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Rev Stan
London
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, london, photography, young adult fiction
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It was an uncomfortable, seat-squirming, horrifying joy to sit and experience this piece of theatre. Anna Deavere Smith's Notes From The Field at the Royal Court is an important play and one that makes a lot of theatre feel inconsequential. It is a powerful, affecting piece devised and performed by... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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RSC's Imperium: Dictator. Photo by Ikin Yum Following a sold-out run in Stratford Upon Avon, the RSC's historical two-part thriller Imperium has its official opening at the Gielgud next week and guess who will be there? Adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton (Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies) from... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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My reaction to Machinal at the Almeida Theatre made me want to drag myself off to the naughty step to think about what I'd done - or rather what I hadn't done. And what I hadn't done is respond to a play with strong feminist themes with empathy or anger... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Yeh I think I agree about Adam Gillen and I'm puzzled as to why it was decided to play Chris that way. You've made me really curious to see Utility now.
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I liked it for its challenges but it isn't without its problems. Tracy Letts' play Killer Joe, for those unfamiliar, is gritty, to put it mildly, but having seen the film adaptation I was at least prepared for that. And while it is refreshing to see something a bit more... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The Bunker Breaking Out festival is on which means the chance to see a selection of new work from up and theatre companies. Saw a double bill last night of Libby's Eyes by Poke In the Eye Productions and Alex Woods' Nine Foot Nine. What were they like? LIBBY'S EYES... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The Stage reports on comments made by Mark Rylance at a conference in which he laid the blame for noisy audiences on the actors: But is he right? Yes, there might be occasions when the performances aren't engaging enough but to solely blame actors would absolve playwrights, dramaturgs and directors... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Preparations are underway for the West End transfer of the Young Vic's The Jungle directed by Stephen Daldry. The Playhouse Theatre, where the play opens for preview on June 16, is being transformed in order to accommodate Miriam Buether's original set design from the Young Vic and the Dress Circle... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Lucy's is a startling story full of humour, horror and sadness but told with subtlety where much is hinted at as well as laid bare. There was a lone attempt to applaud Laura Linney's stage entrance for her West End debut in My Name Is Lucy Barton indicating, perhaps, that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The big test for this production is in how you feel about Julie at the end Polly Stenham's modern version of Strindberg's Miss Julie sees the titular character (played by Vanessa Kirby) as a coke snorting, rich bitch and Jean (Eric Kofi Abrefa) as her father's ambitious chauffeur. Opening to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Such a naive giddiness of emotion is ripe for tragedy Colin Morgan's Owen is one of those airily bright and bubbly people who you suspect gets on with everyone. He returns from the city to the small farming community where he grew up; he's earning good money as a translator... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Theatre stuff that caught my eye * Director Jamie Lloyd is back with more Pinter (at the Pinter). It's a season of the one-act plays with a cast including Tamsin Greig, Danny Dyer, Jane Horrocks and Martin Freeman and will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 6 September through... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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A street-edged show of dazzling and nerve-jangling acrobatics which captures a joyful, c'est la vie camaraderie while entertaining with the most jaw-dropping feats. The Circolombia troupe of 13 singers and acrobats chorus: 'A deep breath as I walk, as I fly and as I fall' and it is an appropriate... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Laughter from the early scenes turns to exasperation and then gasps as the behaviour becomes more extreme - and desperate. Ellie (Felicity Huxley-Miners) and Rob's (David Shears) relationship starts on a train platform in dramatic circumstances. In The Shadow of the Mountain: Felicity Huxley-Miners and David Shears One is depressed,... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It is a show that rolls along with laughs but leaves you with a warm fuzzy glow and a feeling that everything will be OK. Australian Sarah Kendall (Writers' Guild Best Radio Comedy 2018) is a storyteller, a philosopher and very funny. Or to put it another way, she made... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Just like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Quiz is a skilfully crafted piece of entertainment, the difference is that the questions it asks don't have simple multiple choice answers. James Graham is proving to be one of the best contemporary writers of plays based on modern political history -... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It's a sexy show but good clean fun with a big dose of playfulness to much of what is performed Try writing a review of comedy/acrobatic/opera show SOAP at Underbelly without using double entendres. I mean there are bathtubs, water, men in pants and pink balls for goodness sake. Themed... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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...loaded with wit and humour, sharp observation and understanding. 213 Things About Me started life as an art installation at Edinburgh Fringe and has evolved into a 60-minute monologue performed by Rosa Hoskins. It is based on the life of Rose, a friend of the play's writer and director Richard... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It is a playful play with laugh out loud moments but in a blink, it is full of pathos and tragedy The Inheritance at the Young Vic is this year's Angels in America - a two-parter set in New York about a group of gay men. I really enjoyed Angels... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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* I'm excited and nervous about the forthcoming stage adaptation of Patrick Ness’s novel A Monster Calls (the book is a favourite) but I couldn’t think of a better actor than Matthew Tennyson to take on the lead Conor. The production will have a run at the Bristol Old Vic... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It was a delight to be part of such an engaged audience and one which is more reflective of London's diversity. And it doesn't happen anywhere near as much as it should do. I saw Absolute Hell and Nine Night on consecutive nights and seeing the latter served to highlight... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Writer and filmmaker Richard Butchins talks about his play 213 Things About Me at the Battersea Arts Centre which was inspired by Rose, his long-time friend, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in her 30s. Rose committed suicide the same year she was diagnosed. “We were having a conversation on... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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As a gentle and fun introduction to Shakespeare for kids it is excellent There is nothing more infectious than a theatre full of kids giggling at the name 'Nick Bottom' and I'm sure Shakespeare would have approved. Infinite Jest Theatre Company - which specialises in family-friendly Shakespeare - has condensed... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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You want the best seats for your money, right? But what are the pros and cons of seat review sites? There are two main sites that cover London theatre: SeatPlan.com and TheatreMonkey.com. SeatPlan What is it? The site invites punters to upload reviews of seats and also pictures of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Once you tune your ear to the style of the narrative and the pace of delivery Mood Music rocks. There have been many disputes between musicians over the years - Rolling Stone has a top 12 - and former music journalists Joe Penhall takes this as the theme for his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at Rev Stan's theatre blog