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Author: Jay Will Be

76% #OutOf100 Cinderella dazzles on its return to the Hackney Empire stage

Written and directed by Susie Mckenna, Cinderella returns to the Hackney Empire stage revamped to entertain audiences with its mix of music and comedy which is guaranteed to appeal to families of all age groups. Using a mix of contemporary and classic compositions which make light of current political themes, it manages to be a modern adaptation without disregarding its central theme. The casting is refreshingly diverse with Aisha Jawando starring as the mistreated but impervious Cinderella, constantly bullied by her jealous and conniving stepmother Countess Anastasia played by Mckenna herself. The show doesn’t hold back on tongue in cheek humour with Kat B and Tony Whittle hilariously devious as the wicked steps sisters Victiqua and Queeniqua. While their...

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90% #OutOf100 – Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax returns to the Old Vic with its highly relevant adaptation

  First presented at the Old Vic theatre 2 years ago Max Webster’s production of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax makes a welcome return to this famous london stage and doesn’t disappoint. Written in 1971 this adaptation to the stage manages to harness the book’s originality and poetic magic whilst translating a poignant conservation message still relevant today. The story begins with a young group who stumble across a mysterious box with the title ‘Unless’ written on it. Mystified by its meaning they decide to ask the Once-ler a hermit who resides in an old decrepit tower nearby. The Once-ler...

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92% #OutOf100 ‘The Shape of Water’ BFI 2017 London Film Festival Review

Opening proceedings with a dreamy underwater scene full of floating furniture, ‘The Shape of Water’ which premiered at this years London Film Festival is a noir sci fi fantasy executed masterfully in typical abstract fashion by director Guillermo del Toro. He directs this unusual tale about a mute named Elisa (played by the superb Sally Hawkins – The Hollow Crown (2016); Paddington (2014)) who forms an unlikely relationship with a highly classified top secret creature. Elisa has become weary of her cleaner job within a US lab and craves for something to feel affectionate about. So when an unknown humanoid creature suddenly arrives at the lab she...

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75% #OutOf100 BFI 2017 London Film Festival Review ‘Bad lucky goat’

Filmed against the stunningly picturesque backdrop of Old Providence – the Caribbean island, Bad Lucky Goat is a dark comedy by Director-Screenwriter Samir Oliveros that explores the strained relationship between two siblings.  Corn played by Honlenny Huffington is the more spiritual of the two and passionate about playing his beloved harmonica, while his sister Rita played by Kiara Howard is swayed more by materialism and the typical things early teenage girls get up to. The movie starts with both protagonists sent out by their father to run errands for him. But things quickly turn for the worst when an unforeseen mishap occurs whilst driving...

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82% #OUTOF100 – Yardbird (An Homage to Charlie Parker)

Daniel Schnyder’s Jazz fused abstract opera Yardbird, pays homage to Jazz bebop pioneer Charlie Parker played by American tenor Lawrence Brownlee who puts in stellar vocal performance as the flawed genius. His friends, lovers and family experience a rollercoaster of emotions as they struggle to deal with his passing, with Parker himself stuck in limbo compromised by his own creative brilliance. Set after the death of Parker whose spirit still haunts Birdland, he struggles to compose one last masterpiece before inevitably letting go to leave his friends and family for good. The production begins with Parker’s dead remains lying covered...

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85% #OUTOF100 – Review of Tequila Works’ Game ‘RiME’

Ever since its very first reveal in 2013 RiME was always a title that sat firmly in the ‘long awaited’ category due to its appeal. So after being one of the highlights at this years EGX Rezzed it is exciting to see that Tequila Works RiME has finally arrived. First things first, those expecting combat in game may want to know straight off the bat that this is strictly an exploratory adventure that leans heavily on the game experience (think more Journey than Zelda for instance). RiME takes the player on a mystical exploration of discovery, where puzzle solving...

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