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REVIEW | The Chairs | Extant- UK Tour

Extant are Britain’s leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired people. They took on the challenge to perform Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist piece The Chairs. It is staged as if it were underwater, which is evident as the audience walk in to water sound effects. The set, designed by Andrea Carr, expresses an interesting depiction of a…

REVIEW | Breakfast At Tiffany’s | UK Tour

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, adapted from the novel by Truman Capote, is most well known for the iconic film starring Audrey Hepburn, who plays the frivolous country girl turned New York society girl. Richard Greenberg’s stage adaptation of the novel is a slick and pacy yet intimate production. The play itself sticks closely to the novel, as opposed to the…

REVIEW | Annie | UK Tour

The UK Tour of Annie starring Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan is a refreshing revamp of a classic musical. Taking inspiration from the current child-focused musicals currently in the West End, Annie has a contemporary feel which is enhanced by the staging and costumes. The stage is covered in brightly coloured jigsaw pieces which create a map…

INTERVIEW | Sonja Lawrenson | Women in Creative Industries

As a lecturer in eighteenth and nineteenth century literature at Manchester Metropolitan University, Sonja’s research centres around women’s writing from the late seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century, with a keen interest in Irish literature, eighteenth-century imperialism, Romantic Orientalism, feminist criticism and postcolonial theory. As a highly intelligent academic, Sonja talked to me about education, the feminist…

REVIEW | Hamlet | RSC

Director Simon Godwin’s adaptation of Hamlet is a breath of fresh air, the vibrant production set in Africa brings bright colours and intensity to the classic Shakespeare play. Known as a dark, dismal play, Godwin creates an indescribable atmosphere which reflects the setting and traditions of an African monarchy. The play begins in pure darkness…