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Thursday, October 12, 2017

BWW Review: SAINT GEORGE AND THE DRAGON, National Theatre by Rona Kelly

Saint George and the Dragon is a story you likely heard as a child. 'He's a picture in a storybook,' notes one of the characters, 'But that's not who we are anymore'. Neither is the audience…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

BWW Review: KING LEAR, Chichester Festival Theatre by Rona Kelly

'We that are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long...' 2017 has been dubbed a year of Hamlets too many, even, with Andrew Scott and Tom Hiddleston both taking on the role. If o…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

BWW Review: LE GRAND MORT, Trafalgar Studios by Rona Kelly

Sex and death often go hand in hand. The french term 'La petite mort' literally means 'the sensation of orgasm as likened to death' OED. And Le Grand Mort certainly goes big on this theme. I…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BWW Review: DERREN BROWN: UNDERGROUND, Playhouse Theatre by Rona Kelly

Do you have a secret Can you keep that secret If you answered yes and are going to Derren Brown Underground, think again. Derren Brown probably knows it already. The tricks may stay the same…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

BWW Review: KNIVES IN HENS, Donmar Warehouse by Rona Kelly

'I must look close enough to discover what it is', utters one of the characters. The same could be said of Knives in Hens itself. Obscuring and drawn out at points, an impressive cast and so…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BWW Review: WOMAD TAKEOVER, National Theatre River Stage Festival by Rona Kelly

At its very heart, WOMAD World of Music, Arts and Dance is a celebration of the arts in every form, from every country, for everyone. And what better way to celebrate the arts than a festiva…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Photo Coverage: WOMAD Takes over the National Theatre's River Stage Festival by Rona Kelly

This summer, the River Stage Festival returns to London's South Bank. Taking place on the National Theatre's appropriately named River Stage, this free festival sees some of the leading arts…

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

BWW Interview: Ripton Lindsay talks WOMAD Takeover by Rona Kelly

This weekend, WOMAD World of Music, Arts and Dance has brought a world of culture to the South Bank. Part of the National's River Stage series, acts such as beat boxer Grace Savage and music…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

BWW Interview: Grace Savage talks WOMAD Takeover by Rona Kelly

WOMAD World of Music, Arts and Dance kicks off their second day taking over the River Stage at the National Theatre. Saturday's lineup features performances and workshops, from a range of ar…

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BWW Interview: Russell Evans, Sam Robertson & Hugh Parry talk AFRO CLUSTER at WOMAD by Rona Kelly

The River Stage Festival returns this summer to the National Theatre. Different companies and groups takeover the South Bank, from The Gloryto Rambert and the National itself. This weekend, …

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BWW Interview: Russell Evans, Sam Robertson & Hugh Parry talk AFRO CLUSTER by Rona Kelly

The River Stage Festival returns this summer to the National Theatre. Different companies and groups takeover the South Bank, from The Gloryto Rambert and the National itself. This weekend, …

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Festival Watch: A Weekend at Latitude 2017 by Rona Kelly

Forget your troubles and venture into the woods. Now in its twelfth year, Latitude Festival 2017 is a magical, musical and surprisingly not too muddy weekend.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

BWW Review: TIMBERLINA, Latitude Festival by Rona Kelly

At a festival with more Waitrose Bag for Lifes and recycling bins than toilets, Timberlina proves to be a fitting end to Latitude. Tackling the impending environmental catastrophe, Timberlin…

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BWW Review: TESSA COATES: PRIMATES, Latitude Festival by Rona Kelly

What do you do with a BA in Anthropology Become a stand-up comedian. Armed with the knowledge of how to analyse the history of the human race, Tessa Coates examines the phenomenon that is mo…

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BWW Review: THE NATURE OF FORGETTING, Latitude Festival by Rona Kelly

Following a sold-out run at the London International Mime Festival this year, Theatre Re played to yet another full crowd in the Theatre Tent at Latitude Festival. Telling a story of love an…

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BWW Review: LOLA AND JO: FOCUS ON, Latitude Festival by Rona Kelly

