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...Read More
Category: Stage Reviews
Boyega handles himself incredibly well, given that Thorne has taken a play already ahead of its time and has replaced the space the playwright gave the audience to ‘fill in the blanks’ with a great deal more psychological pressure. Büchner’s original is considered an expressionist masterpiece, but Thorne’s interpretation is drastically revised and overlaid with excessive developments and too little transition.Read More
Short Plays “The Subject” by Brian Eley And “Do You Pray” By Yasmin Joseph Impress at Theatre 503’s Rapid Write Response Night!
Theatre 503 ‘s much-loved Rapid Write Response programme staged its latest instalment on May 21st-22nd. It is open to writers of all levels of experience, who attend a full-run show in its first week and write a 10-minute play inspired by the production they saw. With no limitations, they have a week to write, the 503 team select between 6 and 8 scripts which are staged at Theatre503 two weeks later. This time Cordelia O’Neill’s second play No Place for a Woman was the inspiration – a play which centres on the survival of two very different women fighting against the same...Read More
I love food, I love to eat and I loved Sheila Atim in Les Blancs so this production promised to be a feast of delights for me; and it was. I thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation by Glyn Maxwell and directed by Bill Buckhurst. I hadn’t seen this classic before, either on stage or in film but I will look for the award winning film now. Babette’s Feast written by Karen Blixen takes us on a journey with Babette as she arrives in a remote Norwegian fishing community where life is simple, austere and pious, as a refugee from Paris....Read More
We live in a society where there is pressure to look good always, whilst defending the idea that to look good, doesn’t mean women should be objectified or have to fight off unwanted advances in public places with the fear of getting hurt. Yet, we’ve all been there… nights out, wanting to refresh our make-up so head to the toilets with our girls in tow. Whilst in there, we get asked whether we want a spritz of perfume, a lollipop or anything else by the toilet attendant. We notice she’s there, but we never question why or how? Adura...Read More