The Keepers – ravens in the Tower

It’s not every day you see your friend flapping about like a raven. But then, when your friend is an actor and recent graduate of East 15 Acting School, it’s all in a day’s work. Adam Brown, who goes by the stage name Adam Bellamy, co-wrote and performed in The Keepers, a short theatre piece…

Le Corsaire – ballet at the Mayflower

My review of English National Ballet’s performance of Le Corsaire this week at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. A true delight. I’m not too happy with the headline though. As the reviewer, we don’t write the headline, and though the subs normally do a fantastic job of picking out a phrase from the piece to…

SOOP of the instant variety

Saturday night is always a difficult one. I’m at that age where a night gracing the dance floor in Liquid accompanied by several Tequila slammers is all just a bit too energetic, but equally I’ve not yet reached sitting in front of the TV with my slippers on and a nice cup of tea. So…

Truly talented ladies

It’s always a joy to discover new talent, even if that talent was actually discovered by everyone else a long time ago. With the ladies of Bench Theatre‘s recent production of Ladies’ Day, I felt just that. Robin Hall, Beth Evans, Jessi Wilson and Sarah Parnell gave fantastic performances as the four fish-packers from Hull….

Beware the seagulls

Last week I reviewed a performance of Henry V by local amateur dramatic theatre company Collingwood RSC, part of the Royal Navy Theatre Association (RNTA). The company performed the play in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, in the open air alongside Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory. Such a setting presented some wonderful dramatic possibilities but also came with…

The art of reviewing

Last week I had the pleasure of seeing a spot of theatre for free and getting to write about it for the local paper. Still a relative newbie when it comes to reviewing, and acutely aware of the importance of those words from an actor’s point of view, I felt as nervous as if I…

Shakespeare in the sunshine – The Taming of the Shrew

What wonderful weather we’ve been having! Perfect for a spot of Shakespeare in the sunshine. It’s that time of year again when the Globe Theatre on tour visits Portsmouth to put on a show in the City Museum Gardens, in association with our very own New Theatre Royal. As usual, they didn’t disappoint… An all-female…

6,000 miles away part 3: Bye

The piece we had admittedly all been waiting for, Guillem’s solo Bye, arrived at last. Choreographed by Mats Ek and set to Beethoven’s last piano sonata, the piece was a delight to watch. Mats Ek is not only a choreographer, but has also staged productions of various plays in his native Sweden. A former stage…

6,000 miles away part 2: Rearray

The second piece of the evening, Rearray, was choreographed by the internationally renowned choreographer William Forsythe. A former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Forsythe was director of Ballet Frankfurt for 20 years before founding The Forsythe Company. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, holds an Honorary Doctorate from…