14th October 2017 | Theatre
At The Vaults theatre in London lives a production of the award-winning musical, ‘Hair’.
For those not in the know, ‘Hair’ (first performed 50 years ago) follows a group of drug-fuelled hippies as they protest against war and demand peace with a message which is still crucial today.
Its comments on societies impression of young people along with drug taking and nudity has ensured that ‘Hair’ has always been seen as one of the shows that pushes the boundaries, and this production is no different.
However, here’s where it gets a bit awkward.
James Gilmore saw the new production of ‘Hair’ (an IMMERSIVE production, to be noted) with his parents despite warning that half way through the production the entire cast get naked on stage.
Entirely naked. No underwear. No socks. Fully naked. In an IMMERSIVE production. With his parents.
On his Friday radio show, James Gilmore spoke about how he totally wasn’t ready for this experience – but also how great the show is. It really is pretty good.
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and there was a nude scene which he can't get over... (6 minutes)
16th September 2017 | Theatre
If you are a fan of Derren Brown then chances are you will enjoy his latest show – ‘Underground’, at the Playhouse Theatre. If you are a super-fan then chances are you may end up feeling rather bored…
As ever, Derren kindly requests that audience members keep tight-lipped about the contents of the show. However, due to the nature of this Greatest Hits-style evening, we sort of can.
The show is made up of old material – all from previous live shows. It’s nothing short of impressive that Derren can churn out a brand-new show every two years. It’s therefore only fair he might want to take a break. But rather than going on a hiatus, he has selected a series of items which seamlessly flow into a mystifying and entertaining evening.
The show works brilliantly if you are relatively new to Derren. Or even if you have only seen him on TV. Aficionados will instantly recognise pieces from previous shows: ‘An Evening of Wonders’, ‘Enigma and ‘Svengali’ to name but a few. There’s everything you would expect: laughs, pure showmanship and moments of jaw-dropping dumbfoundedness.
Setting the production in a smaller theatre than usual – the Playhouse Theatre (seating 780 people) compared to the Palace Theatre (seating capacity 1,200 people) where his previous production ‘Miracle’ was set – meant that even if you had seen the routines before, you got a fresh look on them at a closer distance.
It also works as a good introduction to the performer. Having just made his American stage debut, the time is ripe for a new generation to be introduced to his talents. Here, they get the opportunity to see some of his best material.
We must admit it was a little dispiriting to…
6th November 2016 | Theatre
5 years after the release of the last movie in the Harry Potter franchise, The Cursed Child was a breath of fresh air and new storylines that I had only dreamt about. I have the practically impossible task of describing my experience without ruining it for you. I have to, after all, #KeepTheSecrets.
Showing the spells and magic in the play was probably, I think, the trickiest part. However, any issues I thought about were completely unfounded, as you shall see if you do get the chance to go and see the play itself. With the little bits of magic being as powerful as the larger bits of magic, the play leaves you wondering why you had any doubts in the first place.
I was, as were many people, a bit sceptical about the portrayal of Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco by actors who were not the ones I grew up with, but the production blew all my fears out of the water. Harry Potter, played by Jamie Parker, was stunning and brought forward all the quirks we knew Harry had in the books and the movies. Hermione Granger, played by Noma Dumezweni, was a fierce character in the books and the movies, and it was brought to life in the production itself. Ronald Weasley, played by Paul Thornley, reminded us about everything we loved about Ron, dipping us in nostalgia and laughter alike.
Ginny Weasley, played by Poppy Miller, resembled book-Ginny more than the film adaptations; her strength shone through; as did her love for her children. Draco Malfoy, played by Alex Price, is striking in his poise and arrogance. Albus Potter, played by Sam Clemmett, came through as a very relatable character but Scorpius Malfoy, played by Anthony Boyle, stole the show. His witty repartee…