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Review: Derren Brown's Miracle

18th November 2015 | Theatre

Review: Derren Brown's Miracle
Derren Brown's theatrical experience is truly something that should not be missed.

The fourth time I've seen the self-confessed anti-mind reader live (Svengali twice, Infamous two years ago and now his latest offering - Miracle) and the hype still hasn't dropped.

The order of events is the same: Everybody nervously shuffles into the Palace Theatre (the grandest theatre in London, and perhaps the only one which can contain the excitement around a Derren Brown show) - hoping that they won't be the target of one of tonight's tricks; The set is unvailed roughly 15 minutes before the show starts and then, as the clock strikes the hour, the mystery man himself walks on stage.

Miracle centers around two main ideas: The source of happiness and Christian evangelical miracle work. The show is a mix of comedic segments (a major part of Derren's productions which we don't get to witness during his TV specials) which, this time around, are less mind-blowing than previously, and breath-taking 'feature pieces' which are real talking points afterwards.

Well, they would be 'talking points' if you hadn't pledged allegiance to Derren during the show that you wouldn't spoil the show for others - which is totally understandable considering the fact that a major part of the show's excitement is the idea of 'mystery', something which doesn't deserve to be spoiled.

However, it would be difficult to call this Derren's finest hour. Although it isn't far off.

Maybe it's because this production seems to be less serious (with more comedic elements) than ones past but there were much fewer 'OMG how on earth did he do that?' moments than we remember having in Svengali and Infamous. Saying that, we still can't work out how any of the tricks were done…

Interview with Aaron Sidwell (American Idiot)

28th October 2015 | Theatre

Interview with Aaron Sidwell (American Idiot)
The groundbreaking Tony Award-Winning Musical has come to town!

Traditionally, American Idiot has always received shaky reviews. The musical, based on the music of Green Day, doesn't exactly suit the traditional 'musical' sound which has, in the past, scared theatre-goers away from the production.

However, London has been graced with a production that has received stellar reviews - so, after seeing the production (housed in 'hole-in-the-wall' Arts Theatre in Leicester Square) I met up with lead actor, Aaron Sidwell, to discuss the musical in more detail.

The musical is based in a real post-9/11 America. A very real world to the one millions of American's were dragged into once Bush had put boots on the ground in Iran, American Idiot explores what happens when you're left with no options, no direction and no opportunities.

And it's scarily real.

In the musical, Sidwell plays 'Johnny' - one of three teens who leave their city in search of something greater. Although, as his friends one-by-one leave his side, he gets thrown into a world of drugs, sex and violence.

Hear our interview discussing the musical values of American Idiot plus the state of America for teens.

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James Gilmore interviews Aaron Sidwell

James Gilmore interviews lead actor of American Idiot (the Green Day Musical), Aaron Sidwell, about the musical values of American Idiot plus the state of America for teens.

Interview with Ravi Jain

16th September 2015 | Theatre

Interview with Ravi Jain
Ravi Jain is the director and co-star of 'A Brimful of Asha', a show whereby he shares the stage with his mother to discuss the realities of arrange marriage.

Ravi’s trip to India couldn’t be more perfect. Until his parents begin introducing potential brides.

In this hilarious show from the director of 'Like Mother, Like Daughter', real life mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain share the stage to tell this true story of generational culture clash.

James Gilmore had the opportunity to chat to Ravi Jain about this thoughtful production.

James Gilmore: ‘A Brimful of Asha’, could you tell us a little bit more about it?

Ravi Jain: The show stars me and my real life mother, who is not an actress, and in it we tell the story of how, in 2007 my parents tried to arrange my marriage and it went horribly wrong. I was born in Canada, but my Mum was born in India and she immigrated to Canada – and so the show is really us, through the telling of the true story of what happened, dealing with the generational and cultural challenges of straddling two worlds.

James Gilmore: This is based on real life – what was that process like, turning a really difficult time for you, in real life, into a play?

Ravi Jain: When it actually happened it caused a lot of tension in our family – but we spoke a lot about it so we got over it. I saw a show from England where a guy did a show with his father and I thought it was such a brilliant idea and this story feels fitting, and kind of the perfect content, for the form. We got together and started doing it.