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THEATRE REVIEW: Killology ★★★★★

Killology
Royal Court, London
25th May - 24 June 2017


A Father, Son, and the creator of the game Killology stand of the stage, and throughout the running time of 2hr 10mins grip the audience, almost being able to hear a pin drop throughout, when there wasn’t any laughter from the sadistic jokes anyway, and this reviewer left thinking his jaw couldn’t hit the floor anymore with the compelling storytelling that unravelled throughout, as this non-chronological twist-turner kept giving more, never really knowing how the incredible story was going to reach it’s climax with the already chilling end right before the interval.
It’s hard to really give too much detail into the story as it’s best to go in blind, or reading the blurb at the back of the play text as I did when ordering my ticket, but I always feel completely at ease doing this, especially with Royal Court and the incredible calibre of talent that enters the theatre, and Killology really is no exception. At no point throughout did I f…

MUSICAL REVIEW: Stowstopper! The Improvised Musical ★★★★

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Saturday 27tth May 2017
When you read the words ‘Rent’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Singin' in the Rain’, ‘Wicked’, and ‘Racecourse’, what comes to mind? Probably for the majority of the readers this means absolutely nothing, but for those who attended the Saturday 27th May 2017 matinee performance of ShowStoppers at The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham, they will know what these words have in common.
Founded in London 2008, ‘ShowStopper! The Improvised Musical’ takes suggestions from the audience in the form of favourite musicals and a setting to conjure up exactly what the title suggests, a fully improvised 1hr 30min musical, and it was truly fascinating to watch as they all completely made up a storyline and music which fitted into the genres to which the audience suggested as their chosen musical favorites at the beginning of the show. Even throughout the performance, as more suggestions from the audience were asked, they se…

THEATRE REVIEW: Twelfth Night ★★★

Twelfth Night The National Theatre, London Saturday 13th May 2017
To true reason why Shakespeare is so universal is due to the limitless adaptions that you could contrive from any one of his creations; I think I’ve enough adaptations of Romeo & Juliet or Midsummer Night’s Dream either on tour or from The Globe Theatre itself to back up this statement, but Twelfth Night on the other hand is a play which I have only come across twice, with the last outing two years ago, and knowing how much I trust a National Theatre production, I was very much looking forward to this adaptation starring Tamsin Greig in the role of Malvolia, originally named Malvolio, as it is usually played by a male.

The National Theatre are known for making the most of their productions and thrusting them with big budgets and elaborate costumes and production values, with Twelfth Night making no exception to the case; Soutra Gilmour's grand staircase design was a spectacle at the heart of the show with multi-pur…

THEATRE REVIEW: The Wedding ★★★

The Wedding
Warwick Arts Centre
Thursday 4th May 2017
Described as a political production about signing a contract and regretting the motion of getting married in an arranged setting, Internationally acclaimed theatre company ‘Gecko’ bring The Wedding to Warwick Arts Centre, with so much engaging, powerful, and subtle choreography that will at times send shivers down your spine and having you standing, stomping, and clapping whilst on your feet with the performers as the production draws to a close.
As a newcomer watching a Gecko production, I had no idea what I was about to watch until I sat down to watch the performance, which was a recommendation from a peer the week previous whilst watching another show at Warwick. Because of this, the initial foreign speaking language did take some time to get used to, majoritily then becoming overall more of a visual production that you have to experience, unless you could speak the language being presented on stage. This for me was quite difficul…