How much does new Edwardian spoof comedy Cream Tea and Incest, with its aristo Eddie Spangler and his servant Jeffrey, owe to PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster? Writer and star Benjamin Alborough answers our questions on the script and the 2.5 dimensional set. Have a read – and then get booking for the Edinburgh Fringe hit coming to London’s Hope Theatre next week!
While the play is set 13 years ago, many of the issues that Our Big Love Story raises are very pertinent today, as they have never really gone away. It offers a sombre and timely perspective on the individual versus society, and the struggle to retain one’s humanity.
Got your tickets yet for Cream Tea and Incest? This spoof Edwardian comedy – billed as “The Play That Goes Wrong meets Jeeves and Wooster meets Diary of a Nobody… with a little bit of American Psycho thrown in for good measure” – comes to London’s Hope Theatre in April after a sell-out run at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The four-strong cast are clearly a hoot in rehearsals. Check out our gallery below – and then get booking!
Fans of Jeeves and Wooster, The Diary of a Nobody and The Play That Goes Wrong, mark your diaries now! Edinburgh Fringe hit spoof comedy Cream Tea and Incest gets a limited London season next month at the Hope Theatre, where it runs from 10 to 28 April 2018. Gen up – and then get booking! “Remember what it says in the …
Initially, Foul Pages has a surfeit of innuendo, as the actors revel in saucy banter. However, once things settle down, Foul Pages reveals itself to be about the love of acting and what it was like for the boys who played all the female roles.
The narrative arc of Foul Pages at the Hope Theatre is woolly and lacks clear authorial intent, making for a frustrating experience of unfulfilled potential.
I’ve been raving about Julius Caesar to everyone over the past few weeks, and particularly the experience of seeing it in the pit of the staggeringly versatile Bridge Theatre.
In its exploration of artistic compromise and the perils of pursuing both sexual and political freedom, Foul Pages makes for strange eventful history.
If the conflicting obsessions of the characters and the murkiness of the plot in Foul Pages at the Hope Theatre were more brightly illuminated, this could be a sustained and hilarious evening, but the author has given it pretentions also to be a serious drama.
On the strength of Pennyworth Productions’ latest offering, it won’t be long before it is as well-known as the more seasoned theatre companies working in the UK today.
Any number of shows could have been included in this post; frankly it’s ludicrous that I decided to stick with my whole top 12 idea… As I’ve seen about 90 more individual shows than last year.
A sadness that is at first unspoken, then as the letters they read take a poignant turn – revealing a year’s worth of bad news in some cases – their melancholy bleeding out to force them to reflect on their own lives, their own experiences. At just an hour, this is done with a light touch but still manages a gut-punching level of emotion.
Absurdist: Like a Lynchian movie, Gregg Masuak’s Flycatcher doesn’t spoonfeed answers, but it gives its audience plenty to think about.
What were the reviews and other blogs that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 25 Mates Blogs from October 2017 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.
Skin Tight declares that all good things must end and heartbreak is inevitable – but these are the secrets to a fulfilling life. Gary Henderson’s modern classic is reflective and moving, but the production doesn’t fully serve these ends.
Anything is possible online, right? But just how far will some people go? Gregg Masuak’s new play FLYCATCHER dives into the dark underbelly of our web-woven world. The comic thriller runs for a strictly limited season at London’s Hope Theatre from 7 November to 2 December 2017, with a press night on 9 November. Time to get booking!
Based on Dennis Glover’s poem The Magpies, Gary Henderson’s Skin Tight has its own lyrical quality, with certain lines and references alluding to larger ideas and themes. Set in New Zealand’s South Island during the Global Depression of the early 1930s, we meet Tom and Elizabeth who live on a farm.
Frankie Meredith’s script has a solid, viable core, but the short, episodic scenes spanning a long time period make for a skeletal whole that feels like the first act of a longer play.
Turkey is a play about playing with nature and playing with emotions. All three characters are people who haven’t met their full potential, particularly Madeline who despite her skill with languages finds herself working in a bar, struggling for money whilst keeping her dream of motherhood alive.
Marooned Theatre’s contemporary reimagining of John Vanbrugh’s 1697 Restoration comedy, The Provoked Wife, moves into Islington’s Hope Theatre next month after a sell-out season at the White Bear Theatre earlier this summer. In this morning’s blog, director Hannah Bolland Moore explained how and why she youthened the characters and reset the action at a modern music festival. Now it’s time to meet the …