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Rev Stan
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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Actress and writer Tuyen Do's first full length play Summer Rolls brings a story about a British Vietnamese family to a UK stage for the first time. Anna Nguyen - Summer Rolls, Park Theatre. Photo: Danté Kim Mother (Linh-Dan Pham) believes hard work and drive will result in success. She... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Tuyen Do is no stranger to the London stage having appeared most recently in The Great Wave at the National Theatre and Pah-Na at the Royal Court but next week she'll be sitting in the audience watching her first full length play Summer Rolls performed at the Park Theatre. I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
You have to understand that I've been a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal's since seeing the film Donnie Darko 18 years ago. He has appeared on stage in London before but that was back in my non-theatre going days. Hard to believe but they did exist. I've waited a long time... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It is the women that come to the fore and feel like the more interesting and sympathetic characters. Rakie Ayola as Vivian in 'Strange Fruit', Bush Theatre. Photo: Helen Murray. Caryl Phillips' play Strange Fruit focuses on cultural identity in 1980s Britain. Vivian (Rakie Ayola) left the Caribbean with her... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
The eccentric inventiveness of what Little Bulb has done is thoroughly entertaining. Little Bulb Theatre: The Future, Battersea Arts Centre 2019. Photo: Adam Trigg I loved Little Bulb Theatre's last production Orpheus so much I saw it twice, so I was really excited to see their new work The Future.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Apphia Campbell gives a powerful and engaging performance and the play's message... is firmly nailed to the mast. Apphia Campbell, Woke. Photo Mihaela Bodlovic Woke is an appropriate title for Apphia Campbell's play about what makes an activist and the battle for civil rights and. She weaves together two stories,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It is a production that ends with an immersive dance and leaves the audience in a party mood but what I liked most was how it steered the narrative away from male dominance. Don't leave it to the last minute to get into the auditorium for the Bridge Theatre immersive,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Riotous in tone, occasionally chaotic but with an inventive playfulness Education, Education, Education successfully captures the optimism of the time but it isn't just nostalgia. The Wardrobe Ensemble's Education, Education, Education, Trafalgar Studios. Photo: James Bullimore It's 1997 the day after the General Election. Tony Blair has just swept Labour... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
It is wonderful. Makes you feel really alive if that makes sense. One of the two ballets I've seen was a Matthew Bourne's Cinderella which I really enjoyed - so inventive. If his Swan Lake comes around again I'll give it a go.
It's a mercurial piece of so many breathtaking contrasts - fluid, floaty, tender, strong, angular and jovial. Their leaps, holds and shapes reflect and foster the individual while celebrating the strength, power and support of the collective. BalletBoyz: Them/Us (Them). Photo by George Piper Full disclosure: I don't know anything... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
There is much to be gleaned from the subtlety of the play but it requires work and attention to seek it out. Cary Crankson, Country Music Omnibus Theatre Country Music opens with two teenagers 18-year-old Jamie (Cary Crankson) and 15-year-old Lynsey (Rebecca Stone) sitting in a car talking about a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
His voice has that soporific tone and pace that bring back shuddering memories of classrooms where time stands still except that writer Kenneth Lonergan has gifted Mark with a dry humour delivered by Broderick in such a deliciously understated way you can't but admire his comic timing. Matthew Broderick (Mark)... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I feel for you having to seat latecomers when the policy is outside your control. And I'm glad it's not just me that hates ice-cubes rattling. I don't mind people drinking but no ice cubes. Snacks and drinks are an extra source of income for theatres over here, I don't know whether it helps keep the ticket prices down a bit as by comparison ours are so much cheaper than Broadway.
I do have a low tolerance to people being late - if everyone else can get there in time...but have to remember that sometimes circumstances are beyond people's control.
Front row - that's bad although at least at the Barbican people don't have to stand up. Still anything that pulls the audience out of the moment or atmosphere of the play really gets my goat.
What's the difference between a no-readmittance policy and letting in latecomers? Photo by Paul Green on Unsplash It's not a joke waiting for a punchline, rather it's something I've been puzzling over ever since I had my view and enjoyment of a play disturbed not once but twice by latecomers.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
This is a taut thriller and an interesting and different play watching experience. At the curtain call of Anna, the cast hold up a series of cards which spell out 'No Spoilers' so I'm going to attempt to write my review without giving anything away. It's set in East Berlin... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
A blast from my theatre-going past landed in my inbox today: A production of Equus at the Trafalgar Studios this summer. Ethan Kai as Alan Strang in Equus. Photo: The Other Richard It's a transfer of English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East's production and the play holds a... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
I enjoyed the book, admired the TV adaptation but did the stage adaptation of Andrea Levy's Small Island at the National Theatre hit the mark? Small Island is an epic story both in scope and subject. The narrative straddles Jamaica and England before, during and after World War II, exploring... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Backstage there is camaraderie among the strippers and 'office' politics, personal dramas and worries just like any place of work. Joana Nastari F*ck You Pay Me The Bunker. Photo: David Monteith Hodge There's a DJ deck and DJ (Charlotte Bickley), faux fur walls and palm trees and three mini circular... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Class layers marital tensions with social class tensions and the pressures of being a teacher and learning. L-r Sarah Morris, Stephen Jones and Will O'Connell in 'CLASS'. Photo: Helen Murray Brian (Stephen Jones) and Donna (Sarah Morris) are separated but having to put on a united front for the sake... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
In the same way that the Marvel Universe mixes superpowers with mortal flaws, the scope of The Half God of Rainfall stretches to another galaxy but all the time remains profoundly human. Kwami Odoom and Rakie Ayola in Inua Ellams' The Half God of Rainfall. Photo: Dan Tsantilis Inua Ellams'... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Little Death Club is a cabaret of the late night variety, a kind of seductive circus of misfits and certainly not for the prudish. Bernie Dieter and the Band in Little Death Club at Underbelly Festival Southbank - Photo: Alistair Veryard Photography Introduced by the catsuit and feathers-wearing Bernie Dieter... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Fighter's message is punchy and it's an important story to be told. Libby Liburd and David Schaal in Fighter. Photo: (c) Alex Brenner Set in a boxing gym, Libby Liburd's play Fighter opens with girls and boys (from Fight for Peace's Newham Academy) training alongside each other. The year projected... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
"You'll get the drama of a fight night coupled with the laughter of a comedy night." Fighter (Stratford Circus Arts) is the story of a single mum who decides to take up boxing. Set in a boxing gym with cast that includes young boxers, I asked writer/performer Libby Liburd and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog