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THEATRE REVIEW: Out of This World ★★★

Out of This World Warwick Arts Centre Tuesday 25th May 2016
I think it’s fair to say that when we as an audience member go to watch a production, there are two types of us; those who already may know the playwright, the story, or have read reviews and therefore considered coming, and then we have those who going into a show coming devoid of what they are about to watch, so spend quite a lot of time at the beginning becoming familiar with the characters and storyline present on stage. In this instance, I consider myself more lenient of the latter side, especially quite recently, but strangely enough, for Out of This World, Mark Murphy’s newly devised show rehearsed in a school gymnasium for the last six weeks, weather you consider yourself the former or latter, you will still find yourself scratching your head for a good twenty minutes, but ultimately never let down.
The clanging of the carabineers clipping to the harnesses, and the offstage ariel team moving at rapid horizontal pace up an…

MUSICAL REVIEW: Fantastic Mr Fox ★★★

Fantastic Mr Fox Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Tuesday 18th April 2017

Based off Roald Dahl's classic children's book, the story of Fantastic Mr Fox tells the tale of the fox family and their friends, badger, mouse, and rabbit, to which this production focuses its heart on telling the friendship between them all, and does so with such warmth that it proves itself to be fantastic family fun!

The production value is clearly very high with catchy and memorable music composed by Arthur Darvill, with lyrics from himself, Darren Clark, Sam Holcroft, who is also the adapter of this production, and Al Muriel all combined to create a score and undertone to the whole production that will stick in your head after the curtain call, especially with the song 'We’ve got to Dig’ in the first act of the performance, all of this to which is then combined with the stunning lighting designed by Lee Curran. The energy from the whole cast is clear as they perform to families in the auditorium, really …

MUSICAL REVIEW: An American in Paris ★★★

An American In Paris Dominion Theatre, London Monday 17th April 2017
I wanted to like this musical adaptation from the 1951 Gene Kelly movie, which tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, a painter who decides to stay in Paris after the war and falls in love with Lise, where he believes that she's the one, until he finds that that she is also the exact same woman that his friend Adam has to been trying to set up with their friend Henri, but ultimately I just couldn't find any love for this production, which is a bold statement, because there were moments of stunning visuals and beautiful dances, but I didn't find myself captivated by the action on stage.
There are a few factors to which this may be, from going into the show with complete high expectations as a result of 28 five star reviews for the show, feeling quite detached from the action due to my seat being up in the circle within this huge auditorium, or maybe it's because I have a very niche taste when it comes to theat…

THEATRE REVIEW: Consent ★★★★★

Consent Dorfman Theatre, The National Theatre London Thursday 13th April 2017

Set around the tale of a lady called Gayle (Heather Cranley), who is a victim of rape, Consent lets us peer into the lives of the barristers of the case, Jake (Adam James) and Tim (Pip Carter), as well as their friends and family, who include Jake’s wife Kitty (Anna Maxwell Martin), her childhood friend Zara (Daisy Haggard), and best friends Edward (Ben Chaplin) and Rachel (Priyanga Burford). What unfolds in this 2hr 20min production is an intense look into what Consent actually means to these characters, as well as how the case affects their relationships with each other.

Consent personally to me is one of the most compelling pieces of theatre that I have seen in recent times, and having the production set in the round really heightens this theory due to the intimacy of the actors who are surrounded by the audience; furthermore, sitting up on the balcony peering over watching the performance almost made me feel…

MUSICAL REVIEW: Rent ★★★★

Rent
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Tuesday 11th April 2017

I had my judgments about Rent before walking into the auditorium tonight for the opening of this 20th Anniversary production this week in The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. The only productions I have seen previous was an amateur performance at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2015, and I remember feeling very sorry for the performers on stage who were giving it their all but to a sound system which wasn't working to their favour, which really damaged my enjoyment and made me not really understand the storyline of the whole show altogether. Since then I had not listened to any of the soundtrack or watched the 2005 movie adaptation, so I really was walking once again into this touring production with a fairly fresh open mind, and once again I was blown away by what I saw on stage!

It should be noted that Rent may have a very niche audience, and for that I mean I would in ways liken this production to Les Misérables in the fact that there …

THEATRE REVIEW: The Machine Stops ★★★★

The Machine Stops The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Saturday 8th April 2017

Based on the originally published 1909 short science fiction story by E. M.Forster, The Machine Stops tells the tale of those who hibernate underneath the surface of the Earth, after losing the ability to live, with those who resurface having to wear apparatus to explore the abandoned world. Below the surface lives Vashti, a woman who lives in a basic Hexagonal room with an armchair and a book, which is a manual to the machine, the support system that lives underneath, provides fresh air, and communicates with the humans through an automated voice. On the opposite side of the world lives her son, Kuno, who is desperate to see his mother as he wants to venture upon the surface of the Earth.

Written back in 1909, the story predicted new technology like instant messaging and the internet, and watching the production on stage really made me appreciate how much director Juliet Forster creates this dystopian world in a sto…

THEATRE REVIEW: Ugly Lies The Bone ★★★

Ugly Lies The Bone The National Theatre, London Saturday 1st April 2017

The year is 2011 and the setting is Titusville, where we meet our characters at the end of Nasa’s space programme with one last launch imminent.  Exploring the use of virtual reality therapy, we meet Jess (Kate Fleetwood), who has returned after three tours in Afghanistan with scarring down the left side of her face, and is bound to a walker, though the virtual therapy soon helps her move her stiffened muscles in a way to which makes her strive to move in the virtual reality world around her.

This productions resonated so well because of the dynamics on stage between the actors, essentially bringing these characters to life that you fully felt for each of them like they were their own and not a creation from playwright Lindsey Ferrentino. The use of electronic movement for the set pieces ensured a smooth running of each scene and setting that enhanced the experience of watching this production, and only heightened by …