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Monday, December 28, 2020

‘Incredibly imaginative & energetic’: POTTED PANTO (Online review) ★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

With so many pantomimes on offer at this time of year it can be tough to choose which one to watch. Thankfully Potted Panto has come to the rescue with a show which takes you through seven p…

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

‘The perfect tonic to these darker times’: THE SNOW QUEEN – Ipswich (Online review) ★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

Full of joy and imagination with some hilarious jokes and great music choices, The Snow Queen at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich is guaranteed to brighten your spirits this Christmas.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

‘Everything about this production is impressive’: PETR PAN – Barn Theatre, Cirencester (Online review) ★★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

After the year we’ve all had no one can be forgiven for wanting a touch of escapism this Christmas. Thankfully the Barn Theatre has come to the rescue with it latest production, Peter Pan.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

‘Compelling two-hander about class, racism & masculinity’: IN SEARCH OF A WHITE IDENTITY – The Actors Centre (Online review) ★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

Originally part of The Actors Centre’s Working Class Season, curated by Actor Awareness in 2019, In Search of a White Identity has been reimagined following the Covid-19 pandemic and is pa…

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

‘There’s a real delight about being able to share ideas & creations’: Courtenay Johnson on new digital project Sensory Adventures by Kirsty Herrington

Carbon Theatre’s My Sensory Adventures, a new digital project of sensory activities that people can do at home, is being launched. I caught up with Carbon Theatre producer Courtenay Johnso…

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

‘Expect to be surprised & unnerved’: Zoe Seaton opens up about Big Telly Theatre Company’s digital staging of Macbeth by Kirsty Herrington

Later this month the Big Telly Theatre Company’s atmospheric digital production of Macbeth will open at the 58th edition of the Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF), Ireland’s lead…

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

‘Some things haven’t changed at all’: ROSE – Hope Mill Theatre (Online review) ★★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

With a thought-provoking script at its heart and a flawless performance from Maureen Lipman, Rose is an important and powerful production which proves essential viewing.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

‘Audiences can expect a very eclectic line-up of artists’: James Scotland explains how The Sunday Art Club festival celebrates diversity by Kirsty Herrington

James Scotland, co-curator of The Sunday Art Club, chats about The Sunday Art Club, a free outdoor spectacular celebrating diversity in the arts.

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

‘A riot from start to finish’: Showstopper! The (Socially Distanced) Improvised Musical (Online review) ★★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

With energetic performances, jokes aplenty and clever songs that wouldn’t sound out of place in the West End, Showstopper! The (Socially Distanced) Improvised Musical was a riot from start…

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

‘Creative activities are really important in helping kids release their emotions’: Golden Toad Theatre’s Caroline Wigmore & Jen Green on the by Kirsty Herrington

Golden Toad Theatre’s Errol’s Garden project is creating opportunities for children to continue to engage with theatre and the arts from the safety of their homes, say co-directors Carol…

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

‘I hope audiences leave feeling inspired to connect, to create & to change’: Abigail Sewell directs Burn Bright’s Better In Person by Kirsty Herrington

Following the success of Burn Bright’s digitally commissioned pilot, Better In Person (led by Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley) is continuing the series with the next instalment which wi…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

‘A brand new way to experience live musical theatre’: Shanay Holmes tells more about West End Musical Drive-In by Kirsty Herrington

This summer the West End Musical Drive-In brings West End superstars direct to your cars. Shanay Holmes, one half of the creative team making this event possible, explains more.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

‘A fly on the wall with your favourite musical theatre performers’: Sunday in the Club with Oscar – H CLUB ★★★★ (Online review) by Kirsty Herrington

Part informal chat, part performance, this series of bi-weekly Sunday evening sessions is designed to support creatives in the entertainment industry during this strange and challenging time.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

‘It captured all of the cheesy elements of the real thing’: The Showstoppers’ Alternative Eurovision Song Contest by Kirsty Herrington

During a 90-minute livestream, viewers were treated to some iconic performances from around the world in isolation.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

‘We wanted to create opportunities to keep emerging playwrights engaged & positive’: HighTide’s Suba Das on their Lighthouse Programme duri by Kirsty Herrington

'Over 150 artists and participants have engaged so far, and we’ve raised £17,000 in support for these projects from our friends, members and supporters.'

