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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘A powerful approach’: TREMOR – Cardiff Sherman Theatre by Emily Garside

I like to spend time unpacking a play and in particular the writing a little more. So here is my not-review of Brad Birch’s new play Tremor at the Sherman Theatre.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

To mob or not to mob: Immersive theatre isn’t for everyone – & that’s okay by Emily Garside

What the discussion about Julius Caesar led me to conclude was that in fact, the best thing about this production was that it offered you a choice. A means to experience this semi-immersive …

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

My dirty love affair with the jukebox musical by Emily Garside

I was the first one to declare how much I hated the idea of using existing pop music for a ‘new’ musical. I was certain that Mamma Mia! would not last long and I’d pick up some deeply …

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Nerdy Notebook’s Favourite Theatre of 2017 by Emily Garside

Here it is a list of the 10 shows that for various reasons made a mark in 2017.

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This was my last theatre outing of the year, and what a way to end a year. Everyone should be talking about Jamie if they aren’t already.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

‘A lovely new toy for theatreland’: Thoughts on the Bridge Theatre & Young Marx by Emily Garside

The Bridge Theatre is a lovely new toy for theatreland. Firstly, its location is spectacular - the views of London are glorious and next summer it will make for many a delightful pre-theatre…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

HEISENBERG: The Uncertainty Principle – West End by Emily Garside

The idea of music existing "between the notes" seems to be the best description of Heisenberg. A bit like the principle from which it takes its name, that you cannot view a thing and observe…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED – Finborough Theatre ★★★★ by Emily Garside

It's a rare play that gets both into your head and under your skin. Watching The Busy World is Hushed sends both a mind reeling trying to keep up with the ideas and questions posed by the ch…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

In praise of Elliott Harper: The theatre company I’ve been waiting for by Emily Garside

It’s all exciting, and has the potential, we already know, to produce exciting work. A company that is starting with a new Simon Stephens play starring Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham …

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

OUR TOWN – Manchester by Emily Garside

It seems everyone has a first memory of Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Mine, in typical style is mildly embarrassing and reveals me to be the uncultured swine I so often am. It was my third yea…

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

14 years, 100,000 words, National Theatre…Angels in America & me by Emily Garside

Almost a week ago now, Prior Walter bid the Lyttleton theatre ‘More Life’ one last time. Twenty-four years earlier it had opened next door in the Cottesloe. And some 14 or so years earli…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

YANK! – Charing Cross Theatre by Emily Garside

I love a bells and whistles musical as much as the next person. But the true magic of musical theatre is in the musical storytelling magic that sometimes if we're really lucky, happens. As m…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Tom Hiddleston, cats & theatre fangirls (here we go again) by Emily Garside

There's some arguments that come around and you think 'really? we're still talking about this?' but also you're not really surprised.So when it was annoucned Tom Hiddleston…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Still more thoughts on ANGELS IN AMERICA by Emily Garside

First a note, I know it's been wall to wall Angels here and for those who follow me on social media/know me in real life. But I've loved this play for 14 years.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

NT Live broadcast: Angels in America – Perestrokia by Emily Garside

I'm happy to report there were no 'Apes in America' this time around, and aside from momentary sound glitches there were no technical issues until the very end...where for about 20 seconds s…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Tech troubles NT Live Angels in America broadcast by Emily Garside

I really enjoyed the NT Live screening of Angels in America. I particularly liked the way they did the CGI Apes, and the jungle was really realistic and I'm not one for CGI usually.Confused?…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A celebration and study of theatre fans by Emily Garside

I spoke about Rent fans, and how they were a trailblazing 'fandom' for the newer models of fandom we see in theatre today (Subtitle: sorry Hamilton you didn't invent it) but also about the o…

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

GLORIA – Hampstead Theatre by Emily Garside

The thing that swung this production, aside from the fantastic writer that is Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, and a great cast including Colin Morgan, was the news that the Hampstead had sealed bits…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SPAMALOT – Cardiff by Emily Garside

Richard Tunley has directed an energetic production that walks the line between tribute and mimicry well for the iconic roles. The influences of the original Python roles are all there, but …

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Angels in America still has a lot to say by Emily Garside

“History is about the crack wide open” warns the Angels to Prior Walter. And history, of Reagan, 80s America and AIDS is certainly on show for all to see in the revival of Angels in Amer…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

ANGELS IN AMERICA – National Theatre by Emily Garside

The play has flown home to the National, where it was staged 25 years ago (as the world premiere in fact). And in a world where Reaganism now looks like a moderate American political approac…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A reflection on Angels in America by Emily Garside

When I called my PhD thesis "Angels at the National" (I write terrible titles I know) I never thought I'd be able to say it again. Of course, the Gods like to have a laugh at my expense.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reflections on AIDS, Angels, Rent and a PhD by Emily Garside

As I write this, the curtain is about to rise on the first major revival of Angels in America in nearly a decade, it's the fastest selling show in the National Theatre's history and it's got…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – Cardiff by Emily Garside

"Something about always": that's the line I always think of when I think of La Cage Aux Folles. For some people the height of romance is the heroics of Les Mis, or the doomed love affairs of…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Without You: My Thoughts on Rent by Emily Garside

It was at once like coming home to an old friend and falling in love all over again.This isn't a review really, although I will write about the production, it's my collection of thoughts, re…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

GOLF COURSE WAR MACHINE – Cardiff by Emily Garside

"Wales? I thought that was a town in England"... Raise your hand if you're from Wales and an American has said that to you... One of Chris Harris' spot on observations about being Welsh, an…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CITY OF THE UNEXPECTED – Cardiff (A Choir-eye-view) by Emily Garside

As a member of Sororitas choir, based in Cardiff, I along with many other choirs across the city and beyond were invited to take part in a ‘Mass Choir’ as part of the City of the Unexpec…

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

GROUNDHOG DAY – West End by Emily Garside

Oh and for anyone wondering what exactly a groundhog is, it's like a large Marmot, a relation of the squirrel. Also known as a Woodchuck. Now we're all up to speed on our small mammals and f…

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

THE ENTERTAINER – West End by Emily Garside

The Brannagh season at the Garrick comes to a close in style with John Osbourne's classic 'The Entertainer'. When curating the season it seems a fitting finale for Kenneth Brannagh, who take…

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NO MAN’S LAND – Touring & West End by Emily Garside

There was no real fear of poor execution from two masters of the stage in Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Their double act, supported by fine work from Owen Teale and Damien Molony lifts t…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Never going to be good enough…on ‘artists’ and being terribly lowbrow by Emily Garside

If it's between Mamma Mia! and the Royal Court, which would you choose and what does that say about you? Emily Garside has been asking herself such questions...

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