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Review: Le Weekend

1st October 2013 | Theatre

Review: Le Weekend
As a 15 year old, it did come to my surprise when I was invited to see a press preview of ‘Le Week-End’ of which I had heard a lot of positive praise for. Although worried that boredom would overcome me within the 93 minute long film, I was rather intrigued and was willing to spend a few hours watching it.

The story focuses on unhappily-married-couple Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick Burrows (Jim Broadbent) who take a short holiday to Paris on the anniversary of their honeymoon in an attempt to fix their problematic relationship.But, love isn’t exactly the only emotion between them. He’s devoted to their marriage enough to try overcoming any rejection and change his ways, albeit in vain, however Meg constantly feels dissatisfied, restless and poorly treated. As if it couldn’t get worse, Nick accuses Meg of having an affair and neither of them have a stable income so, during the trip, they end up broke.

The film takes the viewers on a journey through, strangely enough, what is probably a very usual story for, unfortunately, too many couples in Britain. A major downfall in the film was how true it was, almost like watching CCTV footage of average people: The couple have a fight, they try to rekindle, and it doesn’t get better until it gets worse, they all end up happy ever after. This made it very predictable. And that is the problem: normality. The film was just too normal to be a hit in my books and some of the scenes (such as a memorable dinner party which acts as the emotional climax of the film) remind me of listening to my parents dinner parties through the floorboards! Through all of the hardship, they make it through the other end and, after…

Review: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

23rd July 2013 | Theatre

Review: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
One of the most anticipated shows of the year is finally here... and that rhymes. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, the much loved story of rags to riches by Roald Dahl has undergone two major film adaptations and is now on stage! The show's book is written by David Greig and mostly stays true to the original story but has some slight alterations. For instance, Violet Beauregarde has now become a famous rap star which gives her character an even bigger personality.

Director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) does a good job in turning the book into a musical. His creative ideas really make the show what it is and without him I doubt it would be as enjoyable as it is! Creative is a perfect word to describe the show because a lot of how the factory is shown is genius and I have never seen anything like it before! Not only that but there are some fantastic magical illusions incorporated into the show as well.

Douglas Hodge is the almighty Willy Wonka and plays the role at a very high standard. He pulls off the madness and care for Charlie while at the same time dismissing the other golden ticket winners quickly as they are each sent to their endings. Nigel Planer plays Grandpa Joe, Charlie's Grandfather. He and the three other grandparents are fun to watch as they create some comedy during the first few scenes.

Charlie Bucket, played by (when I saw it) Isaac Rouse, is the hero of the story and loved by the audience as they see his desperation for a golden ticket in the first act, and how different he is to the other children, in the second. Those are the characters who stood out to me but really, the whole cast…

Review: Blind Date

30th June 2013 | Theatre

Review: Blind Date
If there’s one word that is hated by every Theatre-lover it is: ‘improv’. The fact that you could be the reason that the evening goes terribly is usually enough to scare away everyone and anyone from a show. That’s without remembering that if the actors are not top-notch, improv can be an excruciatingly awkward and boring experience.

Luckily, the West End has welcomed a show that is the polar-opposite of the above. Rebecca Northon plays ‘Mimi’, a French clown whose blind date for the evening has failed to turn up – so, she decided to replace him with an unwilling man from the audience. But, rather than a few moments of public humiliation, Northon subjects the rather embarrassed man to be her co-star for the next 90 minutes.

Blind Date is one of the funniest pieces of improvised theatre I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. It is witty, fearless and a piece of comic genius. Everybody feels like they are apart of the show (and not in a cheesy, “He’s behind you!” kind of way either) without very much effort.

Mimi goes further than most comedienne’s would go with their ‘volunteers’ – whilst still leaving plenty of space untouched to make it appropriate for teens and adults alike. And, both showed clear signs of thoroughly enjoying the evening. It’s a risky night out but when it goes to plan (which, with the skill of the cast, one would presume would be the case the majority of the time) it provides a humorous Theatrical experience that you will never forget.

If time permits, I’ll definitely been returning for a second date. Visit: http://www.blinddateonstage.com for more.