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

‘The production uses the Zoom platform to great effect’: A SEPARATE PEACE – The Remote Read (Online review) by Kirsty Herrington

Since the COVID-19 lockdown was introduced back in March, many of us have turned to social networking apps like Skype and Zoom to stay in touch with loved ones. And now theatres and producti…

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Friday, May 1, 2020

‘An imaginative & enjoyable show for these extraordinary times’: THE TEMPEST – Creation Theatre (Online review) by Kirsty Herrington

There’s even a cute section where viewers are encouraged to show off their pets. It’s these moments in particular which bring a smile to your face.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

‘A beautiful & moving tale of loss & love’: ONCE – Touring ★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

Once is not just your average love story. It’s a charming production with a touching tale and exquisite music that’s sure to capture your heart – it’s guaranteed to be a show you’l…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

‘People can expect some killer writing’: Anthony Cozens tells more about Graceland at the Old Red Lion Theatre by Kirsty Herrington

Actor Anthony Cozens is appearing in the dark comic play by the critically acclaimed writer Max Saunders-Singer which comes to the Old Red Lion Theatre next month in a triple bill alongside …

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

‘A heart-warming story with bags of charm’: TIME & TIDE – Park Theatre by Kirsty Herrington

On the whole Time and Tide is a heart-warming story with bags of charm. With a great script full of laughs, well-rounded characters and brilliant acting, it’s certainly worth a watch.

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Monday, February 3, 2020

‘Interesting & topical play’: FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT – Bridewell Theatre by Kirsty Herrington

For the Sake of Argument at Bridewell Theatre is certainly a thought-provoking production with bags of potential.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

‘It’s taught me to be brave’: Katie Arnstein brings her play Sticky Door to the VAULT Festival by Kirsty Herrington

Katie Arnstein is an award-winning writer and performer. Her latest play, Stick Door, the final part of her It’s a Girl! trilogy, will be performed at the VAULT Festival next month. I caug…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

‘A mesmerising production’: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE – National Theatre ★★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

The stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2013 novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane opens at the National Theatre and looks set to be a hit.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

‘Warm & entertaining production’: THE SNOW QUEEN – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

While the theatre world is currently excited about the casting of Elsa in Frozen the musical in London next year, the Park Theatre is celebrating the original Snow Queen with its Christmas p…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

‘Think stand-up comedy meets cabaret meets theatre’: Amanda Broomell brings Mandy Picks a Husband to the Canal Cafe by Kirsty Herrington

Mandy Picks a Husband, an autobiographical show written by and starring Amanda Broomell, continues at London’s Canal Cafe Theatre until 8 December 2019.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

‘A devilishly good show’: AN ACT OF GOD – The Vaults ★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

With a comedian Zoe Lyons at the helm, expectations for the show are high and thankfully An Act of God lives up to the hype.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

‘Proves that the future is bright for new British musicals’: THE SEASON – Touring ★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

Christmas arrived early in Ipswich thanks to new musical The Season, a co-production between the New Wolsey Theatre and Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

‘Margolyes once again proves why she’s one of our finest actresses’: SYDNEY & THE OLD GIRL – Park Theatre by Kirsty Herrington

Sydney & the Old Girl features commendable performances and there is a good dose of humour, however ultimately this sinister play which intends to shock simply leaves you feeling deflate…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

‘Sure to provide food for thought’: LUNGS – The Old Vic ★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

One of the hottest tickets of the year, the Old Vic’s revival of Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs sees The Crown royalty Claire Foy and Matt Smith reuniting.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

‘Who knew a song about the delights of Swindon could be so entertaining?’: MIDLIFE COWBOY – Pleasance Theatre by Kirsty Herrington

Midlife Cowboy is infectious and entertaining, with a brilliant soundtrack to boot. With a little work it could be a hit.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

‘Filled with warmth, emotion & delightful British humour’: THE LIFE I LEAD – West End ★★★★ by Kirsty Herrington

Written by James Kettle, The Life I Lead (named after Mr Banks’ song in Mary Poppins) tells the story of David Tomlinson’s life and details his extraordinary highs and lows.

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