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Monday, April 5, 2021

‘Another superb bit of escapism’: THE TEMPORAL SOCIETY – CtrlAltRepeat (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The Temporal Society is another superb bit of escapism from the minds of CtrlAltRepeat, taking you back in time and keeping you on your toes – Rebekah Finch and Rachel Waring are the doubl…

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

‘A superb hour of movies & dance’: REMEMBERING THE OSCARS (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A superb hour of movies and dance, with a fun concept and brilliant choreography – Aljaž & Janette are absolutely in their element in Remembering the Oscars.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

‘Shane Richie gives a momentous performance’: SCARAMOUCHE JONES – Ginger Quiff Media & Stream.Theatre (Online review) ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Shane Richie follows in the footsteps of Pete Postlethwaite, taking on Justin Butcher’s one-man play Scaramouche Jones or the Seven White Masks for Ginger Quiff Media and Stream.Theatre.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

‘A thrilling piece of entertainment’: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Online review) ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Not only does it work as a standalone piece of digital theatre, this adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray is also really intelligently linked to the original story.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

‘An inventive & compelling retelling of a classic’: A CHRISTMAS Carol – Polka Theatre (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An inventive and compelling retelling of a Christmas classic, the Polka Theatre’s A Christmas Carol is a great introduction to the tale of Mr Scrooge for audience members young and old.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

‘It felt like we were all creating something very special together’: A fond farewell to The Show Must Go Online series by Debbie Gilpin

I may be woefully behind on my show write-ups, but I couldn’t not mark The Show Must Go Online coming to an end – at least until further notice.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

‘Natasha Karp’s performance is particularly moving’: LITTLE WARS (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

At a time when hatred seems to be the new norm (whether antisemitism, homophobia, or literally anything else), narratives like those discussed in Little Wars are more important than ever.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

‘Intricately thought out & masterfully constructed’: VIPER SQUAD – CtrlAltRepeat (Online review) ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Viper Squad is a highly entertaining and thoroughly engaging piece of interactive Zoom theatre, providing human connection and a welcome sense of escapism.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

‘My favourite part of working in casting is meeting fresh, exciting talent’: Sydney Aldridge on the casting process for The Show Must Go Online by Debbie Gilpin

I’ve really admired the work of Sydney Aldridge throughout the course of The Show Must Go Online, so who better to talk to about casting and her experiences with this innovative Zoom theat…

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

‘All in all, yet another brilliant show’: AS YOU LIKE IT – The Show Must Go Online (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

From Rome to the Forest of Arden, as The Show Must Go Online next tackles As You Like It.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

‘I could have written an entire post about Ruth Page’s performance’: HENRY V – The Show Must Go Online (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

I’m running out of superlatives for The Show Must Go Online. Each show is exceptional, including the latest staging of Henry V, and manages to improve upon the previous week in as many way…

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

‘Enlightening & moving at the same time’: INVISIBLE MUSIC (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Platform 4’s Invisible Music presents a beautiful and thought-provoking soundscape that is a wonderful manifestation of creativity in this period of isolation.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

’A top quality production’: NIGEL SLATER’S TOAST (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Nigel Slater’s Toast is a top quality production full of heartwarming moments and alimentary temptations – grab yourself a Walnut Whip and make yourself comfy.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

’It’s perfect to adapt for the internet’: Writers Henry Roadnight & Adam Johnson on musical theatre web series Third Wheel by Debbie Gilpin

Writers Henry Roadnight and Adam Johnson have set about adapting their musical Third Wheel into an online production.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

‘I was keen to continue to devise in a stimulating creative theatre space’: Actress Lucy Aarden on joining verbatim project Isolation Ensemble by Debbie Gilpin

Actress Lucy Aarden is part of #IsolationEnsemble, a company formed by director Abbie Riddell to raise urgent funds for theatres across the UK.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

I feel I personally have to advocate for Shakepeare’s Globe even more strongly by Debbie Gilpin

Reading that the Globe may struggle to come back from this current crisis without the help of donations and emergency funding didn’t seem quite real.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

‘Thoughtfully & inclusively cast’: RICHARD II – The Show Must Go Online by Debbie Gilpin

The Show Must Go Online was firmly back in history mode with the beginning of Shakespeare’s second tetralogy in Richard II. Not quite as much bloodshed as the previous set of histories tha…

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

‘Every single week gets more inventive!’ The Show Must Go Online actors discuss their lockdown hit by Debbie Gilpin

I posed some questions to The Show Must Go Online returnees Luke Barton, Kristin Atherton, David Johnson and Lucy Aarden about their experiences with this weekly lockdown hit.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

‘I’m glad this version has helped me to appreciate the play more’: The Show Must Go Online’s Titus Andronicus (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

Last week was Shakespeare’s birthday, so The Show Must Go Online went all out with their latest production, holding a Titus Andronicus party in the Bard’s honour.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Lockdown has made me realise, as much as theatre, I’ve been missing live music by Debbie Gilpin

It feels slightly odd that my final show before the curtains came down wasn’t a play or musical – instead, it was a dance show.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

10 wish-list productions for future National Theatre At Home screenings by Debbie Gilpin

Following on from the instant success of National Theatre At Home streaming event, it’s got me thinking about all the other wonderful NT Live screenings that I’d love to come to the smal…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

‘Quite extraordinary innovation’: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – The Show Must Go Online by Debbie Gilpin

The success of Show Must Go Online’s engrossing The Taming Of The Shrew is a real credit to the company’s creativity and the magic of this emerging art form.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

‘A roaring success’: The Show Must Go Online’s Shakespeare series makes an impressive start by Debbie Gilpin

Last week saw the first production of The Show Must Go Online, a series devised by Rob Myles (who Mind the Blog regulars will recognise from Merely Theatre’s Twelfth Night and his insight …

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

‘Suffering & hope beautifully portrayed’: CAN I HELP YOU? – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Can I Help You? is a sensitively and engagingly performed play that tells an all-too-familiar tale of the battle for hope when all seems lost.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

‘Inclusive & engaging’: MACBETH – Greenwich Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A bold production of the Scottish Play from Lazarus Theatre with a heavy focus on power and ambition – a great introduction to Macbeth and Shakespeare.

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

‘The passion that Kaye has for his profession & Elton John is clear’: ELTON JOHN: IT’S A LITTLE BIT FUNNY – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Elton John: It’s A Little Bit Funny is a whistle-stop tour of Elton John’s outrageous life, with a soundtrack of some of his greatest hits performed by an excellent live band.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

‘Compelling & moving from start to finish’: MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – Peacock Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A compelling & human story brought vividly to life by a company that pulses with energy – Sting’s music and Kate Prince’s choreography are a marriage made in dance heaven in Messag…

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Monday, January 13, 2020

‘The music is the heart & soul of this show’: ONCE – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A welcome return for Once, a gorgeous show with music truly at its heart and soul.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

MISSED THE BOAT: Stephen Ward by Debbie Gilpin

Posted on January 7, 2020 by Debbie Stephen Ward Photo credit: Nobby Clark I very nearly did see this one, but it opened and closed so swiftly that I didn’t really have the cha…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Mind The Blog’s top five musical choices for 2020 by Debbie Gilpin

If you’re struggling with all the choice, Mind The Blog has come up with her top five musicals you do not want to miss in 2020.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

‘Wonderfully conceived & immaculately performed’: FAME THE MUSICAL – Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An energetic production of Fame that serves as a good reminder that you can’t anywhere without hard work – the choreography is superb.

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre