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High Society, The Old Vic.

High Society is a really beautiful production, in the literal sense. Staged in the round once again at the Old Vic its small set makes the most of the in the round setting, and of the ensemble who conduct perfectly choreographed scene changes. From the opulent living room to a pool the world of High Society is created.

Opening with a half concert half sing-along with Joe Stilgoe, it was clearly going to be a different take on the classic musical, and it is real treat of a production. I’d seen the musical once before, but never the film. Unfortunately aside from a vague recollection of crossed wires and ill-advised love matches within rich Americans I had little memory of the plot. As it turns out the plot is sometimes a bit hard to keep track of (despite not being extensive) as keeping track of who is who or who wants to be with who or who knows who is who can be a little confusing. Or perhaps I was just blinded by scene changes. Either way it doesn’t actually matter because the Old Vi…

Everyman Festival: Blackadder III

Last night the 2015 Everyman festival opened in style with Blackadder III. It's a tough job opening a festival but Blackadder's hilarious Regency England adventure was perfect for the first night. 

Firstly though, a confession: I've never seen Blackadder. 

I am the turnip head
Well I've seen bits. And I've seen quite a bit of 'Blackadder Goes Forth' because I used to use it teaching Year 9 History. But other than that...the odd clip here and there...I know the gist of it but have no clue really. But actually this was a blessing, because aside from an obvious awareness of who played who on TV I have little to compare it to, so could just sit back and enjoy the laughs. And of those there are plenty. 


Comedy is difficult. Comedy is made even more difficult when the audience already knows the jokes (aside from me obviously). So absolute respect to the cast for bringing to life much loved characters in their own way. Brian Smith as Blackadder and Peter Harding-Rober…

Memphis lives in me.

Firstly credit to my friend Jen for getting up at an ungodly hour, and braving a slightly scary day seat queue for this one.

I've seen Memphis twice now, once in New York and again in London. Both times I confess it was really to see the leading man (Adam Pascal and Killian Donnelly respectively) but both times I've been really surprised at how much I like the show.

Memphis, if I were to describe it, is a darker, more adult Hairspray (interestingly this was the last thing I saw at the Shaftsbury in London too)  It deals with many of the same themes, from a similar era. But Memphis has a darker edge, and it's central characters are older, their experiences less sunny, the outcome also less cheery. Perhaps it's because I'm a cynical grown-up I actually prefer Memphis' take on race-relations in America.

Taking place in, funnily enough, Memphis, the story centres on Huey, an somewhat unsuccessful and unlucky young white man, who has a passion for 'black music&…

Everyman Festival Preview

I'm really excited that to kick off my new re-vamped theatre review blog I've been invited by Everyman Theatre in Cardiff to be one of their bloggers for the summer festival!

A lot of people in Cardiff will be familar with the Everyman theatre festival which happens every summer. For those who aren't every year Everyman sets up home for an outdoor festival of theatre including Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Comedy and a children's show-meaning there's something for everyone. This year the company are back in Sophia Gardens with four great shows:

Blackadder the Third - 24th June-4th July Sweet Charity- 8th-18th July  AsYou Like It 22nd July- 4th August 
Disney’sBeauty and the Beast 25th July - 1st August
Blackadder the Third follows on from last year's hilarious Blackadder outing for the festival. For those whose Blackadder knowledge is sketchy, this installment sees Blackadder in Regency England as a Butler-with of course help from Baldrick at his side- at the court o…