Friday, 14 July 2017

Twelfth Night | Grand Theatre

Twelfth Night is definitely one of my favourite Shakespeare plays (up there with As You Like It and A Comedy of Errors but that's a story for another post!) so when I saw that the Watermill Theatre were bringing a contemporary musical take of the play to my local theatre I couldn't resist picking myself up a ticket. Entering the auditorium, even before the performance has fully begun, I felt transported to a dusky jazz club with actors milling around the audience and serenading us with bluesy music. It created an intimate and relaxed atmosphere that set the scene for the rest of the performance.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Rotterdam | Arts Theatre

Where to start with Rotterdam? I don't usually struggle to find the words to talk about a piece of theatre (usually if I do it's because I didn't enjoy it) but I found this play to be so enjoyable and important that I'm not sure what I have to say will do it justice. In Rotterdam, Alice is about to come out to her parents when her girlfriend, Fiona, reveals she is actually a transgender man. Fiona becomes Adrian and the play is about the strain that this places on their relationship. It deals with issues about transitioning, gender and sexuality which are topics that some people have a lot of questions about in an age where trans people are slowly becoming more visible and accepted.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

La Cage Aux Folles | Grand Theatre

La Cage Aux Folles is a musical that won't fail to warm your heart. I knew very little about the show before the performance but I am so glad I got myself a ticket as this production is a treat from start to finish. Put aside the flashy costumes, set and wickedly humerus dialogue and what you're left with is a show with acceptance, love and family at it's core which is truly a wonderful thing and it's the balance between theatrical and sincere moments that make this show something special.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas | Northern Ballet | Grand Theatre

The book of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, written in 2006, was adapted into a film just two years later and has become a very well-known story so, after being invited to press night at my local theatre, I was very intrigued to see how the story would work as a ballet. Honestly I was feeling a little sceptical to begin with but I'm so pleased to say that I was proven wrong. It was a truly stunning production, one I'd recommend to all, whether big fans of ballet or not.

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.
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