RAISING THE CURTAIN #11: “My Theatre History” by Zoe Divers

“A good friend of mine asked me to write this blog post about my past theatre experiences on the Isle of Wight. This got me thinking. Without the island’s theatre scene, I wouldn’t have met this friend. In fact, I wouldn’t have met the majority of the wonderful, talented people that I am so lucky to call my friends.”

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: Brontë by Polly Teale – The Apollo Players

The real power of the play though, highlighted by the talent and skill of the direction and acting, centres on the isolation and repression of the three sisters, which finds its outlet in the characters of their imagination; Bertha and Cathy (from Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights respectively) are superbly portrayed by Maria Wilkinson, and represent the inner passions of their characters’ creators perfectly, in words and, so often, in silent action.

REVIEW: ‘The Apple Cart’ – The Apollo Players

From the moment the curtain rose on The Apollo Players’ latest play, ‘The Apple Cart’, we knew we were dealing with important issues. Two palace officials, waiting for the king to make his appearance, discuss the serious matter of love letters received by the monarch. These two secretaries-cum-waiters, played by Robbie Gwinnett and Corey Gibbs,…

REVIEW: ‘Going Straight’ by Richard Harris – The Apollo Players

“… attention to detail pervades everything, from the carefully ostentatious set to the perfectly judged costumes for each character – we could tell so much about them before they ever opened their mouths. All of this was of course brought together by the talented direction of Amy Burns, and every person connected with this production in whatever capacity is to be congratulated.”

REVIEW: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Packed with irony, sarcasm, and featuring a talented cast and crew, this open-air production of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is a first for Carisbrooke Castle.

PREVIEW: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Carisbrooke Castle

A look ahead to a production that features a wealth of local talent, faces well-known across the Island, drawn from a number of local companies and each bringing their skills, humour and style to the show to bring Shakespeare’s veritable feast of characters to life

REVIEW: The History Boys – redTIE Theatre

I was seventeen and fresh-faced from GCSEs when my new A-Level Literature teacher handed out copies of ‘The History Boys.’ They say you should never judge a work by its cover, but the school photo of the 2006 cast looked set to plunge me into agony over what seemed to be a dry play about…