Welcome to 2017! Let’s hope it’s as stagey as ever. I feel like I’ve not done much this month as I’ve been so consumed in uni and rehearsals for ‘The Tempest’ (which is this week, eek!), but now I’m looking at my list of things for this post, I’ve done so much more than I thought. Let’s dive right in!
New Year’s Theatre Resolutions
I made a post detailing my resolutions for theatre this year, including seeing more fringe and smaller productions. I have seen less shows this month than usual, and only one was a small one, but I have a few coming up in February (including the VAULT festival and more at Theatre N16) so fingers crossed I don’t break this resolution! I’ve also planned a lot of posts, which counts right?
Barbican Young Reviewers
My time as a Young Reviewer for the Barbican Centre is unfortunately over, and I’ve made all three of my review videos! My final two which were both released in January included a review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Boy Blue Entertainment’s ‘Blak Whyte Gray’. I loved taking part in this project, and I’ve learnt so many new skills, too. You can watch both my videos below:
There are LOTS of musical films being released this year, or are being announced for the future. I recently saw ‘La La Land’ (who hasn’t?) and cried endlessly. It’s a beautifully shot film with wonderful references to the golden age of musicals, but I do see some issues with it and don’t think it deserved the amount of Oscar nominations it received. Maybe I’ll write something about this? But I also fear everything has been said already!
Also, I am VERY excited for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in March that I wrote a piece about Disney’s choice to remake its classic films for CUB Magazine, which you can read here.
Shows I’ve Seen
As said above, I haven’t seen as many shows this month as usual! I did, however, see Aladdin, Hedda Gabler, RENT, and Brains. Brains was a show by Thick and Thin Theatre, a company founded at Queen Mary (my university) whom I know quite well. I reviewed the show, which explored medical ehtics in a Zombie-apocolypse, and can’t wait to see what they do next!
Seeing the UK tour of RENT was one of the best moments of my life. Sitting front row in such an intimate theatre as the St. James, seeing Phillipa Stefani and Layton Williams absolutely SLAYING the stage, was a dream come true. My tweet thread pretty much sums up my whole experience – it’s a review in 10 x 140 characters!
I was also lucky enough to attend the press launch of The Wind in the Willows which comes to the London Palladium following its world premiere in Plymouth last autumn. The event itself was held at the London Palladium, which meant I was stood on the stage where shows such as Cats and The Wizard of Oz have been! Madness. I was very excited to be there, and was in awe by the scenery, speeches, and two performances we were treated to whilst there.
I’m going to be a Steward at the Globe!
After applying in December, this month I had an interview and was accepted to join the team as a front of house steward at the Globe Theatre! I’m so excited to start at this iconic and important venue, especially being around the theatre during Emma Rice’s last season. I’m excited to meet like minded people, and see the looks on people’s faces when they enter the yard for the first time, as I remember how great it felt when I visited for the first time just over a year ago!