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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

‘The perfect pick-me-up musical’: DREAMGIRLS – Touring by Emily Garside

The show tells the story of three best friends, Effie White, Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson, on their quest to become music stars in 1960s America and what happens to them on their way to …

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

‘I can’t help but ask: is this humour we still want or need in theatre?’ THE BOOK OF MORMON – Touring by Emily Garside

I want to start by saying how happy I am to be back reviewing musical theatre. How happy I am the big tours are back and how overjoyed I was to be back in my home turf of the Wales Millenniu…

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

‘A powerful return for the theatre’: THE BOY WITH TWO HEARTS — Wales Millennium Centre by Emily Garside

The Boy with Two Hearts is an adaption of the book by Hamed and Hessam Amiri adapted for the stage by Phil Porter. The book which was a Radio 4 book of the week, combines the account of the …

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

‘You are here, at the start of a moment’: Welcoming back Come From Away by Emily Garside

‘You are here, at the start of a moment’. Those words in Come From Away never felt more true. Four hundred and 95 days after last being in a West End theatre, 495 days after last seeing …

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

‘I don’t want to forget the shows that happened’: A reflection on theatre in 2020 by Emily Garside

 I resolutely wasn’t doing a round up for 2020. I mean what on earth were we going to round up? This year has, with no exaggeration, broken our hearts in theatre. There’s no other way …

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

‘We’ve shown we’re not going without a fight’: Who really cares about what has happened to the theatre industry? by Emily Garside

I accidentally wrote a viral tweet. It came out of a moment of possibly ill-thought frustration. Out of feeling brushed aside, dismissed one too many times. But wow did that tweet resonate.

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Measuring love: Rent is a musical of not just a generation but of a pandemic by Emily Garside

Rent recently marked its 24th anniversary since its Broadway opening. Every year I try to write something. This year, in particular, it seemed important to.

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Paper Cuts: When I think of this play, I’ll always think of growing as a writer by Emily Garside

My play Paper Cuts went live on Bloom Theatre's YouTube channel last month. This play was a long time coming… hopefully, this isn’t the end, and it’s got a way to run.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

‘I applaud everyone who is trying to fill the void with creativity’: Mourning, fretting & struggling to write by Emily Garside

I've struggled to write about theatre at this time. To be honest, I've struggled to write anything about anything. It took me weeks to get my head remotely functioning.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

‘Achingly beautiful’: ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS – Bristol by Emily Garside

For every introverted socially awkward nerd Romantics Anonymous feels like seeing your fears and secrets on stage without being mocked.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Decade Round-Up: The Musicals by Emily Garside

And so here it is... my top 10 musicals of the decade. It turned out to be a slightly emotional journey. But it turns out musicals meant a lot in that time and I’ll fight anyone who says m…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Decade Round-Up: The Plays by Emily Garside

This isn’t a ‘best of’ list it’s my best-of list, these are the plays that shaped me this decade and will stay with me well into the next.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Emily Garside: The upsurge in ‘Aids plays’ revivals and new work is important for recording history by Emily Garside

From the mid-2000s there has been an upsurge in reviving ‘Aids plays’ – from the 2008 Broadway revival of The Normal Heart

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Language and Identity in the Welsh-Turkish Play Y Brain/Kargalar by Emily Garside

By Emily Garside. Emily Garside discusses Y Brain/Kargalar, in which the playwright, Turkish refugee Meltem Arikan, who settled in Wales, explores her conflicting identities. 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘Breathing new life into a classic’: DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Young Vic by Emily Garside

For anyone who has been under a rock for the last couple of years in London theatre, this stripping back to the essence of a classic is one of Marianne Elliott’s (many) talents. And here w…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A good night out, entitlement & Agatha Christie by Emily Garside

I thank all the theatre I’ve endured that has perhaps made me a better person, but in future I’ll be asking first just how much joy it’s going to bring me, and if I’m perhaps better …

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Monday, March 11, 2019

‘Can make you weep with the beauty of it’: WAITRESS – West End ★★★★ by Emily Garside

On the top layer, Waitress is sweet and fun with beautiful ingredients in the form of a stellar cast. But dig a little deeper and we find there are a lot more layers to the pie.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

‘Fascinating it still is, engaging perhaps not always’: ALL ABOUT EVE – West End ★★★ by Emily Garside

Fascinating All About Eve is, engaging perhaps not always. But anyone hoping for the same level of emotional payoff that Anderson’s other stage roles have demonstrated will likely end up f…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

No Day But Today: A Renthead’s thoughts on Rent: Live by Emily Garside

I’ve spent this last couple of weeks thinking about Rent a lot. It’s not unusual to think about Rent. For me it’s always kind of there, in the background.

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Shows I can’t shake from 2018 by Emily Garside

I wanted to record all the productions in 2018 that had had a profound impact on me, so here is the collection that will be with me for a long time.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Emily runs down her Top 10 of 2018 by Emily Garside

Emily Garside rounds up her Top 10 shows of 2018.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

‘Immensely entertaining & engaging’: CHEER – Cardiff by Emily Garside

The Other Room has established itself as the Channel 4 of Christmas in Cardiff, with its alternative Christmas show. And this year, up and coming company Big Loop is resident with Cheer.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Alice in Wonderland review at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff – ‘energetic and warm-hearted’ by Emily Garside

Rachel O’Riordan’s last production as director at the Sherman Theatre is Mike Kenny’s warm-hearted new adaption of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

‘Beautifully created & performed’: CARDIFF BOY – Cardiff by Emily Garside

Directed with intelligence, and a clear passion from Matthew Holmquist and with writing that balances a particular brand of Cardiff humour with universal themes and important questions, Card…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

‘An unapologetic hymn to queer culture’: TUCK – Cardiff by Emily Garside

Tuck takes us on a journey of sequins and glitter that eventually blur through tears. It’s fierce and fabulous and goes out fighting.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘Delivers the essence of the show in a way that speaks to us today’: COMPANY – West End by Emily Garside

The moment Company opened younger audiences who had never seen it before similarly lamented that it could ever have been done with a man. ‘But it’s a woman’s story’. And for 2018 it …

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

‘Wildly funny, incredibly filthy’: SKIN A CAT – Cardiff by Emily Garside

If Isley Lynn’s Skin A Cat teaches us anything it’s to be bold in talking about everything about sex, especially for women.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

‘What British musical theatre could be’: EUGENIUS! – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Emily Garside

Eugenius! manages that perfect balance of pop music and musical theatre- storytelling through song but with an infectious and catchy side.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

‘Beautifully written piece of drama’: A RECIPE FOR SLOE GIN – Cardiff by Emily Garside

Allan Neve’s play is an exploration of a father-daughter life over the decades. Starting when daughter Lucy (Georgia Theodoulou) comes home to look after her father Charlie (Keiron Self), …

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

‘A rare treat’: The New Group’s benefit reading of Larry Kramer’s The Destiny of Me by Emily Garside

This reading of The Destiny of Me was a rare (especially for a Brit) opportunity to see this rarely performed play. The fact Kramer has done re-writes gives me hope there will be a productio…

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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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