We Are Not Cakes

We Are Not Cakes

We Are Not Cakes claims to be inspired by the Oberiu Avant-Garde Movement, but the result is a content-less hour which never manages to create the kind of absurdist magic to which it aspires... 

First Draft

First Draft

First Draft tries to explore some interesting territory, but gets weighed down in its own symbolism and confused opinions. A two-hander, using both movement and physical theatre as well as short scenes, mime and soundscapes, it is a hit-and-miss affair which doesn’t hold the attention for the 45 minute running time... 

Dead in the Water - A Musical Tragicomedy

Dead in the Water - A Musical Tragicomedy

Dead in the Water takes the odd story of Operation Mincemeat - where Welsh vagrant Glyndwr Michael’s body was dumped by MI5 off the coast of Spain, complete with documents identifying him as Major William Martin and detailing a plan to attack Sardinia, rather than Sicily, the Allies’ real landing point - and shapes it into a delightful tragi-comic musical... 

Where Do Little Birds Go?

Where Do Little Birds Go?

Based on the true story of Lisa Prescott, who was kidnapped by the Kray Twins and essentially donated as a sex-slave to an escaped murderer, Camilla Whitehill's Where Do Little Birds Go? deals with some seriously dark subject matter, but manages to be uplifting and utterly beautiful... 

The Girl In The Blue Coat

The Girl In The Blue Coat

This musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s short story Destiny and a Blue Coat is a sweet little tale, focusing on miller’s daughter Abbie Pollin (Lauren Potter) and her snaring of the “new gentleman” Mr Winwood (Patrick O’Sullivan) in a case of mistaken identity - she has the same blue coat as local knock-out Frances Lovill (Georgia Thomas)... 

The Fix

The Fix

The Fix examines psychosis through the eyes of three men from three different eras: Richard is a Victorian schizophrenic, and is played with lovely bumbling lightness and comic timing by Euan Forsyth (also the co-artistic director of this young company); Dicky is a WW1 soldier with an admirably acted stammer, played by David Pitt, who also captures the cocktail of innocence and pain drawn from war; and Cameron Moore makes up the threesome playing Rick - a teen in 70’s America being “treated” for homosexuality... 

Sidero

Sidero

This new play, written and directed by Jonny James-Jones, is a fierce and interesting tale of brothers whose lives couldn’t be more different. Hez (Alex Brabbins) is a loser, living a stale non-life with no job, girlfriend or prospects, but plenty of beer, drugs, and a terrible influence of a housemate in wild, hilarious Ozzy (Liam Church-Burton)... 

Brett Goldstein Tolerated This So His Children Will Be Next

Brett Goldstein Tolerated This So His Children Will Be Next

“Are you ready for some adequate comedy?” Brett Goldstein asks whilst doing his own intro to this work-in-progress show. We were, but thankfully we got a much better deal than that - the hour that follows being well crafted, acutely observed and marvellously funny... 

The Technique of Getting By

The Technique of Getting By

Moors Bar theatre is new to me and I can’t say much for the venue other than its pretty cool to get to walk through the pre-set props to get to the loo (on the side of the stage)... 

Passing Through

Passing Through

Passing Through is a show-case of Kingston University student playwrights and comes in 2 parts. I saw Part 1 - which consists of 3 plays ‘questioning how death affects murderers and victims’...