Category Archives: Theatre Review

Incomplete sentence

Reverend T Lawrence Shannon has his demons. They turn up every now and then and send him into a spiral. On the surface he isn’t a very nice man. He has a lot of faults but, deep down, masked by … Continue reading

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Puns galore

Last year we saw Sian Eleanor Green play (among other parts) Romeo in the Handlebard’s production of Romeo and Juliet. She was very good (as was the rest of the cast). Tonight we saw her again, this time playing Nick … Continue reading

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Remembering Daphlette

Back in the mid 1990’s, the Blue Mountains Theatre Company mounted a production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. Mirinda directed it and I played the lead, Garry Essendine. Among a lot of roles, Garry was easily one of my favourites … Continue reading

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“Why go out to see real people doing stuff?”

Harvey Weinstein has a lot to answer for. Quite apart from the obvious abuse of power, women and generally being an arsehole, he also, it seems, inspired David Mamet to write Bitter Wheat. When I discovered that John Malkovich was … Continue reading

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A different type of Tempest

Last year we went to the Maltings to see Romeo and Juliet performed by the seemingly indefatigable HandleBards. Four actors, quick changes of props and costume and two hours of complete fun wrapped in Elizabethan verse. Shakespeare never seemed quite … Continue reading

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Campy curiosity

When Bob told us we should book tickets for a show called Shen Yun I had no idea he was involved in Cult Collection. Possibly he didn’t either. The fact that he was adamant we’d enjoy it should have been … Continue reading

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Reggie Robinsod

I have always loved the work of Tom Stoppard. The Real Thing (I really should have played Henry!) is one of my favourite plays after all. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a work of genius and who doesn’t like … Continue reading

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Acting a caricature

Years ago I read a Pinter play called The Dumb Waiter. I wanted to take it to festivals but never did anything beyond the reading. I can’t remember why. Even so, it’s a one act play I’ve always liked. Until … Continue reading

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It was seven years ago today

Exactly seven years ago, I accompanied a bunch of Weasels to the Union Chapel in Islington where we watched and listened to an amazing concert performance of Hadestown by Anais Mitchell. We had been introduced to the album by John … Continue reading

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Making a grown man cry

The day started with very strong winds and an occasional shower of quite heavy rain. The rather unpredictable weather coincided with the running of the cross country race through the park. It happens every year with a number of schools … Continue reading

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