REVIEW: “Dad’s Army” – The Apollo Players

The Apollo is gaining a reputation for ‘blockbuster’ productions at Christmas – a good alternative to the traditional pantomime for a festive family treat. Last year ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ proved immensely popular and this year ‘Dad’s Army’ became the first Apollo Players’ show in history to sell out every performance before the curtain had even risen on opening night.

REVIEW: ‘Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense’ – The Apollo Players

… the abiding memory taken away by all the audiences was of absolute hilarity. We were breathless with laughter as Peter Harris, as the very elderly butler Butterfield, tottered across the stage; as Bertie Wooster got almost inextricably entangled in his braces; as Jeeves morphed into Madeleine Bassett through the judicious use of a lampshade and a pink silk scarf … the list could go on!

REVIEW: ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ – The Apollo Players

The Apollo’s December production is, unlike most current shows, nothing to do with Christmas, but its subject matter is almost as familiar as the nativity story to those over a certain age, as the script is derived from various episodes of the hugely popular TV series of the same name, cleverly stitched together to form…

REVIEW: 1984 – RedTIE Youth Theatre

In a recent poll, 42% of Britons surveyed admitted to lying about having read George Orwell’s 1984 in order to appear more intelligent and cultured, an appropriate irony given the classic novel’s preoccupation with the disturbing malleability of ‘truth’. Personally of course, I’ve always counted it among my all-time favourite reads – but then, that’s…

REVIEW: The Queer Bash – redTIE Youth Theatre

What does ‘The Queer Bash’ actually mean, do you think? Because to me, it seems like a deliberate double entendre – which, if you’ve ever been to a performance by RedTIE Theatre, is to be expected. My Dad always used to tell me that his favourite part of any of our RedTIE performances was the fact he was in hysterical laughter one minute, and crying his eyes out the next. The dedication, commitment, and integrity that RedTIE pour into their performances to produce this pathos has not changed in the ten years I’ve known the company, and ‘The Queer Bash’ is a prime example of that.