Showing posts from March, 2018

THEATRE REVIEW: Brighton Rock ★★★

Brighton Rock Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Wednesday 28th March 2018 Set in Brighton during the 1930s, Bryony Lavery's adaption of Graham Greene's thriller novel centre's around Pinkie (Jacob James Beswick), a 17 year old with a drive for murder, who catches the eye of Rose (Sarah Middleton), a 16 year old waitress, who too straight away becomes infatuated with his antics and seems to never let go, in this visually stunning production that leaves you gasping for your own breath even by the end of the first act. Sara Perks’ rustic design paves way for Ester Richardson, first time director for Pilot Theatre, to delve deeper into the text adapted by Lavery to use every inch of the stage to her advantage which constantly amazes the audience, especially after the fast paced chase sequence at the beginning of the production. Aideen Malone also excels in the lighting which adds atmosphere and makes really the esthetic for the piece stand out, with the clever use of side lighti

THEATRE REVIEW: Brief Encounter ★★★★★

Brief Encounter Empire Cinema, Haymarket Saturday 10th March 2018 After returning to the West End, where it was first presented 10 years ago, Emma Rice’s production of the cult classic 1945 film adaption of Brief Encounter is evermore now as beautiful and exquisite then ever, with Rice continuing to explore and push the boundaries of theatre with this production set at the Empire Cinema, which only seems the obvious answer considering this stories origin, but still manages to completely stun the audience with exceptional performances from Kneehigh members old and new. After some wonderful performances from the production band in the foyer and cinema front of house, we are treated to an almost perfect replica of what is thought to be homage to the 1945 movie, with our two main characters, Laura (Isabel Pollen) and Alec (Jim Sturgeon), jump up from the midst of the audience to act out their first scene together, before jumping up on stage where the curtains rise and the stunning