Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Evita | UK Tour | Grand Theatre

Evita is a show that I've had on my to-watch list for quite some time and apart from knowing the big hits (Don't Cry For Me Argentina etc), it's a show that's been a bit of an enigma to me. I was super happy when I found out that I'd won a pair of tickets to the show in an Instagram competition so that I would finally get to find out what Evita is all about.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

The Philanthropist | Trafalgar Studios

When they announced the casting for the revival of The Philanthropist at Trafalgar Studios, I squealed with joy and instantly texted my Mom saying "we need to see this!". We love a good TV comedy so the prospect of seeing Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner, Plebs), Charlotte Richie from Fresh Meat and Matt Berry from The IT Crowd - to name a few - all on one stage sounded like too good of an opportunity to miss. We managed to snap up a couple of tickets on the front row for a really reasonable price and it's fair to say that when I took my seat, I was thoroughly looking forward to the performance.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Anything Goes | Willenhall Musical Theatre Company

Anything Goes is one of those shows that I know almost all the music from but have never seen all the way through. Well, this changed on Wednesday night when I visited Willenhall Musical Theatre Company's production. I don't think I've ever seen one of their large productions before (although I've seen a couple of their variety concerts and enjoyed those) so I didn't know what to expect  but I left the theatre with such a huge smile on my face. It's easily up there as one of the best amateur productions I've seen in the Midlands area.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Jumprov | Press Preview Night

Last week I was invited along to experience Jumprov, an improv troupe based in Birmingham, from Birmingham, who are the first all black and ethnic minority improv group in the UK. Now I'm not the most familiar with improv - I had to take part in some back in my theatre studies days and I saw an improv show at the Edinburgh Fringe last year - so I was really looking forward to learning a bit more about it and having a good laugh too.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Ryan O'Donnell of Sunny Afternoon | Interview

Sunny Afternoon, the Olivier award-winning jukebox musical based on the life and music of The Kinks, has been touring the UK since August after a successful run in London. I've seen the show twice before (you can find my review of the London production here and the touring show here) so I was thrilled when it was announced that the tour would be stopping off in my home town of Wolverhampton. I met up with frontman Ryan O'Donnell, who plays Ray, to chat about life on the road and developing the role over time.
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