Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Where did you learn that? - Stand Up Comedy Courses, a look from the inside

Written by: Midds

It has often been a debate amongst comedians and those in the comedy industry as to whether or not you can teach someone to be funny. Therefore, Stand Up comedy courses naturally fall under scrutiny from some. An article on Chortle titled ‘You Can’t Teach Funny’ seems to sum up the scepticism that most have with the idea of a comedy course - e.g. you can’t teach someone to be funny, you can simply teach them how to deliver tired material in a decent way or create an artificial character onstage that, whilst getting you one or two laughs, isn’t natural or born in an organic way from the performer.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Don Juan Comes Back From The War - review

Written by: Seona (@SeonaMcclintock)

Finborough Theatre, London

‘Don Juan’ comes back from the Great War, ready to get on with his life as an infamous womaniser but a run in with death, his knife-wielding former mother-in-law to be and an old flame are all wake up calls that leave him questioning his life and identity, and searching for love and vitality in the ruins of Berlin. The production forms part of the Finborough Theatre’s Rediscoveries Season, which has unearthed six overlooked plays from across the globe, including this one, written originally by Ödön von Horváth, in a new version by Duncan Macmillan.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Char's Stars: Gathering of the Tribes

Written by: Char (@charlypies)

I’ll be honest: it’s been difficult to know what to write about this one. It seemed a performance piece that aimed to provoke a level of confusion with a side order of unexplainable suspense. So for my tardy response I apologise and plead a case of inarticulate-itus.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Purge - review

Written by: Joshua Ward

Arcola Theatre, London

Aliide, an elderly Estonian is reading quietly in her cabin when Zara, a young, Russian ‘dancer’, arrives on the doorstep. Bruised, bloodied and desperately seeking refuge from a hungry Mafiosi, Zara is warily allowed inside until she can make a break for the Finnish border. As they while away the hours through cagey cross-interrogation, the trials of Zara’s present begin to stir the ghosts of Aliide’s past.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Char's Stars: Shivered at Southwark Playhouse

Written by: Char (@charlypies)

There are many things in life that make this Welsh girl happy and one of those things is most definitely the work of the brilliant Philip Ridley. March 8th had me tootling along to the gorgeously grungy Southwark Playhouse for the talented Mr. Ridley’s newest piece Shivered - and I hasten to add I did just that!