Best of the Blogs: Mary Poppins, Touching The Void, La Clique & more

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In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 17 November 2019), ranging from Ian Foster’s delight at the arrival of Mary Poppins to its original West End home, the Prince Edward Theatre, to the superb and pulsating storytelling of Touching The Void as experienced by Riley Anderson for Fairy Powered Productions. Plus find out what the Mates think of La Clique, On Bear Ridge, When The Crows Visit, Crisis? What Crisis and Gaping Hole. Enjoy.

Mary Poppins – Prince Edward Theatre
Ian Foster: “Really, in the end, Mary Poppins is the kind of production full of uncomplicated fun that can’t help but uplift the soul in the most delightful way.”
Touching the Void – Duke of York’s Theatre ★★★★★
Riley Anderson: “What David Greig has achieved in this adaptation is remarkable. We are pulled to the edge of our seats before being catapulted into the crevasse of our own minds and forced to ask ourselves ‘what would I do?’.”
On Bear Ridge – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★
Carole Woddis: “It may not be to all tastes but for those willing to be embraced by its strange, discomforting atmosphere, Thomas’ On Bear Ridge offers the rare sight of an actor in his prime. Rhys Ifans is simply mesmeric.”
La Clique – Leicester Square Spiegeltent ★★★★★
Abigail Kathleen: “La Clique is a wild night out, it is hilarious, gets your pulse racing and all whilst toe-tapping. A show for the mischievous and open-minded.”
When The Crows Visit – Kiln Theatre
Tom Bolton: The writing confronts difficult truths, but does so by creating entirely convincing characters. A powerful new play and a notable success for the Kiln Theatre.”
Crisis? What Crisis – Colab Factory ★★★★
Emma Clarendon: “Overall, while there are times when it feels slightly overwhelming Crisis? What Crisis? is still an immensely enjoyable piece of immersive theatre that has been planned out to perfection in terms of details and style.”
Gaping Hole – Ovalhouse
Stephanie Ressort: “Packed full of laughs and film references, it makes for an entertaining and quirky night of theatre. A must for the film geeks among you. Actually for those of you who get disproportionately annoyed by movie plot holes, you might even consider this therapy.”
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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.

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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.