Mates blogger: Helen McWilliams

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Helen McWilliams
Helen McWilliams is a Midlands-based reviewer, but is happy travelling anywhere and everywhere to pursue her love of the theatre. Since 2013, she has been combining her passions for writing and theatre in her Entertainment Views site (formerly Break A Leg). She also enjoys interviewing actors, writers and other professionals from the business. Helen tweets at @entsviews.

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In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Helen McWilliamsLeave a Comment

What Lies Between Me & Jean is a classic comedy piece with many hidden undertones of a serious yet poignant nature. It’s a story about Steven and Lou, on the surface at least. They work together and their working relationship and indeed their relationship as a whole is put under the spotlight in this glorious piece of observational theatre.

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… What Lies Between Me and Jean writer Anna-Lisa Maree

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Jean Pocket is the female alter ego of Northern Drag Artiste Steven Saxby who is about to embark on his first one Wo/Man UK Theatre tour JEAN POCKET – STITCH BITCH TO THE STARS. Lou Harper is the Production Stage Manager for the tour, and having taken the job as a favour to a friend, ‘ever the professional’ Lou is becoming increasingly exasperated by her challenging artiste and his delaying tactics in actually getting on with the rehearsal process.

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… CUT’s Hannah Norris

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CUT is a 60-minute poetic, intense theatre work to be performed by one woman. It was inspired by Greek sources, the likes of Clytemnestra, Medea, and Atropos of the Three Fates. It’s written by award-winning Australian playwright Duncan Graham. It’s about fear and threat – and in a disjointed way – follows the story of a woman being pursued by a man.

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OTHELLO – Stafford

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Jealousy, corruption, love and murder, all in one play, and all acted out in front of the sensational backdrop of Stafford Castle. It’s that time of year again, Stafford Festival is presenting its Shakespeare offering, outdoors and this year’s choice of Othello proved to be an inspired decision.

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In Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Helen McWilliamsLeave a Comment

Patrick Marber’s play is set in 1945 in an English Country House, the set of which rivalled downstairs at Downton Abbey! The play is inspired by Strindberg’s Miss Julie. Helen George plays Miss Julie, the only upstairs character we are introduced to in person, while Richard Flood plays John, her father’s Chauffeur and Amy Cudden plays Christine, the cook.

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In Children's theatre, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Helen McWilliamsLeave a Comment

Live theatre shows for children are a fantastic way of introducing the young generation to live performances whilst reinforcing the fact that entertainment does not only come from the glowing box in the corner of the living room. What Pongo’s Party does is combine familiar voices from CBeebies, namely those of Justin Fletcher (who voices Pongo the Pig) and Nicole Davis (who voices Molly-Moo Cow) with lively performers and engaging puppets up on stage.

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