Category Archives: Theatre

Punchdrunk – The Drowned Man

A Punchdrunk aficionado must… wander, explore, investigate, absorb, read, be subsumed, watch, follow, snoop. Construct your own narrative. There is a short, general outline of a story handed to you as you enter the sensorially deprived world of The Drowning Man, along with your mask which you are to wear at all times – and talk to no one. It tells of two couples – a man having an affair without his partner knowing, and woman doing the same to her partner and both ending with a death. And from there on you’re pretty much on your own… doing all of the above. Continue reading Punchdrunk – The Drowned Man

Creative Cow’s The Rivals – 5 star reviews

The RivalsI went to see Creative Cow’s production of Sheridan’s The Rivals at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield and loved it as did the rest of the audience. My parents went to see it at Buxton Opera House, where it received a standing ovation. Every review I’ve seen of it has been extremely favourable and so I’m linking to a few of them here. I would encourage you to take a look at Creative Cow’s web site and book your self a seat for one of their remaining shows. Continue reading Creative Cow’s The Rivals – 5 star reviews

Jerusalem


I have just recently seen this amazing play by Jez Butterworth in the run up to the Tony’s where it is nominated for six awards. I believe there were some small alterations to the script for the American audience of this very English play with very English issues and yet they were nevertheless, laughing until they were crying.

Mark Rylance plays Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron and if this man doesn’t receive his Tony I don’t know what an actor has to do. It is an outstanding performance. A mesmerizing tour Continue reading Jerusalem

Blood Brothers – New Blood…

Melanie C
Melanie C

Sporty Spice, Melanie C has joined the cast of Blood Brothers as Mrs Johnstone. It will be interesting to see how well she copes. I’m sure she will be great for the show. There’s bound to be a lot of interest in a scouse spice Girl in such a scouse role. There are already reports that  Baby Spice, Emma Buntun, will be supporting Melanie on Monday. And both Posh and Becks are believed to be doing the same.

I’m looking forward to seeing the show on Wednesday. Every other time I’ve seen this production in London, it’s had me in tears, I’m hoping Mel will do the same!

Illyria and the Three Musketeers – Huzzah!

The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers

This is a somewhat belated recommendation, as the season has ended, but should this  speedy romp ever energetically throw itself near your doorstep, then make sure you clasp your overflowing goblet close to your chest, ensure your preferred means of defence – sword, dagger, pistol – is well oiled and grab the nearest lusty knave or wench (why not both) to accompany you on this breathless journey. They don’t stop. There’s fight scene after acrobatic fight scene. Everyone on stage has a magical ability to transform themselves utterly. There was literally a cast of thousands, well hundreds, as the three Musketeers and D ‘Artagnan fought the Cardinal’s men. Amazing what can be done with a a couple of beards and a moustache. Continue reading Illyria and the Three Musketeers – Huzzah!

Illyria’s Dream

I was convinced it would not rain. We’ve had the hottest The Dream-Illyriaweather in years and the cloud cover was moving relatively quickly so rain should not have been an issue. And it wasn’t in the first half. We had the odd smattering and so were told we had one minute to get our brollies up as we wouldn’t want to miss this next bit! Bottom demonstrating the power of his roar. And let’s face it, Bottom’s roar is always a highlight.

Continue reading Illyria’s Dream