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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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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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