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Friday, August 28, 2020

‘A charming musical monologue’: HOLLOW – The Space UK (Online review) by Violet Mackintosh

If you are wondering what a ‘musical monologue’ is – look no further. Hollow is a charming twenty-minute musical journey.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

‘A glimpse at the darker side of creative genius:’ Mood Music – The Old Vic (Online review) by Violet Mackintosh

It is not often that we see the messy workings of entertainment law and intellectual property that lurk behind the glossy exterior of the music industry.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

‘Real, personal & touching’: BLACK WOMEN DATING WHITE MEN (Online review) by Violet Mackintosh

A beautiful selection of Zoom conversations about what it means to be a black woman navigating the messy and complicated world of interracial love...

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Recalling Claire Foy & Matt Smith in LUNGS: ‘If you think that ignorance is bliss, this one probably isn’t for you’ by Violet Mackintosh

If you are thinking of experimenting with this strange new medium and want to worry about global warming instead of a pandemic for a change, read on for what I thought back in October.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Book Review: Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die by Amber Massie-Blomfield by Violet Mackintosh

In the treasure hunt for the most magical theatres in the country, Amber Massie-Blomfield provides a compilation of bite-sized chunks of captivating theatrical history...

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

‘We are made of stardust & dreams’: ELECTROLYTE – Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (Online review) by Violet Mackintosh

This week is National Mental Health Awareness Week and never before has it seemed so needed. Locked away from the distractions of normality, we have been faced with our own four walls for we…

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

‘I am completely shaken by the terrifying stillness of this play: CYPRUS AVENUE – Royal Court Theatre (Online review) by Violet Mackintosh

Five minutes ago, I finished watching Cyprus Avenue and I am bursting to write something, anything, down.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

‘The numbing brilliance of this play raises awareness of the current health crisis” TIGER COUNTRY, Hampstead Theatre (Online Review) by Violet Mackintosh

I couldn’t think of a play more apt to raise awareness of the health crisis we now find ourselves in. Tiger Country is a blunt and beautiful portrayal of the real lives in an NHS hospital.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Why The Phantom of the Opera still has our hearts: History, mishaps & memories of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic by Violet Mackintosh

“Close your eyes and let the music set you free” – The Phantom of the Opera Last week I was reminded of my first theatre memory. I was eight and my parents took me to see The Phantom …

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

‘I have never before truly appreciated the blinding power of physical theatre’: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE – Gecko Theatre (Online review) by Violet Mackintosh

If you, like me at the moment, feel you are missing out on some of the familiar repetitiveness of life, this is thirty minutes you need to watch.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

‘It reminds us of the necessity of patience, resilience & love – a message we all need at this time’: JANE EYRE – National Theatre (Online by Violet Mackintosh

I wonder how the defiantly independent Jane Eyre would have coped with the prospect of self-isolation, a reality which had 62,000 people tuning in to watch her journey of romance, betrayal a…

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

‘It transported me away from the grim news & into another world’: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – National Theatre (Online review) by Violet Mackintosh

Just as Hollywood produced slickly sweet, happiness-filled films during the Great Depression, this was the National’s attempt at lifting the nation’s spirits during the darkest times mos…

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