First a note, I know it’s been wall to wall Angels here and for those who follow me on social media/know me in real life. But I’ve loved this play for 14 years.
I’m happy to report there were no ‘Apes in America’ this time around, and aside from momentary sound glitches there were no technical issues until the very end…where for about 20 seconds something very strange went on with sound and picture in Harper’s monologue.
I really enjoyed the NT Live screening of Angels in America. I particularly liked the way they did the CGI Apes, and the jungle was really realistic and I’m not one for CGI usually.Confused? So was I.I will get to a collection of thoughts on seeing Ang…
I spoke about Rent fans, and how they were a trailblazing ‘fandom’ for the newer models of fandom we see in theatre today (Subtitle: sorry Hamilton you didn’t invent it) but also about the original Rentheads who grew up and grew with ‘their’ show and how they personally continue to be fans despite having ‘outgrown’ that phase in their lives.
The thing that swung this production, aside from the fantastic writer that is Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, and a great cast including Colin Morgan, was the news that the Hampstead had sealed bits of their programme to protect spoilers.
Richard Tunley has directed an energetic production that walks the line between tribute and mimicry well for the iconic roles. The influences of the original Python roles are all there, but nobody is impersonating the originals, and that really is the only way this show can work.
“History is about the crack wide open” warns the Angels to Prior Walter. And history, of Reagan, 80s America and AIDS is certainly on show for all to see in the revival of Angels in America. But why does a play about 1980s America, specifically the title might suggest Gay America resonate still?
The play has flown home to the National, where it was staged 25 years ago (as the world premiere in fact). And in a world where Reaganism now looks like a moderate American political approach, the world of 1985 America seems not so distant after all.
When I called my PhD thesis “Angels at the National” (I write terrible titles I know) I never thought I’d be able to say it again. Of course, the Gods like to have a laugh at my expense.
As I write this, the curtain is about to rise on the first major revival of Angels in America in nearly a decade, it’s the fastest selling show in the National Theatre’s history and it’s got a cast of stars (Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, Russell Tovey) who frankly are making it a pretty big deal.
“Something about always”: that’s the line I always think of when I think of La Cage Aux Folles. For some people the height of romance is the heroics of Les Mis, or the doomed love affairs of War and Peace.
It was at once like coming home to an old friend and falling in love all over again.This isn’t a review really, although I will write about the production, it’s my collection of thoughts, reflections and mostly feelings after returning to something tha…
“Wales? I thought that was a town in England”… Raise your hand if you’re from Wales and an American has said that to you…
One of Chris Harris’ spot on observations about being Welsh, and the world and Welsh in the world in Golf Course War Machine. The play follows Pippa, a 24-year-old from Tredegar staging a one woman protest on a roundabout in Newport.
As a member of Sororitas choir, based in Cardiff, I along with many other choirs across the city and beyond were invited to take part in a ‘Mass Choir’ as part of the City of the Unexpected. So after learning the songs (two newly written pieces and some medleys) and one slightly mad rehearsal with everyone, we were being set loosen the city of Cardiff along with the other performers.
Oh and for anyone wondering what exactly a groundhog is, it’s like a large Marmot, a relation of the squirrel. Also known as a Woodchuck. Now we’re all up to speed on our small mammals and folklore…in the film Phil begrudgingly reports on the Groundhog happenings, only to find himself stuck waking up on Groundhog Day seemingly forever.
The Brannagh season at the Garrick comes to a close in style with John Osbourne’s classic ‘The Entertainer’. When curating the season it seems a fitting finale for Kenneth Brannagh, who takes on the fading song and dance man Archie Rice.Osborne’s play …
There was no real fear of poor execution from two masters of the stage in Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Their double act, supported by fine work from Owen Teale and Damien Molony lifts this more obscure play into something accessible and enjoyable for even the most Pinter-wary.
If it’s between Mamma Mia! and the Royal Court, which would you choose and what does that say about you? Emily Garside has been asking herself such questions…
Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s best known plays, and particularly for those of us who were teenagers in the 90s a certain film version is more than etched into our minds as well. Personally speaking as well this was, by pure accident rather than design, the third Romeo and Juliet I’d seen in a month.
Staging classic sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo on stage has elements of both blessing and curse for any actors. On the plus side, you know the material is already a hit, on the negative, it’s already been a hit on television and that can be a tough act to follow. The cast rise to that challenge admirably, and the audience respond warmly to familiar characters and catchphrases while the cast breathes new life into familiar characters.