Review: Violence and Son (Royal Court Upstairs)

SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

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Always keen to see a bit of new writing (and even keener to do so at a bargain price) I got myself online at 9am to bag a £10 Monday ticket to see Violence and Son at the Royal Court. The subject matter sounded interesting – a boy who’s lost his mum and consequently had to move to the Welsh Valleys to live with a father he doesn’t know. A father who, not without good reason, is nicknamed ‘Vile’, short for ‘Violence’…

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Review: The Twits (Royal Court)

SheSeesStars: ★★☆☆☆

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© Royal Court Theatre

As a fan of Roald Dahl from an early age, I’m curious to see any stage adaptation of his stories. They can be a mixed bag. Whilst I think Matilda is fabulous – a perfect representation (visually, lyrically and musically) of everything Dahl – I was distinctly disappointed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the chocolate factory set wasn’t epic enough, large chunks of the lyrics were inaudible, the glass elevator was absent on the evening I saw it, and the only song I could hum afterwards was Pure Imagination). So I approached Enda Walsh’s ‘mischievous’ adaptation of The Twits with an equal mix of excitement and trepidation…

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