Walking into the Heron theatre of Hull Truck on Tuesday evening, I was gobsmacked by the amazing stage setting for that night’s production of Two.
Usually surrounded by seating on three sides, the stage had been transformed into a round.
A Monster Calls is adapted from the award-winning teen novel by Patrick Ness which was originally inspired from an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd. Originally made into a film and now a stage show, A Monster Calls is a modern day fairytale and tells the poignant story of the 13-year-old Connor. Connor is bullied at school and is struggling with the effects of living with his terminally ill mother as life obliviously carries on around him.
Discussing the tension hinted at within the ambiguous title, A Little Space is a physical theatre performance which addresses both the comfort found at home in one’s own space and the terrifying sense of isolation so often encountered in modern high-rise housing.
Lisa is not happy. In fact, Lisa is criminally unhappy.
Following a series of patriarchal and discriminatory events, Lisa finds herself unable to “take a joke” any longer and reacts with uncharacteristic violence. Set in a near-future society in which the Feminist “pendulum has swung too far”, being banished to Smile Club is the result of Lisa’s misdemeanour, and the subsequent attempts to ‘rehabilitate’ her.
As the excitement mounted in a packed Hull New Theatre on Wednesday night, for the musical, Mamma Mia!, a voice boomed out from backstage with a dire warning for those of us with a “nervous disposition”.
We live in really uncertain times so it is fitting that Rufus Norris has delivered a suitably dark version of this classic musical confronting head on the politics of hate that swirl round Berlin's decadent Kit Kat Club.
OMG! What I witnessed on Wednesday night at the Hull New Theatre has almost left me speechless.
How does one describe perfection?
Saddle up for this imaginative and Python-esque retelling of Alexandre Dumas’s classic story at the York Theatre Royal. Performed by Exeter-based physical comedy theatre company Le Navet Bete, and directed by John Nicholson, this is an engaging and hilarious production that will make you fall in love with d’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis all over again.
In these crazy times it doesn’t feel at all odd to be sat in a theatre belting out the Carpenters’ Close To You karaoke style as a potty mouthed, insane dictator ruins people’s lives. In fact, this singalong satire feels at times painfully too close to our own lives.
‘This story happened. It did happen.’
Those are the words of world-renowned teacher Dr Janusz Korchaz introducing his life in the hellish Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 where he runs an orphanage for 200 starving Jewish children herded in there by the Nazis.
Most theatre companies fear things going wrong but not imitating the dog who actually welcome the potential for chaos as they reimagine and remix classic works onstage.
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