Review: The Majority (National Theatre)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

If you’ve ever wondered whether the typical National Theatre audience is mainly comprised of liberal white Remain voters, wonder no more. The first few minutes of the press night for The Majority emphatically confirmed this to be the case. That tangential bombshell aside, The Majority is less clichéd than its National press night crowd. Rob Drummond’s new show is less a play and more a piece of storytelling with added participatory morality.

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Review: Gangsta Granny (Garrick Theatre)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

Gangsta Granny, Birmingham Stage Company’s production of David Walliams’ bestselling children’s book, has arrived in the West End. Suitable for kids aged 5 and over, the show is a perfect antidote to cries of ‘Grannies are boring!’.

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Review: Brexodus! The Musical (The Other Palace, Studio)

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SheSeesStars: ★★☆☆☆

You’d have to have been living under a rock for the past couple of years to have missed Brexit. It was inevitable that it would eventually lead to productions such as Brexodus! The Musical. Although clearly one of the most serious political issues of our time, Lord knows there’s plenty of scope for humour and satire about Brexit…

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Review: iAm 4.0 (Playground Theatre)

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Based barely a mile from Grenfell Tower, scene of the devastating fire on 14 June, the award-winning charity SPID Theatre held a benefit event on 9 July including a performance of their latest show iAm 4.0. Specialised in immersive and participatory community theatre, with this show SPID have developed a thought-provoking hour in which the audience take a certain amount of control. Continue reading

Review: Terror (Lyric Hammersmith)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

With searingly topical timing, summer 2017 sees the Lyric Hammersmith presenting the UK premiere of Terror, a tense courtroom drama by German lawyer and writer Ferdinand von Schirach which has become something of a worldwide hit. The premise is simple enough: a trial is undertaken on stage and the whole audience is the jury, voting after all the evidence has been presented.

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Review: Musicals Unsung (St James Theatre Studio)

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Having seen a couple of editions of West End Switched Off, which showcases well-known songs from musicals presented in a different light, I was keen to pop back to the St James Theatre’s Studio space to see another show put together by musical director Kris Rawlinson: Musicals Unsung. The concept of this show is a sort of flip-side to Switched Off, giving an airing to songs that have been cut from popular musicals. This appealed to me because I like to know what goes on behind the scenes, and get an insight into how the writing process leads to the final result.

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Review: Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (Semi-final 2)

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Spurred on by my blog receiving its first ever visits from readers in the Czech Republic, Croatia and Armenia (and The Gambia!?) after Semi-final number 1, I’m back with a round-up of Semi-final number 2! I found Tuesday’s first semi a bit underwhelming, finding it tricky to pick even 10 out of the 18 songs that I thought deserved to qualify. I guessed that Moldova, Croatia, the Netherlands, Armenia, Russia, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Malta and Bosnia would qualify. Of my picks, 7/10 made the cut, with Moldova, Iceland and Bosnia losing out to Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. Anyway, based on Tuesday’s slightly disappointing offerings, I had high hopes that the songs drawn in Thursday’s semi-final would bring a bit more interest, musical flair and, ideally, hilarity to the proceedings…

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