20th May 2016 | Theatre
Funny Girl has returned to London's West End for the first time in 50 years.
With Sheridan Smith in the lead role as Fanny Brice, the show features some of the most iconic songs and film and theatre history to help tell the story of Fanny, whose vocal talents and comedic ability saw her rise from Brooklyn singer to Broadway star, and her relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein (played by Darius Campbell).
Marilyn Cutts plays the role of Mrs Brice (Fanny's mother) and, as one of the funding members of smash hit musical Fascinating Aida, has travelled thousands of miles (and Olivier award nominations) to get to this point.
She has also played at the National Theatre and for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including performing in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with the award winning Into the Woods.
James Gilmore interviewed Marilyn Cutts about her past experiences in theatre, performing alongside Sheridan Smith and all about Funny Girl.
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James Gilmore interviews Marilyn Cutts about her past experiences in theatre, performing alongside Sheridan Smith and all about Funny Girl.
20th May 2016 | Theatre
Question: what do you get when you combine absurdism, a cast with three recent drama schools gradates in it and a veteran director? Answer: confused.
Green Eyes is a murderer. Lefranc wants to be a murderer. Maurice wants to be Green Eyes’ best friend. Green Eyes is going to be executed. These are the parameters in which Geraldine Alexander’s production of Jean Genet’s Deathwatch happens. Genet, who spent some time incarcerated himself, studies the absurdity of enforced male proximity, and how the confines of the prison become the entire world to some. There is also an interesting point made of society’s morbid fasciation with murder (which if you deny we have, just look at any of ITV 3 daytime schedule), and the kind of celebrity status that people can achieve through it.
All three actors are excellent, especially when you consider they are mostly recent drama school graduates. Tom Varey is mesmerising as Green Eyes. His physicality and strength as this prison big dog fits the character perfectly. Danny Lee Wynter (the only actor that you could really call a veteran) plays a very delicate Lefranc fighting for dominance in the world of the cell. Joseph Quinn’s Maurice is the least impressive out of the main three. However, this is mostly due to the writing of the character, who has a lot less of a journey, and so is unable to shine as much as the other two.
Physical theatre is another area where the production really stands out. Tom Varey is especially impressive to watch, with his description of his crime combined with a dream-like dance sequence being uncomfortably beautiful.
However, is one main area that makes this show less attractive; as with most absurdism, it is very confusing. The show sees to stumble over…
17th April 2016 | Theatre
This is Emma. Emma has a problem with drugs and alcohol. Emma maintains she does not have a problem with drugs and alcohol. Emma is now in Rehab.
After its massively successful run at the National Theatre, Duncan MacMillan’s smash hit play, People, Places and Things has made its transfer to Wyndham. The plot would (at face value) seem to be a very simple one. Emma, an actress suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, has a breakdown on stage during a performance of The Seagull and is sent to rehab to get a certificate that says that she is allowed to work again. Emma, throughout the first half of the play, stays adamant that she has no problem, and wants to get through her 29 days in rehab and get back to work. What follows is a series of intense clashes between Emma as they argue over the nature of addiction, religion and life, as well as dealing with the death of her brother.
This production, directed by Jeremy Herrin, is spellbinding. The physical theatre elements of the production, born out of it being a Headlong/National Theatre production not only work but astound the audience, with multiple Emmas going through drug withdrawal making the whole experience of the withdrawal so much more painful and real for those watching. The set is also very much a massive draw. The sickly hospital white walls constantly break to make the set for new scenes. The show is a marvel of technical stage design.
However, it would be impossible to talk about this show without talking of the marvel that is Denise Gough. Gough, a native of County Clare in Ireland, has been theatre’s best kept secret, but now is getting the popular recognition that she so blatantly deserves. Gough plays…