Review: Fringe Preview-Shotgun Theatre’s ‘The Remarkables’

After seeing The Remarkables when it first debuted in March, I was intrigued to see how co-writers Matt Smith and Sean Wareing had edited their original musical to make it Fringe-ready. With a few script cuts and new songs, I was impressed to see the changes made while retaining the show’s hilarity and ridiculousness. With an incredibly witty cast and creative team, The Remarkables remains a thoroughly enjoyable and strikingly professional student-written musical.   Continue reading Review: Fringe Preview-Shotgun Theatre’s ‘The Remarkables’

Review: Unknown

Hannah O’Dowd’s T3 play Unknown featured some of the strongest student talent that I’ve come across at Exeter.

In what was undoubtedly the most moving piece of university theatre I’ve seen, this play tells the true story of a plane accident and its consequences on Hannah, the writer and protagonist. Unknown tackles the complex theme of trauma with sensitivity and maturity on the writer’s part, showing the evolution of her psychological and physical wellbeing in the two years since the incident. While autobiographical, the play has a broader outlook, preventing it from feeling overly personal. O’Dowd’s aim has been to create a meaningful piece of work that gives voice to the victims and survivors of brain injury, memory loss and trauma, as well as what at times feels like a more personal attempt at catharsis. It is gentle and at times wry, while humour and light-heartedness also give the play a fresh outlook and reveal O’Dowd’s writing skill, as well as her self-awareness and perspective. Continue reading Review: Unknown

Review: Shotgun Theatre and Theatre with Teeth’s ‘The Remarkables’

The Remarkables is Shotgun Theatre and Theatre with Teeth’s highly anticipated original musical, and, at the opening night, pretty much every seat in Kay House Cabaret was filled. Without a doubt, not a single audience member left dissatisfied with the self-proclaimed “musical comedy of epic proportions”. The audience were laughing from the very beginning, and, overall, it was this comedy and the quality of the original music which carried the performance beyond its limited storyline and into a very memorable piece of student theatre. Continue reading Review: Shotgun Theatre and Theatre with Teeth’s ‘The Remarkables’

Fringe Fever

There is something undeniably exciting about the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This year was my sixth time going but it was just as fun as the first. For the first time, I plunged into the darker worlds of cabaret and burlesque, of late night comedy and drinking shows. One day, I was strapped into an ‘aeroplane cabin’ in a shipping container (Flight), on another I watched as a gigantic Frankenstein statue was suspended over my head (A Rocky Horror Picture Show at Frankenstein’s Inn) and as a man created the illusion of a moving motorbike with two glow sticks (Police Cops in Space).  I saw a street performer balance a spinning basketball on his nose as he played a guitar, and attended a show where the theatre was turned into a nightclub and the audience danced on stage with the performers (Even Hotter). In total, I managed to pack twenty-eight shows into eight days. Despite seeing so many, there were definitely a few which stood out from the rest. Continue reading Fringe Fever

Review: ‘Shakespeare in Hell’

‘Abandon all hope, ye who enter here’ Inscribed over the gates of Hell in Dante’s Inferno, entering the production of ‘Shakespeare in Hell’ in Roborough Studios did cause me some apprehension. Described as a ‘black comedy horror’, the mash-up of Renaissance texts including Shakespeare’s plays, Marlowe’s ‘Dr Faustus’ and Dante’s ‘Inferno’ forms the finale of the ‘Torture Trilogy’. The adaption, produced by Brite Theatre in … Continue reading Review: ‘Shakespeare in Hell’

Review: The Man in the Moone at the Bikeshed Theatre

The four-man Rhum and Clay Theatre Company deliver a fresh and innovative performance in their physical theatre piece ‘The Man in the Moone’. Featured at the Edinburgh Fringe, their unique style is effortlessly likeable even if it is not immediately understood. Centering around one man’s (played by Julian Spooner) desire to reach the moon, the piece appeals to our very human desire to escape the … Continue reading Review: The Man in the Moone at the Bikeshed Theatre

S***faced Shakespeare at the Fringe

As soon as I arrived in Edinburgh I was whisked from beneath the low grey clouds into a cosy and softly lit pub. This wasn’t your standard smelly local, however (I’m looking at you, Wetherspoons). The Brass Monkey had raspberry gin and tonics on offer, rather than 3 VKs for five pound. There was a special ‘cinema room’ at the back of the traditional pub, filled with monkey-themed movie memorabilia, mattresses and pillows to sprawl … Continue reading S***faced Shakespeare at the Fringe

Quick thinking, award winning, and knicker-wettingly funny

Showstopper! the amazingly ingenious improvised musical is now gracing the radio waves… The cast of Showstopper never perform the same musical twice. During each performance, this talented group of all singing, all dancing actors and comedians create a brand new musical on the spot. Led by both shout outs from the audience and by an innovatively interrupting director, the actors flawlessly piece together a performance of comic and musical … Continue reading Quick thinking, award winning, and knicker-wettingly funny