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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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98% #OutOf100 What’s in a name? #Hashtag Lightie opens up conversations about race in the UK

After a successful run earlier this year, #Hashtag Lightie, the third play by writer/director Lynette Linton, is back for a second run for a short time at the Arcola Theatre. The play explores several issues that surround the mixed-race experience in the UK, in particular, the relationship with the word ‘lightie’ both within and outside the Black community. You may have heard it, used it, or even have been called it; the term ‘lightie’ is one that is loaded with several meanings. And attaching it to a hashtag brings with it a particular nuance that does not go unchecked...

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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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95% Out of 100: Clarke Peters’ Revival “Five Guys Named Moe” A Glorious Tribute To Jump Blues Pioneer Louis Jordan

Five Guys Named Moe is the revival of a full-bellied tribute to ‘King of The Jukeboxes’ Louis Jordan (1908-75) and his Jump Blues (or jump jivin’) legacy. It merges a book by stage and screen legend and TBB Treasure Clarke Peters [1] and Jordan’s greatest hits, covering everything from Hot Jazz through to  Boogie Woogie Blues. And it is a must-see! With drum & base legend Goldie’s recent video [2] claiming music as an escape to shut out the noise and be transported to a better place of endless possibilities, it should be acknowledged that no-one knows this better than...

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80% #OutOf100: Shelia Atim and Arinzé Kene Showcase Impressive Musical Talent In “Girl From The North Country,” Old Vic Theatre

Conor McPherson’s Latest Melo(dic)drama Is Built Around 20 Songs By Bob Dylan Take the back catalogue of a 20th century counter-culture musical icon, add an award-winning playwright and you don’t necessarily get your run-of-the-mill juke box musical. Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus explains in the programme foreword, that Girl from The North Country isn’t really a musical, but a singing-and-speaking collaboration across time. He wants to call it a melodrama, with ‘melo’ meaning melody or music, which is a recognised secondary meaning of the word. However, he concedes that its modern primary use, describing sensational drama with exaggerated...

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