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Rev Stan
London
One of those 'theatre darlings' apparently.
Interests: theatre, films, London, young adult fiction
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It is a superb play and one that can be cogitated over and debated but which in a perverse, bloody way is also highly entertaining. Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court has long finished its run but it's such an extraordinary play that I wanted to get some thoughts down... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Sounds Like Chaos is a youth theatre group co-founded by Roisin Feeny and Gemma Rowan and their latest piece, Wow Everything Is Amazing, imagines the digital world in 50 years time. Roisin Feeny I spoke to Roisin about the inspiration behind the piece, the use of multi-media and whether theatres... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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While the raps, music and dance bring a celebratory, uplifting feel there are hints at the price of it all. Sounds Like Chaos - Wow Everything Is Amazing. Photo: Ali Wright Youth theatre group Sounds Like Chaos imagine the digital world 50 years in the future, presenting the vision as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Flicked on social media this morning to cast my eye over the winners of the Oliver Awards and particular chuffed to see two names on the list. First up was Flesh and Bone which won Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (basically best fringe production). I gave it five stars... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Murphy's performance is a triumph, pitching with precision from one emotional extreme to another. Cillian Murphy and writer Enda Walsh's collaborations on stage tend to lean towards the surreal and avant-garde and Grief Is The Thing With Features is no exception. Based on the award-winning novel by Max Porter, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Trailers for plays are generally a bit rubbish, aren't they? Film trailers give too much away and play trailers often tell you virtually nothing. This trailer for the National Theatre Live screening of All My Sons at the Old Vic feels like a small step in the right direction -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Is it part of the irony within Joshua Harmon's Admissions that a play about white privilege and the hypocrisy of white liberals has only white characters? Set in New England, the play centres on a middle-class family. Mother Sherri (Alex Kingston) is head of admissions at a posh private school... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Cry Havoc is refreshing take on the immigration story but this is not quite matched by other elements of the play. Cry Havoc, Park Theatre - James El-Sharawy and Marc Antolin. Photo by Lidia Crisafulli Tom Coash's play is inspired by his time living in Egypt and learning of how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Music and a final dance metaphorically lifts Emilia and her message onto shoulders and had the audience leaping up for a standing ovation. Clare Perkins (Emilia 3) Saffron Coomber (Emilia 1) and Adelle Leonce (3) in Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre. Photo credit: Helen Murray. I've read reviews of Morgan... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Kenny's writing is a window into a world of a 10-year-old where life is a series of fine balancing acts. Christina Ngoyi in Random Selfies, Ovalhouse. Photo: The Other Richard Random Selfies by award-winning writer Mike Kenny (The Railway Children) is the story of child loneliness in a busy world.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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My White Best Friend (And Other Letters Left Unsaid) is clever, fresh, provocative and important theatre. My White Best Friend - Inès de Clercq. Photo: The Bunker There is a clubby feel to the Bunker Theatre. A DJ in the corner, people standing in groups talking, drinking, laughing - there... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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It is a play that challenges your thinking and reactions. When I went to see Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park at the Royal Court I wrote: "Norris' skill at handling such a delicate and inflammatory subject in a way that makes you laugh but equally question yourself is quite genius." And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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I think that some of the people running theatres need to really ask who they’re making work for, and why, and what kinds of work they value. Following a 5 star run at the Traverse Theatre, Fringe First winner Kieran Hurley brings Mouthpiece to Soho Theatre next month. Here he... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Head over to the Tabernacle Theatre on Saturday, March 30 for a very special performance. Family Mis-Fortunes has been devised and is performed by adults with learning difficulties and proceeds from ticket sales and a raffle go to Pursuing Independent Paths. PIP is a charity that supports adults with learning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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You need the laughs because it reminds you to breathe. Tom Hiddleston is sitting at the back of the stage, leaning against the wall one leg straight, the other bent with an arm resting on the knee. It's casual in that model photo way. There is nothing in his posture... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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There's a lot we don't know about death and a lot we don't know about the characters in Kathryn Gardner's play Dead End. Things like why gravedigger Sue (Kathryn Gardner) keeps hiding the tools of the bumbling, church groundsman (Paul Collin-Thomas) and what happened to her friend Carol (Chloe Wigmore)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Chuffed to find out that I've made it into Vuelio's top 10 UK theatre blogs once again. I'm in such esteemed company it is embarrassing. You can find out here how Vuelio ranks blogs but one of the measurements is engagement and that means you wonderful people who read, comment... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Anderson just oozes sexiness, carrying a confidence and slight aloofness that both draws people to her and pushes them away Ivo van Hove's production and stage adaptation of the film All About Eve is trademark van Hove and that is a good and bad thing. The play tells the story... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Mixing the more colourful and camp with the harsh realities of inequality and creative restaint for the Iranian women is a powerful storytelling device. Nathan Kiley in Lipstick A Fairy Tale of Iran. Photo: Flavia Fraser-Cannon A catwalk divides the seats at the Omnibus Theatre on which drag queen in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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The signs are glaring, a figurative and literal Chekhov's gun, it's a car crash in slow motion and you can't look away. There is a heartbreaking inevitability to Florian Zeller's play The Son which is currently on at the Kiln Theatre. Nicolas (Laurie Kynaston), a once bubbly teenager has become... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train is gripping from start to finish, laced with black humour and a play that will have you questioning your reactions and beliefs. At the interval, I turned to Poly and said: 'This isn't going to have a happy ending is it?'. How Jesus Hopped The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
Arthur Miller's Depression-era drama The American Clock isn't revived very often - is it unfairly overlooked? There is a sort of central narrative following the once wealthy Baum family, who lose everything in the Great Depression and are forced to give up their Manhatten apartment and move in with relatives... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Despite committed performances by Blanchett and Dillane, there is something cold and mechanical to what is going on. Cate Blanchett is clever casting for Martin Crimp's new play When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other at the National Theatre because without her I very much doubt it would have sold... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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Anouilh's humour doesn't ignite as well as it probably should but The Orchestra is otherwise an interesting snapshot of a period of social history that is often overlooked. Stefania Licari (Suzanne Delicias). Photo: Jacob Malinski Set just after WWII, Jean Anouilh's black comedy The Orchestra is set in a French... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog
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She may be in a distinctly chilly New York but that didn't stop @polyg spotting the announcement that one of my favourite actors, Clive Owen, is taking to the West End stage in the Summer. His last stage outing pre-dates my obsession with theatre but I've been a huge fan... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at Rev Stan's theatre blog