'Sutra' is unlike anything I have ever seen before. I haven't been to many Dance productions, so I was intrigued as to what it was going to be like.
The production features real life Monks from the Shaolin Temple. It crosses Contemporary dance with martial arts and acrobatics, which makes it an incredibly interesting piece. Personally, I couldn't quite grasp any sense of story, but it had themes of freedom and isolation.
I'm not highly educated when it comes to dance, but I was definitely left in awe of the performers on stage. The whole company were incredibly talented and some of the skills they hold are unbelievable.
As a fan of the show, I was incredibly excited to have the chance to see it performed again live in the theatre. Rent is such an empowering and moving show, its hard not to do it justice. Unfortunately for me, this production wasn't exactly the fine example I was hoping for. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the show, it's hard not too, but it had its faults.
As it was billed as Rent in Concert, I wasn't expecting to see a fully staged production of the show, but by the interval I was left confused as to what is was exactly. The majority of the cast, seemed to be acting out the story, brilliantly I must add, and treating it like this was a low scale production of the musical, while others seemed to have no connection with the story and were simply treating it as a rock concert. Unfortunately, poor direction left the show feeling under-rehearsed and inconsistent.
BEST PLAY The Assembled Parties Author: Richard Greenberg Lucky Guy Author: Nora Ephron The Testament of Mary Author: Colm Tóibín Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Author: Christopher Durang
BEST MUSICAL Bring It On: The Musical A Christmas Story, The Musical Kinky Boots Matilda The Musical
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL A Christmas Story, The Musical – Joseph Robinette Kinky Boots – Harvey Fierstein Matilda The Musical – Dennis Kelly Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – Douglas Carter Beane
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (MUSIC AND/OR LYRICS) WRITTEN FOR THE THEATRE A Christmas Story, The Musical, Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Hands on a Hardbody, Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, Lyrics: Amanda Green Kinky Boots, Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Matilda The Musical, Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY Golden Boy Orphans The Trip to Bountiful Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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The Results for the 2013 Olivier Awards have been Announced.
The winners of each category are highlighted, with the nominations below:
Best Actor Luke Treadaway for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Rupert Everett for The Judas Kiss (Apollo Theatre) James McAvoy for Macbeth Mark Rylance for Twelfth Night Rafe Spall for Constellations
Best Actress Helen Mirren for The Audience Hattie Morahan for A Doll’s House Billie Piper for The Effect Kristin Scott Thomas for Old Times
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Richard McCabe for The Audience Paul Chahidi for Twelfth Night (Apollo Theatre) Adrian Scarborough for Hedda Gabler Kyle Soller for Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nicola Walker for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Janie Dee for NSFW Anastasia Hille for The Effect Cush Jumbo for Julius Caesar (Donmar Warehouse) Helen McCrory for The Last Of The Haussmans
Mastercard Best New Play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Constellations The Audience This House
night I was a part of History. I attended the private dress rehearsal
of the 20th Anniversary Production of Jonathan Harvey's 'Beautiful
Thing' at the Arts Theatre, London. At the start of the show,
producer Tom O'Connell came on stage to welcome us to this special
event. He asked us to keep in mind that this was a Dress Rehearsal, a
fact that I had completely forgot by the interval.
those of you who may not know the play, “Beautiful
Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men coming to
grips with their sexuality and the effect it has on the people in
their lives. It
tells the story of teenager Jamie's relationship with classmate and
neighbour Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the
music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour
Leah. The play exquisitely depicts what it is to be sixteen, in the
first flush of love, and full of optimism.”
As a fan
of the play anyway, I was extremely excited and intrigued to see this
production. It's safe to say, in no way was I disappointed. Every
aspect of the show came together beautifully, making the whole thing
so believable. Colin Richmond has done a fantastic job with the
design. Although fairly simple, he did a great job creating a set,
that was pleasing to the eye.
on a whole, came together perfectly. Suranne Jones plays Jamie's mum,
Sandra. Her portrayal of this loud-mouthed, single
is more pre-occupied with ambitious plans to run her own pub
an ever-changing string of lovers, is very well executed and
believable. Her comedic timing is superb. The first scene in Act 2,
between her and Jake Davies, who plays Jamie, was simply stunning.
The acting between both of them was so true, and made the
relationship between them seem so real. In fact, they reduced me to
I am pleased to announce that I am now a 'First Night Blogger' for Birmingham Hippodrome. This fantastic opportunity means that I will be attending Press Nights and providing reviews on the productions I've seen, on my blog.
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