REVIEW: Resident Alien (The Basement)

August 21, 2013
Crisp [by Sharu Delilkan] We enjoyed a lovely warm theatrical experience tonight – a charming, threadbare, Thatcher-ite, and acerbic view of the world from the portrayal of an old queen with no will or wit to be ordinary or dated. It was a delight to see this multi-award winning one-hander being performed impeccably by Roy Ward in The Basement’s intimate […]

REVIEW: Like There’s No Tomorrow (The Playground Collective and ATC)

July 29, 2013
You never know where the night will take you [by James Wenley] There’s a girl in the stairwell, quietly weeping, desperately trying not to be noticed. She’s the only student at the (banned) afterball not to have bothered with a costume or a flash dress. In her hands she tightly clutches a camera. She’s noticed by a Japanese exchange, dressed […]

REVIEW: King Lear (Summer Shakespeare)

March 4, 2013
Game of Thrones [by James Wenley] When I consider King Lear I think of the high grand tragedy, the demands of the title role and the master actors who have played him, and I conjure the harrowing image of the old man against the storm on the heath. It was pleasing to be reminded that the play begins (where it […]

REVIEW: Next Big Thing Festival; Tusk Tusk and Checkout Chicks (ATC)

July 10, 2012
Meaty Drama, Sweet Musical [by James Wenley] Tusk Tusk is a serious family drama, with lots to chew upon. ATC’s Associate Director Lynne Cardy describes it as ‘Arthur Miller for children’. Carried by a stunning performance from its three young leads, they must fend for themselves with absent authority figures. Checkout Chicks is an unapologetically silly and entertaining Musical. It […]

REVIEW: Bombs Away! – A Musical (Comedy Festival)

May 16, 2012
Bombs Away!: Who you [not] gonna call? [by Sharu Delilkan] There is no secret that ‘there will be bombs’ in the brand new comedy-musical Bombs Away!. The hilarious script written by Nic Sampson, Ryan Richards and Barnaby Fredric, complemented by a full-length musical score from Joseph Moore, can only be described as absurd, uplifting, full of life and the height […]

REVIEW: Everything She Ever Said to Me (Scratch New Writing)

April 19, 2012
The pain of everyday [by James Wenley] Jo’s everyday interactions are characterised by a sort of agony. As played by Kayleigh Haworth, she’s an intriguing study of indecision, awkwardness, tension and a constant internal torment about what to reveal, keep to herself, and behave.    Keziah Warner’s new play Everything She Ever Said to Me, speaks to the painfulness of conversation […]

REVIEW: The Last Five Years (Last Tapes)

March 4, 2012
A show to fall in, and out of love.. [by James Wenley] In the middle of Musical The Last Five Years, Jamie and Cathy pledge their loves and their lives in the song The Next Ten Minutes, which  features both a tender proposal (“Will you share your life with me / For the next ten minutes? / …. And if […]

REVIEW: The Waste Land (ATC Participate)

December 13, 2011
April is the cruelest month… [by James Wenley] Last week I was fortunate enough to experience a profound theatrical event. It’s been a few days now – most productions wash off soon after viewing – but in this one I keep returning to its moment in my head. I find experiences like these are all too rare, but it’s what […]