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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.

Impossible (Noel Coward Theatre)

10th August 2015 | Theatre

Impossible (Noel Coward Theatre)
Forget pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Forget ill-fitting tuxedos and you can forget ‘Is this your card?’. In Impossible, seven magicians make the top-drawer artform cool again.The show features a wide variety of magic - all using ‘the eight principles of magic’ mentioned at the start.

‘Digital Marvel’ Jamie Allan seems to be offering the most modern kind of magic in the show - so modern, that he’s brought four iPads with him. As well as offering some beautifully visual ‘digital’ magic, his laser act is jaw-droppingly astonishing and was my favourite part of the show.

Ali Cook conjures up some big illusions and a Harry Houdini-style water tank escape. Although I was still entertained by them, Cook seems to be more at home when he is working close-up with a volunteer one-on-one, relayed onto the many screens dotted around the theatre.

The ‘mind-reader who can’t read minds’ (I don’t understand why he’s called that either) Chris Cox, shines as a playful mentalist who even lets one audience member create their own clothing line! It’s hard not to smile whenever Cox is on-stage.

Ben Hart and Luis De Matos both work closely with audience members, often generating the biggest reactions in the show. Hart’s rope routine in act two is a spectacle and his ‘black and white film’ act is a nice idea but doesn’t appear to be fully realised. De Matos’ interactive card trick with the rest of the audience is sure to fool you, it had me scratching my head for long after. Jonathan Goodwin, is most likely to shock you with his stunts (I can’t think of a time when ‘do not try this at home’ has been more important!). Catch ‘Street Magician’ Damien O’Brien in the bar before…