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Rev Stan
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, london, photography, young adult fiction
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The play itself feels peripheral in plot and depth of characters; there's a lot of it and a lot of them and as a result it lacks substance and tension. Absolute Hell is a big play. It has a cast that when stood in a single line barely fits across... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
There is much to wrap the grey matter around, it has a really clever structure that keeps you on your toes Ella Hickson's new play The Writer is a powerful piece of meta-theatre, tackling gender bias in the arts head on but also opening up the debate about creativity vs... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Felicity Huxley-Miners talks about writing and acting in her new play In The Shadow of The Mountain, juggling the two roles and what her dream theatre production would be like (hint: it would have a big cast). Actor/Writer Felicity Huxley-Miners The new play (more details at the bottom) is a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Clever staging and some memorable moments but the play, like the robot at the centre of the story, lacks soul. What if you could build your own robot child and programme it, a chance to correct past mistakes and produce the perfect off-spring? This is the premise of Thomas Eccleshare’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Coconut bubbles with wit and laughs, it is illuminating, heart-warming and affecting. Rumi (Kuran Dohil) is a bit tipsy when she meets Simon (Jimmy Carter). She's drowning her sorrows having had a disastrous night Halal Speed Dating, more of which we learn of later in the play. Kuran Dohil in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
While there are some excellent individual scenes as a whole Reared just doesn't quite gel. I found myself wanting it to delve further. There is a moment in Reared which reminded me of Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman when Aunt Maggie Far Away is having one of her lucid moments and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hi Neil, really glad you found the round up useful.
There is a defined and painful tragedy in how a moment of lost control can have fundamental consequences but what haunted me most was that for some of the characters their school days were as good as it was ever going to get. A piece of classical music is playing.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Image is in many ways an entertaining show but it is also a show that feels more about grace than gasps and I missed those nerve-jangling, pulse-raising moments you normally get with acrobatics. Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine. Photograph by Ollie Millington Pirates of the Carabina are more than acrobats they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Writer Guleraana Mir talks about her new play Coconut, in which she wants to show that there is far more to British Asian women than is commonly portrayed. Guleraana Mir What is Coconut about and what inspired you to write it? The term Coconut refers to someone who is brown... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Theatre news highlights from March * Mark Bonnar and Jane Horrocks have been cast in Instructions for Correct Assembly at the Royal Court which opens for preview on April 7. * Samuel West joins the previously announced Romola Garai in Ella Hickson's The Writer, Almeida, which opens for preview on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
So jealous you spotted Patsy. I have seen her in the audience at a play once and yes I had to restrain myself from going up to her and gushing.
Exeunt magazine (@theatremagazine) asked its reviewers what their (irrational) dislikes at the theatre were and compiled them into this great list. There are many I agree with (ovations, actors on stage as the audience arrive, real food...) but I have my own addition: Snotty noses. Well, not so much snotty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
When an actor holds your hand or leads you into the performance space it is the encounter that is foremost in your mind and what is going on around you rather than the nuances of character, play and plot. REVIEW: It's a cold, wet, Easter Friday and I'm in a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Image is at times an uncomfortable watch, it's also an angry watch as adults flounder and fail. The showbiz world is littered with examples of child actors who've gone off the rails and here Paperback Theatre examines the relationship between twelve-year-old Annie (Tara Groves), her parents and those she works... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It is a thrill ride of a play...It is also a play that leaves you emotionally battered and bruised. Japanese teenager Hanako (Kirsty Rider) disappears from her local beach one stormy night but her sister Reiko (Kae Alexander) won't accept that she's been murdered or swept away by the sea... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
"..slow to get going but while a friendship between the two mean seems inevitable from the outset it is the depth of that friendship and subsequent threat to it that holds the play's power." Samuel Barnett's Molina is recalling the plot line of one of his favourite romantic thriller films,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Hi Neil, found myself re-reading my Against review and your comment and wanted to ask if you enjoyed Julius Caesar?
JMK Trust 2017 award winner Josh Roche (My Name is Rachel Corrie) is directing Kenneth Emson's new play Plastic at the Old Red Lion, here he talks about working on the play, 'entertaining' theatre and who he'd really like to work with. Tell us a bit about Plastic and what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Considering this is a scratch performance it is only the scripts in hand that really give it away as a work in progress. The costumes, props and set seem pretty fleshed out, only the physical necessity of holding the script slightly holding up the flow. It is a colourful, vibrant... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Lipstick: A Modern Fairytale of Iran is part of a series ‘Beyond Borders’ at the Omnibus in Clapham, tell us a bit about the season and its focus. Beyond Borders is a series of conversations and provocations around current trends towards the hardening of National and cultural borders.

 When I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
If you want to learn a little of what it was like being a suffragette in a more experiential way then this is fun and informative hour I'm walking down Jermyn Street trying to look casual while being vigilant. I've got a package to post in my bag and if... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
There is far more to this subject than is, or can, be explored in an 80 minute play and as a result it feels like the brush strokes are too broad. Social housing or rather the rise and fall of the post-war council estates comes under the spotlight in a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
You don't walk away feeling any sense of tragedy merely that you've watched a bunch of unsavoury characters killing each other. The first time we see Macbeth (Rory Kinnear) in Rufus Norris' production at the National Theatre, he is committing a brutal act of violence on an enemy. It sets... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Summer and Smoke is tender and delicate and yet simultaneously as emotionally intense as the heat of the season during which it is set. Tennessee William's Summer and Smoke is a coming of age story, a self-discovery story and a heart-breaking love story. Set in a small, gossipy, Mississippi town... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog