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Rev Stan
It's all about theatre and films with me
Interests: theatre, films, london, photography, young adult fiction
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Rotterdam - Alice McCarthy, Anna Martine Freeman and Ed Eales-White, photo by Hunter Canning There is a scene in Jon Brittain's Rotterdam when Fiona (Anna Martine Freeman) is on the telephone to her parents. It is New Year's Eve and she is telling them she thinks she's a man. You... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Timely that these production photos for Gloria at Hampstead Theatre have arrived as I'm seeing this tonight. Stupidly excited to see Colin on stage again (it's 10 years since I first saw him in Vernon God Little) and in this play by the brilliant Branden Jacob-Jenkins. Gloria is at the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Oh dear that isn't good. Sounds like not much has improved.
Kiss Me: Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Claire Lams - Photo by Robert Day It is 1929 and women out number men, the result of the First World War and Spanish influenza. Where are the men for a lorry driving, war widow like Stephanie (Claire Lams), perceived as past her prime at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Enchanted The Bunker - Courtesy of Dina T There is no doubt that Arden (Corey Montague-Sholay) and York (Hunter Bishop) have killed. This isn't a miscarriage of justice death row drama or a did they or didn't they, this is story of two murderers waiting for execution and how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Big Colin Morgan fan (saw him make his stage debut in 2007) and having seen Branden Jacob-Jenkins' play An Octoroon recently I'm stupidly excited about this. Gloria is at the Hampstead Theatre from 15 June to 22 July. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Harry Melling and Jasmine Hyde in Jam, Finborough Theatre, photo Mathew Foster The synopsis of this debut full length play by Matt Parvin reminded me a teeny bit of Blackbird - a confrontation between two adults about an incident that happened when one of them was still a child. In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Thanks, a few people said the same thing so I ended up writing something. I very occasionally let a review go, if I get too far behind and I try not to beat myself up about it. It's a hobby not a job after all. I'm a little bit curious to see it again but it would depend on two things a) ticket price as we actually paid full whack for this one because we couldn't get £15 tickets and b) running time, really wouldn't want to sit through nearly 3 hours if there is a chance it's not improved much. I've made that mistake before and life is too short.
Thanks for commenting Neil. I've put my thoughts down and I'd be keen to know whether it is working better when you see it on Wednesday. You are right 3 hours is very long for a new play although there are a few exceptions to that - The Ferryman, for example.
OK so given my dilemma, which I wrote about this morning, and the response I've had, I decided to put some thoughts down about Common at the National Theatre. If you haven't read my previous post I'll preface all this by saying it was third preview I saw and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I don't think I've been in this situation before. I saw the third preview performance of Common, a new play, at the National Theatre on Thursday and despite great performances and production it still wasn't good. There were clusters of empty seats after the interval and it had been similar... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
* Stan fav Colin Morgan has been cast with Game of Thrones’ Ellie Kendrick in Gloria at Hampstead Theatre which just happens to be my newest favourite playwright. So lots of excitement for that. Gloria will also be a 10 year theatre anniversary for me and Colin. I first saw... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The first thing I have to say is 'thanks' to @mildlybitter. I'd not heard of An Octoroon or Branden Jacob-Jenkins but she recommended his play which is having its European premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond and I'm so glad she did. Jacob-Jenkins has taken Dion Boucicault's 1850s... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Old Vic website recommends 16+ for very strong language, nudity and sexual content. There is a lot less left to the imagination with the men than the women. Hope that helps.
I've not read Karen Blixen's short story from which this play has been adapted by Glyn Maxwell, neither have I seen the 1987 Danish film version so I can't answer the question I was asked 'did it do it justice?'. What I saw certainly had a feast befitting the title... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Chummy, White Bear. Photo: Headshot Toby A man in black jeans, black scarf and black hood stalks the darker edges and corners of the stage with just the briefest glimpses of his face. This is Chummy (Calum Speed) a soon to be murderer who calls ex police detective Jackie Straker... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I'm curious, did you love it or hate it?
Pop Up Opera: Il Matrimonio Segreto Miller revival After a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre, Phil Willmott’s new production of Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy transfers to the King’s Head Theatre. In this forgotten masterpiece about Jewish registration in Nazi-occupied France, Miller’s play seems closer than ever... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Abraham Popoola Othello Ghazwan Alsafadi Montano and Christopher Bianchi Duke of Venice Gratiano. Photo: The Other Richard Othello (Abraham Popoola) and Desdemona (Norah Lopez Holden) are getting married in secret. It’s a Muslim ceremony and Desdemona has learned the Arabic vows. Once the ceremony is over Othello swaps his Muslim... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I'm going to preface this piece by pointing out that I saw a preview performance and given the nature of the production there may be an element of tightening up. Of course in prefacing this way I'm hinting that I had problems and I did, some may be resolved before... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Jez Butterworth's last play, The River, I described as the 'difficult second album' after the stellar success of Jerusalem - obviously it wasn't his second play but you know what I was getting at. I also, with an inadvertent sense of premonition described it as 'palate cleanser before the next... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Phina Oruche is telling us about the flat she lived in on the Aylesbury Estate in South London that, years after she left, was used to portray a drugs den in a BBC drama. At the time she was working as a model, leaving her less than glamourous home for... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The Magic Flute, King's Head Theatre Generation rent - When four friends decide to save money for a deposit by living in a one bedroom flat together for a year which will they sacrifice first – the friendship, the relationship or the dream of buying their own property? Deposit by... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I finished my review of Keith Stevenson's Out There On Fried Meat Ridge Rd when it was on in January, at the White Bear, by saying I hoped it got a transfer so more people could see it. Hey presto, here it is at Trafalgar Studios 2 for another run,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Jam, Finborough Theatre * Incoming from Broadway is new play Oslo about the Oslo Peace accords which will have a short run at the National Theatre in September before transferring into the West End * Bertie Carvel is back at the Almeida, this time he's been cast with Richard Coyle... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Rev Stan's theatre blog