Returning to the Edinburgh Fringe for their second year, Lola and Jo want to try out some of their new sketches. Having recruited market research company FocusOn, Latitude Festival seems the…

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

BWW Review: SIMON ARMITAGE, Latitude Festival by Rona Kelly

So far, coverage of Latitude Festival has included theatre, music and comedy. At this point, a change of pace was needed. In the Speakeasy, poet Simon Armitage made for some easy but also ha…

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BWW Review: GOODBEAR, Latitude Festival by Rona Kelly

Check in for an eclectic evening of entertainment with Goodbear. Playing the Cabaret Tent at Latitude Festival, we meta whole host of characters in this hotel based sketch show. It's like Am…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

BWW Review: MUMFORD & SONS, Latitude Festival by Rona Kelly

Mumford amp Sons makes a triumphant return to Latitude Festival, having first played in 2010. After all these years, audiences provedthat they would wait, they would wait for them. An evenin…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BWW Review: DICKIE BEAU: RE-MEMBER ME, Latitude Festival by Rona Kelly

'Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronouncedit to youtrippingly on the tongue.' Without uttering almosta single word until the final scene, Dickie Beau speaks volumes in his latest show. M…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

BWW Review: HOT DUB TIME MACHINE, Latitude Festival by Rona Kelly

'If I could turn back time, if I could find a way' Well, now you can. Hot Dub Time Machine is a touring musical event of theatrical proportions, bringing the songs of yesteryear into the 21s…

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BWW Interview: Dickie Beau Talks DICKIE BEAU: RE-MEMBER ME by Rona Kelly

Award winning actor Dickie Beau is a man of a thousand faces, but one voice. The lip synch maestro brought Dickie Beauo Re-Member Me to Latitude Festival, following an extended run at the Al…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

BWW Review: VOICES OF THE AMAZON, Latitude Festival by Rona Kelly

What an introduction to Latitude entering a world unlike anything you've seen or heard before. And I'm not even talking about the Faraway Forest. From Sister's Grimm, Voices of the Amazon im…

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

BWW Review: COMMITTEE... (A New Musical), Donmar Warehouse by Rona Kelly

The line between the dramatic world on stage and the real world off stage can seem very thin. Shows written hundreds of years ago speak to today others hit even closer to home, depicting act…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Festival Watch: The Theatre And Music Highlights Of Latitude 2017 by Rona Kelly

There are only a few days until the 12th edition ofLatitude Festival, and this year's line-up promises to set the bar high. Festival-goers can experience over 750 acts across 15 stages from …

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

BWW Review: TAPE FACE, Garrick Theatre by Rona Kelly

Almost two and a half hours in a theatre with no talking. You might think you're at the ballet and you may be, given one of the skits. Returning to the London stage, Sam Wills dons his signa…

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Monday, May 29, 2017

FAVOURITE SONGS: 'Those You've Known', SPRING AWAKENING by Rona Kelly

It's an odd thing to say that one of my favourite musical songs is one which makes me cry. Even odder, in fact, that it's one which I couldn't bear to listen to for almost a year...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

BWW Review: LOVE IN IDLENESS, Apollo Theatre by Rona Kelly

The Menier Chocolate Factory is no stranger to transfers, both in the West End and beyond. The Color Purple notably made the jump, and now here's Trevor Nunn's Love in Idleness moving to the…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

BWW Review: TICK, TICK...BOOM!, Park Theatre by Rona Kelly

After an absence of almost a decade, tick, tickBOOM bursts back onto the London stage at the Park Theatre. There's plenty of energy, a natural spark among the three leads, but little emotion…

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

BWW Review: THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI, Donmar Warehouse by Rona Kelly

Written by Bertolt Brecht during World War II, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui serves as a parable for Adolf Hitler. Germany becomes Chicago, Hitler becomes gangster Arturo Ui, as we witnes…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, New Wimbledon Theatre by Rona Kelly

Literally translated, La Cage aux Follesmeans 'the cage of mad women'. This seems an apt description for the characters and audience alike in Martin Connor's latest production. Funny and fli…

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