DVD Review: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Matt Greenhalgh’s beautiful adaptation of Peter Turner’s memoir combined with Paul McGuigan’s tender direction makes for compelling and heartbreaking viewing.  Jamie Bell and Annette Bening offer up two stunningly raw performances in this tender film about the ups and downs of the relationship between film actress Gloria Grahame and Peter Turner in the final years… Read More

REVIEW: A Passage to India, Park Theatre

‘A Passage To India’ is a very traditional reworking of E.M Forster’s classic 1924 novel. Confession, disclaimer, excuse: I haven’t read ‘A Passage To India’. Sorry. So I’ll only review this production on its own merits, not with reference to its original text. The story follows the British colonial, or ‘Anglo-Indian’ as they are referred… Read More

REVIEW: Angry, Southwark Playhouse

Philip Ridley’s six very different monologues allow for powerful performances from Georgie Henley and Tyrone Huntley – but don’t seem to sit well beside each other.  By turns, each of Philip Ridley’s six monologues put together here are angry, passionate and ultimately heart wrenching in terms of the range of subjects they cover, wrapped in… Read More

REVIEW: Carmen 1808, Union Theatre

Phil Willmott’s production based on Bizet’s beloved opera has plenty of passion and Spanish flair to make for a highly engaging experience.  It is always interesting to see what the Union theatre can do with its cosy space and for this production of Carmen 1808, the audience really feel involved with the unfolding events thanks… Read More

REVIEW: Flashdance, New Victoria Theatre

As expected in this stage adaptation of the classic film, the dancing is strong and energetic – but the script does let the production down in places.  Having only seen the original film once before, I have to admit the plot behind Flashdance was a little bit of a mystery coming in to watch the… Read More

REVIEW: This Beautiful Fantastic

A celebration of nature and unexpected friendship is wonderfully quirky and heartfelt.  Some of the best films are ones which are wonderfully understated and somehow slip under the radar when it comes to all of the big blockbusters released and This Beautiful Fantastic is one of those films. Written and directed by Simon Aboud, This… Read More

REVIEW: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, Rose Theatre

Newly adapted by David Edgar, this new production of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde has plenty of chilling moments but doesn’t quite make a strong enough impact overall.  This classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson is brought to life once more in Kate Saxon’s atmospheric and chilling production – which is let down by David… Read More

REVIEW: Strangers on a Train, New Victoria Theatre

This stylishly staged production grabs the attention in the first act but seems to lose that intensity in the second. What would you be prepared to do for a stranger? this is the central question in this intriguing thriller based on Patricia Highsmith’s debut novel, adapted into a play by Craig Warner that is not… Read More

REVIEW: The Moor, Old Red Lion Theatre

Catherine Lucie’s gripping psychological thriller has the audience on the edge of their seat from beginning to end.  What would you do if you thought your dreams were in fact a reality? What if you thought you saw something terrible happening and you are absolutely convinced that everything you were seeing was true? These are… Read More