to King's Cross Station to watch The Railway Children.
So this wasn't too much of a surprise as I'm letting on as I actually knew all about the show being performed on the tracks at Kings Cross, but I was more surprised in the fact of how wonderfully creative the team behind it were to show all the action. There were moving slabs that constantly were on the go to set up scenes and allow the whole audience to watch the action, and this would not have been as slick as it was if it wasn't for the hard work from all the stagehands who were there to physically move them about.
I have to admit that I didn't think the storyline was particularly strong throughout the whole production, but I di…

MUSICAL REVIEW: Wonder.Land ★★★★

Wonder.LandNational Theatre LondonWednesday 16th December 2015
Take the story of Lewis Carroll's children Novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and bring it to the 21st century where on your phone you have an app called ‘Wonder.Land’, where you can create your own avatar, and make that app so addictive that you can't put it down 24/7 and that is what you have here from the genius of writers, Damon Albarn, Moira Buffini and Rufus Norris.
The production centres around a teenager called Aly; she is constantly moving school and struggles with teenager life as it is, from making new friends, to the constant arguing from her separated parents, and even believes her baby brother is more important than she is, but soon she comes across an online world called Wonder.Land, where she creates Alice, an avatar who Aly really inspires to be, seeing Alice as the perfect version of herself, and making her mobile the looking glass itself.
I have seen many plays at the national and I can hands down say that…