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RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE: Theatre Review: much ado about a lot in Elizabeth Freestone’s refreshingly funny contemporary take on Shakespeare’s famous battle of wits between the sexes with Beatrice and Benedick’s enjoyable verbal sparring

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE: Theatre Review: much ado about a lot in Elizabeth Freestone’s refreshingly funny contemporary take on Shakespeare’s famous battle of wits between the sexes with Beatrice and Benedick’s enjoyable verbal sparring

Much Ado About Nothing. Tobacco Factory, Bristol. Soldiers, snogging and songs mark Much Ado About Nothing as a youthful and vibrant show at the Factory Theatre in Bristol. A dramatic wartime opening sees Don Jon stripped of his rank and Claudio decorated for bravery helping to explain the motives behind Don Jon’s plan to wreck […]

By October 18, 2019 Read More →
CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE – REVIEW: Some children were so enthused they attempted to join the cast of The Time Seekers in the performance area (as the actors embrace the audience with open arms and bandages)

CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE – REVIEW: Some children were so enthused they attempted to join the cast of The Time Seekers in the performance area (as the actors embrace the audience with open arms and bandages)

The Time Seekers. Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol. Ages 3-8 Inventive, improvisational and educational. The Wardrobe Theatre Ensemble and the Wardrobe Theatre’s production of The Time Seekers is noisy, necessarily anarchic and chaotic but it is also a well-constructed show that embraces the audience with open arms and indeed bandages. Gammo (Helena Middleton), Betty (Jesse Meadows) and […]

By April 3, 2018 Read More →
RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – THEATRE REVIEW: Boyd’s pitch perfect production of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard without a cherry tree in sight (but is Owusu’s Lopakhin a prediction of a future Putin oligarch?)

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – THEATRE REVIEW: Boyd’s pitch perfect production of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard without a cherry tree in sight (but is Owusu’s Lopakhin a prediction of a future Putin oligarch?)

A drowned child, the ever turning world and not a cherry tree in sight. Michael Boyd’s production of Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard at the Bristol Old Vic is set on a minimalist turning circular stage but with a surprising mirror of the auditorium that features a full scale recreation of the seating and dress […]

By March 11, 2018 Read More →
CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE – REVIEW: Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales keeps a full house engrossed (but did the monkey over shadow Tiddler?)

CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE – REVIEW: Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales keeps a full house engrossed (but did the monkey over shadow Tiddler?)

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales. Bristol Old Vic. Age 3+ There was an atmosphere of babbling tiny voices (coupled with the calming tones of parents trying to dampen down a growing sense of excitement) as the audience awaited the arrival of the cast of Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales. The Bristol Old Vic’s main house was […]

By February 16, 2018 Read More →
CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE – REVIEW: Niall Ashdown as Ole Shuteye and the Emperor sparkles in Bristol Old Vic’s Little Match Girl with its messages of homelessness and rejection – but what a depressing ending

CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE – REVIEW: Niall Ashdown as Ole Shuteye and the Emperor sparkles in Bristol Old Vic’s Little Match Girl with its messages of homelessness and rejection – but what a depressing ending

The Little Match Girl and and other Happier Tales. The Old Vic, Bristol In the original Hans Christian Anderson story the Little Match Girl dies and goes to heaven. In Emma Rice’s dark retelling we just get the death and a lot of soul searching. Not the uplifting ending to a Christmas season family drama. […]

By January 6, 2018 Read More →
RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – THEATRE REVIEW: Back to the future in the soiree from hell with the new middle classes of England in 1977

RAPSCALLION MAGAZINE – THEATRE REVIEW: Back to the future in the soiree from hell with the new middle classes of England in 1977

Abigail’s Party. Alma Theatre, Bristol Set in the 1970s Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party is still a play about us. Fashions transform and house prices rise, but people don’t change that much. It is the reason why the tragic comedy about the soiree from hell that gripped the nation in 1977 continues to make us feel uncomfortable with […]

By January 4, 2018 Read More →
CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE – REVIEW: Travelling Light and the Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Ugly Duckling in Bristol is like a beautiful swan’s feather – perfectly constructed

CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE – REVIEW: Travelling Light and the Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Ugly Duckling in Bristol is like a beautiful swan’s feather – perfectly constructed

The Ugly Duckling. At The Tobacco Factory, Bristol Flowing from one scene to another the narrative structure of Sally Cookson’s The Ugly Duckling directed by Craig Edwards is like a discarded swan’s feather: sleek, smooth and beautifully constructed. Emily May Smith as Duckie bursts out of her shell into a world in which she doesn’t fit, save […]

By December 18, 2017 Read More →
CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE: REVIEW – Kylie Minogue to the rescue in Kid Carpet’s quest for snow

CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE: REVIEW – Kylie Minogue to the rescue in Kid Carpet’s quest for snow

Reviewed by Harry Mottram A Bristol Old Vic at Christmas production by Kid Carpet Playing at the Lantern Room in Colston Hall until 7th January 2018 For ages 3-7 More children’s entertainer than actor or pop star – not my opinion – that’s the thoughts apparently of the Intelligent Fridge in Kid Carpet’s Snow Glow. The show […]

By December 6, 2017 Read More →
CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE: REVIEW: A battle of wills as Isabella battles with the Beast over dinner every Tuesday at 8pm

CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE: REVIEW: A battle of wills as Isabella battles with the Beast over dinner every Tuesday at 8pm

An assertive and independent minded Beauty and a boorish but ultimately comedic Beast make this version of the French fairy tale into an enjoyable battle of wills. Alex Byrne’s production of the fairy tale with its roots in ancient European folk mythology takes much of its plot from the early versions of the story by […]

By December 6, 2017 Read More →
CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE: PREVIEW: A travelling troupe of Edwardian actors present the Bristol Old Vic’s The Little Match Girl this Christmas

CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE: PREVIEW: A travelling troupe of Edwardian actors present the Bristol Old Vic’s The Little Match Girl this Christmas

The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina and the Emperor’s New Clothes and presented through the framing device of an Edwardian travelling troupe of actors. Puppetry and the Little Match Girl herself bring the stories of Hans Christian Anderson to life in the Bristol Old Vic’s Christmas family production directed by Emma Rice. It’s a cop-production […]

By December 5, 2017 Read More →
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