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THEATRE REVIEW: The Cherry Orchard ★★★

The Cherry Orchard Sherman Theatre, Cardiff Tuesday 31st October 2017
For my first trip to this beautiful theatre, I decided that I would come and see what the critics are giving critical acclaim with 5*s all round, Gary Owen's The Cherry Orchard, adapted from Anton Chekhov 1904’s production. I must say that I was very let down though after watching this performance, finding that the lack of energy may have been the problem,which shouldn't be the case when you have to entertain an audience in three hours!
In Owen's version, this play is set in Pembrokeshire 1982. Now, I'm not pinning down the fact I dislike plays that veer off the main part of their production to be the reason why I also may have felt the actual production to feel dated, but it really made me wonder just why this particular classic was in need of being updated to a more present decade. I did however enjoy certain parts of the production, from Kevin Treacy who created a harsh white light for the show which…

THEATRE REVIEW: People, Places and Things ★★★★★

People, Places and Things Bristol Old Vic Thursday 26th October 2017
The National Theatre’s People, Places and Things comes to Bristol Old Vic on their UK tour after a critically acclaimed run last year in the West End. The play follows Emma, an actress who checks into rehab and meets a myriad of interesting characters along her tumultuous journey to recovery. Lisa Dwyer Hogg takes on the role of the main protagonist, in possibly one of the most emotionally-charged productions I have seen in a long while.
There’s so much I could say about this production that I thoroughly enjoyed, from the chemistry that the whole company showed on stage right through to the compelling storytelling from Duncan Macmillan. Originally set in traverse, this was further considered for the Old Vic, where within the first five minutes we see the grey backdrop fall to reveal the audience upstage of the action; it's really nice to see that what made the original production in London so unique and special has b…

THEATRE REVIEW: Beginning ★★★★

Beginning National Theatre, London Saturday 21st October 2017

In what is set in a mess of a flat following a ‘Home Sweet Home’ warming party, as the banner suggests on the mirror, Laura (Justine Mitchell) and Danny (Sam Troughton) are alone. We are told that throughout the night, Danny, who is Keith’s friend, has been eyeing up Laura, and the feeling and actions were mutual vise versa. Both though have a past of horrendous relationships, and over this beautiful hour and a half production from playwright David Eldridge, we are invited to listen as we feel the chemistry between the two characters escalate with surprising consequences, which might make you as an audience member view dating differently after watching the production.

Justine Mitchell and Sam Troughton are are real delight to watch on stage. As watching from the front row, I felt very connected to the characters, and as a two-hander piece of theatre, I have never seen anything on this scale. Though the stage is cluttered, which…

THEATRE REVIEW: Jane Eyre ★★★★

Jane Eyre
National Theatre, London
Saturday 21st October 2017
The National Theatre's production of Jane Eyre, which is a co-production with Bristol Old Vic, was first staged in 2014, where it played at The Old Vic until transferring to the Lyttelton Theatre in 2015. This new reimagining with a updated cast, though I have just witnessed the penultimate performance at The National, feels incredibly fresh due to the sheer energy and dedication to the whole ensemble, particularly towards Nadia Clifford, who takes on the title role.
Along with everything else she manages to get her hands on, Sally Cookson has once again directed a beautiful piece of theatre which expanses decades and county's but simply is thrown on stage effortlessly with the direction taken here. It is only heightened further due to the incredible design from Michael Vale, which plays with elevation on stage in many different levels, and feels like a playground for the actors to discover their characters. Aideen…

THEATRE REVIEW: B ★★★★

B Royal Court, London Saturday 14th October 2017

In what can only be described as a derelict flat, two women are planning to plant a bomb at 3am in the morning. Not any normal bomb, to which could be violent, but a noise bomb; They want their voices to then be heard over the phone minutes after the detonation, but the visit of a male turns the situation deadly. B, written by Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón and translated for the Royal Court by William Gregory, is a play about the crumbling society that surrounds us all!

I really feel in love with this production due to the realism and genuine danger that seem opposed on stage. What I find so brilliant about the Royal Court is that it’s listening to the real outside world and reacting to events by staging productions based on its findings. Calderón spoke recently about how he was influenced from the decade of bombings that have happened in Santiago, 200 bombs to be precise. The one bomb used in this production, though disguised as a …

THEATRE REVIEW: Victory Collision ★★★

Victory Collision Royal Court, London Saturday 14th October 2017
A Man (Jonjo O’Neill) and Woman (Sharon Duncan-Brewster) return from what is apparent to be a holiday; they go about unpacking a suitcase and shopping bag, undress into comfier clothing, and interact with each other, but not vocally. They talk, just not to each other, but towards the audience. Victory Collision from playwright Chris Thorpe is a story of two, as both performers tell tales are so far apart from each other, so much that as an audience member I found myself to be confused and unfocused on what they were trying to convey, and I wasn’t the only who felt this as the mutterings after the show seemed to be apparent.
This is not to say though that this production is bad in any means, more the contrary as we are sucked into the world that they seem to present of stage, which is a beautifully designed flat from Chloe Lamford that is so realistic, especially given the one-person shooter game which O’Neill’s character pla…

THEATRE REVIEW: Heinsberg: The Uncertainty Principle ★★★★

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle
Wyndham's Theatre, London
Saturday 14th October 2017
Alex Priest is a butcher, who every day makes just over an hour's journey to and from his workplace, stopping off everyday for a rest at St Pancras Station. This has been his life for nearly two decades, but on one morning on his way to work he receives a kiss on the back of his neck, and from that moment on, everything changes for him. From the creative team behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Simon Stephens brings Heisenberg, a beautifully written piece of theatre that centres around the lives of Georgie Burns (Anne-Marie Duff) and Alex Priest (Kenneth Cranham).
The Uncertainty Principle was introduced in 1927 by Werner Heinsberg, and centres around how, in what is so excellently conceived in the play by Burns, 'if you watch something closely enough you realise you have no possible way of telling where it's going or how fast it's getting there.’ The ch…

THEATRE REVIEW: Rita, Sue and Bob Too ★★★★

Rita, Sue and Bob Too Bristol Old Vic Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Originally staged at The Royal Court back in 1982, Andrea Dunbar's second play after the success of 'The Arbor’, which again staged at The Royal Court in 1980 after being wrote in green biro on exercise book at the age of 15, ‘Rita, Sue and Bob Too’ was submitted into the The Young Writer's Festival in 1982, where the story depicts the lives of babysitters Rita (Taj Atwal) and Sue (Gemma Dobson), who have sexual encounters with their employer Bob (James Atherton), a man who works with Sue's dad and is also married to Michelle (Samantha Robinson).
It's not everyday where you watch a production that within the first scene we see two underage girls having sex with a 27 year old man, but in this instance that's the case, and can't help but laugh because that's the initial reaction to awkwardness, but over the minute exchange between Sue and Bob in the car, with Rita in the back seat, it soon become…