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Review: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

3rd December 2013 | Theatre

Review: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

 

“Ingenious yet marvellous… special, historical and relatable!” - 4 Stars
 

The West End is full of gobsmacking shows, ranging from ‘Les Miserables’ to the highly popular ‘Book of Mormon’. But there is one performance which stands out from the rest, not because of its great singing or dancing, but due to the clever and chilling moral is expels to the audience. 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui', written by the Communist dramatist Bertolt Brecht, is a spectacular sell-out play which carries an important and powerful message.

Featuring the incredible and passionate Henry Goodman, it portrays the rise of Hitler in a tale based on the Mafia disposing opposition in 1930s Chicago. The resemblance in storylines is highly shrewd and for any History student or production-admirer, it is an absolute must see!

This play is different from many others. It opens with a prologue outlining all the major characters and explaining the basis of the upcoming plot, allowing the audience to better focus on the story’s message than the minor suspense. Alongside the regular comedic aspects which form the glitteringly witty scenes of the evening, such as the one in which the goose step is hilariously born, the play uses frequent references to Shakespeare and other writers to further its didactic ideas. Ui, upon reciting Mark Antony's famous speech from Julius Caesar, is compared to the evil Richard III and Macbeth, for example. Beyond this, there is little action, rather subtle politics followed by an unsettling finale in which Goodman imitates Hitler before, as a Jew himself, delivering a very personal message, and one that is definitely worth hearing.

The play, described in a mere sentence, is consciously a highly satirical, allegorical parable of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany, whose upsurge in power is represented in…

Ice At The Tower

15th November 2013 | Theatre

Ice At The Tower

 

“Genuinely fun and an experience you will never forget!” - 4 Stars

 

One of my fears every time I attempt to place my shaky skate on an ice rink is falling over and embarrassing myself and, to be honest, I don’t think I am the only one who feels that way. However, at the Tower of London all of that changed.

Okay, yes I was very scared before going but when I was there everything was so relaxed and calm. All of the professional skate marshals on the ice obviously knew what they were doing (they should really go on Dancing On Ice!).

Whenever anybody fell over the marshals were there in less than 2 seconds to get you up as quick as possible and then check for any injuries. There role was seamless and they worked together like a very well oiled machine.

The fact that the Ice Rink works in “sessions” means that there is never too many people on the ice at once. There is always a spare piece of handle-bar for you to grab on if you need but you still feel the need to keep moving or you will be in somebody’s way. Just the right amount!

The atmosphere was amazing both on and off the ice. The staff were really friendly and helpful and could answer all of my pre-skating questions really well. Food and drink was also top-notch.

If you’re going to go to Ice Skating this Winter but are not sure where to go – think no further than the Tower of London. Skating in front of this legendary London landmark is an experience you will never forget!

You can book your tickets here: http://www.toweroflondonicerink.com/

 

By James Gilmore

 

Red Carpet: Saving Mr. Banks

22nd October 2013 | Theatre

Red Carpet: Saving Mr. Banks

 

As always, on Sunday night, W!ZARD Radio Media was busy making sure that we could deliver the best coverage of the Closing Gala for the 2013 BFI London Film Festival as possible!

Thanks to our partners at image.net and Getty Images make sure you check out some photos straight from the red carpet as the festival closes and Saving Mr. Banks Opens!

 

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By James Gilmore