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Caribbean Cruising – Haiti & Jamaica | Royal Caribbean

It’s not often that you can claim to have woken up in a different country four days in a row but that’s exactly what happened when Adam and I took to the seas and embarked on our first full length cruise, courtesy of Royal Caribbean. A quick plane ride (please note the sarcasm as this plane […]

Gutted @ Stratford Theatre Royal

posted by on 30/05/2013

Following the chaotic lives of the Prospect Brothers, Gutted explores the various paths and choices in which they take in the pursuit to succeed and be loved. The staging consisted of mirrors surrounding the characters, which also reflected the auditorium of audience members, which was very striking. Symbolically, it worked extremely well as it was as if a mirror were reflected onto society.

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Sleeping Arrangements @ Landor Theatre

posted by on 20/05/2013

The best selling Sophie Kinsella novel turned musical follows the lives of two couples whose paths manage to cross whilst on vacation in sunny Spain, but not all is what it seems as an old romance is rekindled. From the very moment the musical started, the audience were transported from the everyday lives of both families, to the picturesque Spanish villa staging, which made for a great scenic backdrop for the drama to take place. More after the break.

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Glasgow Girls @ Stratford Theatre Royal

posted by on 04/04/2013

Based on the true story of seven teenage girls, Glasgow Girls follows their on-going pursuit for justice, as they find themselves at the forefront of an on-going fight for the rights of the children of Asylum seekers. The core element of the piece was the solidarity between the seven feisty campaigners, an element that easily could have been overshadowed by all of the other components of the production but luckily was not, and this is due to the dynamic performances of each cast member.

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Jack & the Beanstalk @ Stratford Theatre Royal

posted by on 09/01/2013

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It’s that time of the year again whereby heroes are cheered and villains are booed upon, whereby slapstick is a way of life and pantomime dames rule the roost. The well-known tale of a young boy who trades the family’s treasured pet cow for several ‘magical’ beans is given a new lease of life in Paul Sirett’s adaptation for the Theatre Royal Stage. More after the break

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Dangerous Lady @ Theatre Royal Stratford East

posted by on 21/11/2012

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Martina Cole’s Dangerous Lady, the international bestseller is adapted for the Theatre Royal stage. After a whirlwind of a love affair leaves her questioning whether life will be the same again, Maura Ryan finds herself swept into the notorious lifestyle of her gangland family. Having never read the book, I have to say that I found Patrick Prior’s stage adaptation a fantastic piece to watch. Claire-Louise Cordwell’s portrayal of Maura was strong and sharp yet vulnerable at the same time. More after the break

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The Revenger’s Tragedy @ Hoxton Hall

posted by on 05/11/2012

To get into the spirit of Halloween, the echoing Victorian décor of Hoxton Hall has been playing host to The Revenger’s Tragedy, a Jacobean play following a man’s quest to avenge the death of his loved ones. I have to say that the strength of the piece lay with the stage design. The use of the multiple old-fashioned television screens depicting the characters faces was a visually smart device, which I would have liked to have seen more of.

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Wah! Wah! Girls @ Theatre Royal Stratford East

posted by on 28/09/2012

A Bollywood musical set in the very heart of Stratford, Wah! Wah! Girls sets to dazzle as relationships are put to the test, paths are crossed and lives are changed. A larger than life production, Wah!Wah! Girls from the get go lit up the stage with its dynamic dance routines, music and drama.

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A Progress @ The Yard Theatre

posted by on 22/09/2012

‘A Progress’, the retelling of Bunyan’s classic ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ chronicles the various twists and turns of a 17th Century jailbird’s dream. The piece dares to tackle the many questions us humans continually ask ourselves such as what is the meaning of life? Performed by Beggarsbelief Theatre Company, this allegorical piece literally lit up the room with its constant high energy, which was due to the versatility of the cast.

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When Chaplin Met Gandhi

posted by on 31/08/2012

What happens when two of the most iconic figures of the 20th century meet? When Chaplin met Gandhi chronicles Gandhi’s visit to the East End in 1931 where he spent a total of twelve weeks meeting with the local residents, including the youngsters of Kingsley Hall. Compelled by Gandhi’s ethos, Chaplin arranged for the two to meet. Initially dismissed by Gandhi’s entourage, the two were brought together in one of the most fascinating and unlikeliest of meetings in human history. More after the break

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Seven Against Thebes @ Theatro Technis

posted by on 24/08/2012

In celebration of the Olympic Games taking place in London, Theatro Technis played host to The Great Dionysian Festival, a marathon of five plays chronicling the extraordinary life of Oedipus. Seven Against Thebes, the third production in this succession of plays centres around two young kings, Eteocles and Polynices both intent on fighting for the throne. In this war-ridden city, we watch on as family ties are broken, a Kingdom is divided and a chorus display the sorrow caused by the warring brothers actions. .

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