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THEATRE REVIEW: The Tin Drum ★★★★

The Tin Drum Bristol Old Vic Saturday 11th November 2017
From the same creative team behind Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), Kneehigh’s latest production with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse is Günter Grass's novel The Tin Drum, and you can really feel this extent when you can see just how powerful and gripping The Tin Drum is on stage. Now I haven't read the 500 page epic, but I felt absolutely engrossed into the action on stage, and in good ol’ fashion Kneehigh style, this production was full of songs that will be left lingering in your mind for a long time following this spectacle.
The story of The Tin Drum seems very simplistic and easy to follow, so you'd think that you'd be able to sit back and enjoy this production, but you'd be wrong as at times I was on the edge of my seat; Oskar, who at the age of 3 receives a tin drum for his birthday, was elegantly puppeteered by Sarah Wright whilst being given a voice courtesy …

THEATRE REVIEW: Education Education Education ★★★★★

Education, Education, Education Bristol Old Vic Friday 3rd November 2017
It’s 1997, and Tony Blair has just been elected Prime Minister. Elsewhere, Katrina and the Waves have won Eurovision, the release of the Tamagotchi is the newest craze, and Tobias, the German language assistant, is about to start his first day at Wordsworth Comprehensive. This is Education, Education, Education, The Wardrobe Theatre’s latest production which is full of comic wit, hilarious one liners, and a cameo from a knight of the round table.
This production is set within one day of the school but there is much is going on, especially considering it's the Year 11’s last day at school. Miss Belltop-Doyle (Jesse Meadows) cannot keep her English class under control after a roleplay goes horribly wrong, but with hilarious consequences. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a show which was as slick and precise as this; the whole company involved, which is only nine altogether, have come up with a production that should…

THEATRE REVIEW: The Kite Runner ★★★★

The Kite Runner Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Wednesday 1st November 2017

Based on the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini which was released in 2003 and then made into a film in 2007, Flying Entertainment brings 'The Kite Runner’ straight from the West End onto a UK tour, stopping off at The Everyman Theatre along the way. Set in the mid 1970s, we follow the life of Amir (David Ahmad) and his relationship with his servant, Hassan (Jo Ben Ayed), who are the closest of friends whilst living in Kabul. This tale is so wonderfully told through storytelling that as an audience member you are transported instantly away from the present world and engrossed in the action on stage.

What is so vital to have in a production of any kind is chemistry, which Ahmad and Ayed both excel at with confidence; I felt so passionately towards these characters, which is rightly so given how harrowing the story gets as the boys in this story encounter bullies such as Assef, who is portrayed by Bhavin Bhatt …