This apt revival of Caryl Phillips’ first play, Strange Fruit, stirred up a maelstrom of memories for me, a second generation Caribbean immigrant, growing up in a city on the south coast of 1970s/1980s England.
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Going to see The Sandman is more than just the chance to see some young superstars in the making. It’s a great show, with a powerful message and some gripping acting performances (and a tap dance).
Molly Taylor’s What was Left looks at what happens when young people are forced to grow up too quickly.
A Right Royale Tea from BoRo Live Experiences is a fun and frothy show aimed mostly at the grey pound and those looking to expand on their afternoon team experiences.
David Narayan is an engaging performer and a skilled magician but the concept behind The Psychic Project needs work and the tricks need to feel more original to really impress audiences
Fatty Fat Fat is a show by Katie Greenall and Daisy Hale (performed by Greenall alone) which includes dance, movement, a mini game show, audience participation through crisp eating, a ballet dance and a member of the audience becoming a cast member.
The European premiere of David Finnigan’s controversially-titled satire Kill Climate Deniers successfully combines a deeply serious message with some some serious on-stage silliness, set to a spectacular soundtrack of early 90s house and techno.
J’ouvert, a debut play from Yasmin Joseph and the directorial debut of Rebekah Murrell, is an ambitious play, encompassing the spirit, commercialism and epic Notting Hill Carnival.
Conflicts between this updated production and the original script are a distraction, but despite this and because of such a talented cast performing Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, I was still able to appreciate how well the piece was performed.
I don’t give stars but if I did Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience would get five stars. It is a fantastic night out. It is interesting as a VR and immersive experience and fun with excellent performances from the live team.
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