Confessions of Old Lady #2

Confessions of Old Lady #2

Joan Shepard. Haven’t heard of her? Then you’re not alone – neither had I. Shepard is an ex-child actress now approaching eighty years old who has a host of interesting stories to share from her time on Broadway and television... 

The Wheelchair on My Face

The Wheelchair on My Face

It’s always easy to be sceptical about a one-man or one-woman show, as holding the attention of an audience on your own is no easy task. However, Sonya Kelly’s engaging and exciting delivery of her memoir about growing up with poor eyesight is delivered with perfect clarity... 

Mostellaria (The Haunted House)

Mostellaria (The Haunted House)

Part of the American High School Theatre Festival, Scarlett High School from Canada present Platus’ 200 B.C.E play ‘Mostellaria.’ Going to a play called ‘The Haunted House’ I was expecting it to be a spooky ride of ghosts and ghouls... 

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Cheepiyak Theatre Company present their adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s well loved classic ‘The Jungle Book.’ At the charming venue of the Church Hill Theatre, the audience was nicely full of energetic babies and children and I waited to see what Monica Flory’s version would offer to this timeless tale... 

The McLough-Hess Monster

The McLough-Hess Monster

The Jekyll and Hyde bar is a fantastically atmospheric location for any show and gave the perfect cosy yet still spooky setting to this stand up comedy gig. Squashed into a tiny room at the back of the bar, two comedians, Sean McLoughlin and Adam Hess, gave us half an hour of stand up each... 

Max Dickins: This Will Only Take A Moment...

Max Dickins: This Will Only Take A Moment...

Sharply clad in a waistcoat and red trousers, or as he describes himself dressing like ‘a gay snooker player,’ Max Dickens certainly looks the part. His free show on at Cabaret Voltaire does not disappoint... 

Slice by Mel Giedroyc

Slice by Mel Giedroyc

Slice is Mel Giedroyc’s debut play, a story based around cake, three sisters and their dying mother. These three women are extremely different and are only suddenly bought together in the house of Victoria, the middle sister, as their mother’s death becomes imminent... 

I Heart Peterborough

I Heart Peterborough

The sultry tones of Billie Holliday’s I’ll Be Seeing You welcome us into the auditorium of Pleasance Courtyard. A man stands in full makeup and a wig cap and slowly goes through the motions of a routine... 

Ian Fox - Shutter Monkey (The Comedy Show With Pictures) - Free

Ian Fox - Shutter Monkey (The Comedy Show With Pictures) - Free

Part of the Laughing Horse Free Festival, comedian and photographer Ian Fox delivers an hour of very amusing entertainment through a selection of photos. The show was charming, witty and most importantly, really quite original... 

Leonce and Lena

Leonce and Lena

This modern adaptation of Buchner’s 1895 play by the Lincoln Company was an interesting re-working of the satiric comedy. The script was bought up to date by setting the show in Las Vegas where two families lose a bet, meaning they force their children into marriage... 

Brazil! Brazil! Presents Favela Funk Party

Brazil! Brazil! Presents Favela Funk Party

As I followed the sound of salsa music into the grand ballroom at The Assembly Rooms, I have to admit I felt a little underdressed in jeans and trainers. What I was about to be part of was not just a show, but a full two hours of drinking, singing, dancing and a non stop party for both audience and performers alike... 

Billy The Mime

Billy The Mime

Billy the Mime is no stereotypical French man trying to climb out of an invisible box. He is the alter ego of Stephen Banks, an American actor and comedian. His one hour show is scandalous and extremely clever as he presents different stories and scenarios from current affairs, most of them being particularly taboo or outrageous... 

Bowling and Todd +1

Bowling and Todd +1

Part of PBH’s Free Fringe, Bowling and Todd + 1 is a comedy show in the underground space of the Cabaret Voltaire that is well worth a watch. Two comedians, Bekka Bowling and Shane Todd lead us through forty minutes of stand up and then finish up with a different headliner act... 

Queue

Queue

Intrigued by a piece of theatre exploring the ins and outs of the great British phenomenon of queuing, I was disappointed by West Horizons’ original scripted performance, which consisted of different scenes, sketches, and monologues, some loosely linked and mostly rather awkward to watch... 

People Show 121: The Detective Show

People Show 121: The Detective Show

The People Show 121 delivers an hour of captivating truly British murder mystery fun in this charming three-person show. We are welcomed to the auditorium by the narrator of the piece, Gareth Brierly, who leads us through the performance where he and the other two actors (Mark Long and Fiona Creese) multi-role as various characters with skill and wit... 

Alexis Dubus: Cars & Girls

Alexis Dubus: Cars & Girls

Alexis Dubus opened his show by telling us that what we were going to watch was a stand up comedy act that is built around a storytelling structure. He then leant in and whispers, ‘That means it doesn’t all have to be funny... 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Patch of Blue Theatre Company are one of most professional youth groups I have ever had the pleasure of watching and their performance of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a charming one-act American musical comedy, was executed with skill, passion and overwhelming amounts of talent... 

World War Wonderful!

World War Wonderful!

The Wonderful Sisters are a singing trio cabaret act from Australia who welcome us to their show with a charming three part harmony song, ‘Down in Louisiana.’ With witty and sometimes crude lyrics, these three singers are all very talented and perform classic wartime style ditties with style and finesse... 

Flamenco Roots

Flamenco Roots

A lone man and his guitar sit on a small stage of a lecture theatre as I waited to see what Garcia’s Flamenco Flow had in store for me. I did not know quite what to expect from the modest arrangement... 

The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk

The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk

Sitting cross-legged on a little blue section of carpet, with clumps of other children around me, I felt transported back to my days at primary school, excited to see what was in store for me... 

Breathless - A Dramatic Cantata

Breathless - A Dramatic Cantata

Sitting with an audience of six, I wasn’t exactly hopeful about the one-man meltdown I was about to witness. I was right not to be overly excited about this show, which was indeed ‘intriguing’, as advertised, but not in an entirely positive way... 

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

It is easy to forget how bleak and ominous the stories of the Brothers Grimm really are until we are presented with them in later life. I had honestly forgotten the details of melancholic tale of Hansel and Gretel, but C theatre made sure I learnt my lesson and I certainly won’t be talking to strangers anytime soon... 

Captain Codless and the Legend of Plunge Island

Captain Codless and the Legend of Plunge Island

Whilst queuing to get into the quaint venue at C Too, a grubby looking pirate gave me a poke and asked me if I was the one producing that ‘vile stench.’ The two children behind me promptly burst out in fits of giggles... 

Danceforms' 60th International Choreographers' Showcase

Danceforms' 60th International Choreographers' Showcase

Holding the attention of an audience for an hour of dance, especially with a mish-mash of different styles, can be a challenge. Granted, this performance is a ‘showcase,’ highlighting work from multiple ‘distinguished choreographers,’ so I was expecting to see variety...