This production of The Bogus Woman was first seen at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake, and audiences around the country have now had the opportunity to see the show as part of the theatre’s recent foray into touring their works. Kay Adshead’s one-woman show is set in the mid-1990s, and was first performed 15 years ago, but it is all too relevant now as the migrant ‘crisis’ in Europe continues to dominate the headlines.
Krissi Bohn stars as the unnamed woman fleeing her country after the slaughter of her family, only to be greeted by callous treatment, accusations of lying and a wall of red tape. Alongside the central character, Bohn plays over 50 other roles as the people she meets along the way: guards at the detention centre, fellow refugees, friendly neighbours, not-so-friendly nurses – and many more. It’s an incredible feat of acting as Bohn shifts from character to character with absolute ease. Read More »
And Then There Were None is one of Agatha Christie’s most popular and widely-read crime novels, and one of her most difficult conundrums to crack. It has been adapted for film, TV, radio and stage more than any other of her novels and, in its tenth anniversary year, the Agatha Christie Theatre Company revives the author’s own theatrical adaptation – with an alternate ending – in a new UK tour.
For those that don’t know, the plot centres on a group of ten people, none of whom know each other, who are lured to an island under the pretence of a weekend party, only to find themselves accused of past crimes and killed off one by one by their mysterious and unseen host. Paranoia ensues as it appears no-one will survive…
Grab your flares and your disco balls, because Saturday Night Fever is back in the UK six years after it last toured the country. This new production aims to maximise both the grit and joy of the musical, as well as show off its versatile cast to the max. By and large it succeeds in giving us an all-round entertaining night of theatre.
The introduction of actor-musicians is bold and impressive, and the multi-talented cast help to create energy on stage and make the transitions between dialogue and musical numbers more seamless. Read More »
Sometimes, as an actress, the main love interest isn’t the most appealing character to play. If I were a musical theatre actress (ha!) surely it’d be much more fun to be Éponine than Cosette, Ado Annie than Laurey…. and so it follows in Anything Goes, where the part of nightclub singer Reno Sweeney easily trumps that of débutante Hope Harcourt in levels of fun, charisma and glamour.
Debbie Kurup is fantastic in the role, oozing a fabulous mixture of vintage glamour and goofiness that makes Reno so likeable. Sassy is most definitely the word. Her vocals are faultless, and her dancing always embellished with heaps of personality that make her the most watchable person on stage.Read More »
New Adventures dance company, together with Re:Bourne, stopped off at Sadler’s Wells this week for the London leg of their revolutionary tour: their dance adaptation of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, performed by a mixture of professional performers from the company and boys aged 10-23 with differing levels of dance experience – some with none at all.
In Scott Ambler and Matthew Bourne’s take on the story, the action moves from a desert island to an abandoned theatre; the boys raid the confectionery stand for food, Piggy and Ralph hide amongst the costume racks for refuge, and the symbolic conch becomes a timpani stick. This does make the plot a little harder to follow if you’re not familiar with it, as the creative team have gone for broad brush strokes rather than detailed specifics. Subsequently much of the symbolism and nuance of Golding’s writing is lost, and the elements of the plot feel rather fragmented, but the piece is rendered with a boldness and spirit that is impressive.Read More »