Category: London

Bleach – Vault Festival, London

Armed with a Quicksilver backpack he’s owned since school and
a pair of white briefs from Selfridges (because in his line of work… “A nice
arse his everything”), Tyler Everett (Dan Ireland-Reeves) is doing well for
himself as a London Rent Boy. He understands that “Saturday nights are lonely
nights” and his schedule is fully booked with clients all over London. Tyler is
confident, he thinks he is good at his job and enjoys his hedonistic,
drug-fuelled lifestyle. After all, what’s the point in going to work if you
don’t enjoy your job?! Tyler wants to be made a headline, he wants to be work
place gossip… Maybe he will be when that one trick turns to pure horror!!

In this solo performance, Writer and Performer
Ireland-Reeves presents an open, honest and visually stimulating representation
of the London sex scene loaded with coarse language and hyper-sexualised and at
times uncomfortable content. On paper Bleach is  ground-breaking theatre, the script is
refreshing; realistic and believable. Tyler tells us: “This is me. This is my
story. Make of it what you will. I just want you to hear it”, but unfortunately
Ireland-Reeves’ performance seemed to miss the mark and let the play down.

Ireland-Reeves is certainly a strong, physically attractive
young actor who gave a valiant and brave effort to portray the Rent Boy’s story
to the Vault Festival audience. However, his character ownership was somewhat unconvincing
during this performance. It’s a shame that he seemed to stumble and stutter his
way through the dialogue at several points, distracting from the bravado needed
for the confident, city-wise Tyler. In addition, the use of the space and prop
transitions appeared under-rehearsed and awkward. This is somewhat surprising
as Bleach has been performed widely at venues across Europe on a square stage
that accommodates no more than 2-3 steps in any direction.

It’s important to acknowledge that this is an award-winning
play, so let’s give the benefit of the doubt to Ireland-Reeves for some errors
during this performance and hope that the rest of the run continues to pick up
pace and please audiences as Bleach is well worth seeing.

Bleach is presented as part of the Vault Festival
2019 and runs until 10th February 2019.

Reviewer: Alan Stuart Malin

Reviewed: 7th February 2019    

This review was originally written for North West End. North West End Rating: ★★★

http://northwestend.co.uk/index.php/professional-reviews/london/3927-bleach-vault-festival-london

London Theatre News: Pleasance Theatre Trust a…

London Theatre News: Pleasance Theatre Trust announce new partnership with VAULT Festival

http://www.chloenelkinconsulting.com/news/pleasance-theatre-trust-announce-new-partnership-with-vault-festival

Bohemian, outlandish, isolated: Illyria is a…

Bohemian, outlandish, isolated: Illyria is a land where everyone has lost something in a world reeling in the wake of war. Viola is washed ashore. In a bid to survive this mysterious ethereal land, she disguises herself as Cesario to serve the solitary Duke Orsino. What follows is a tale of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, leading to a complex love triangle and the near destruction of all propriety!
The Watermill, renowned for its bold, progressive and collaborative approach to Shakespeare, re-imagines Twelfth Night in the hedonistic 1920s, where prohibition is rife. Fused with innovative staging and actor musicianship, the radical spirit of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald collides with the contemporary influence of Postmodern Jukebox.
Following a hugely successful UK and international tour and fuelled by energetic jazz music, the ensemble reunite to create a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare’s perfect play.
“A jazz club seems the perfect setting for Twelfth Night given the play’s obsession with music, love and excess. Featuring live music performed by our multi-talented company, the soundtrack will be 1920’s influenced with a modern twist.”  Paul Hart, Director

Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit mu…

Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical comes to London direct from Broadway for a strictly limited season. ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.

This exhilarating musical features some of the most iconic pops songs of the era, including ‘Rhythm is Gonna Get You’, ‘Conga’, ‘Get On Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Want To Lose You Now’ and ‘1-2-3’. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).

Winner of 26 Grammy awards, Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Emilio Estefan is a founding member of the pioneering Miami Sound Machine, who created a brand new Latin crossover sound – fusing infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco.

shakespearesglobeblog: Love’s Labour’s Lost in…

shakespearesglobeblog:

Love’s Labour’s Lost in production.

Director Nick Bagnall brings Shakespeare’s rarely performed play to life in a world of wonder. Join the King of Navarre, the Princess of France and all their friends as they navigate this fairy tale in our jewel box theatre.

Love’s Labour’s Lost is in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until 15 September 2018.

Photography by Marc Brenner.

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford E…

Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nadia Fall, today announces her inaugural season, beginning this September.

The season opens with The Village, a new adaptation of Lope de Vega’s masterpiece Fuenteovejuna by April de Angelis. A powerful play about community and solidarity, Fall directs the production in homage to Joan Littlewood, who staged the production at Theatre Royal Stratford East under the title The Sheepwell in 1955. Transported to contemporary India and with a renewed poignancy, Fall’s first production opens on 13 September.

October sees the return of Cassa Pancho’s hugely popular Ballet Black, who as part of their partnership with the theatre return for their third consecutive year with a new Double Bill.

This is followed by the European première of Sarah DeLappe’s award-winning debut play The Wolves which premièred in 2016 in the US. Directed by Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, Ellen McDougall, The Wolves opens on 30 October.

Matthew Xia returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East, having previously directed here as well as being a member of the theatre’s young company, to direct the much-loved annual pantomime opening in December. Staying true to its critically acclaimed tradition, Sleeping Beauty, with the Book by Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton with Music and Lyrics byRobert Hyman will also feature original songs.

In the new year, Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth’s production of The Unreturning has its London première when it comes to Stratford as part of the show’s UK tour. Written by Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting winner Anna Jordan and directed by Frantic Assembly Associate Director Neil Bettles, the production celebrates the 10th anniversary of Frantic Assembly’s Ignition training programme, of which Theatre Royal Stratford East has been a partner.

Get your tickets at www.stratfordeast.com

Open from April until the end of September, …

Open from April until the end of September, Underbelly Festival Southbank brings the best in live circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment to the heart of London. We’ve got an amazing line-up of shows in an amazing city-centre, pop-up festival world. You can enjoy international street food, after work drinks in one of London’s largest outdoor bars and a true festival atmosphere on the banks of the Thames.

Get your tickets here: http://www.underbellyfestival.com

VAULT Festival was created in 2012 around a …

VAULT Festival was created in 2012 around a triangle of the audience, the artists, and the staff. With contributions from Silent Opera, future Fringe First-winners Katie Bonna & Richard Marsh and several others, an exciting artist-led programme began to emerge, playing to 7,500 people.

It is London’s biggest arts festival, and from January 24th, hundreds of new shows, events and performances will explode across our Waterloo home.

Eight undiluted weeks of entertainment for London. From top notch comedy to thrilling drama, from table-top stomping music to an eye-popping film selection.

Check out what’s on here: https://vaultfestival.com/whats-on/

When the audience become diners in the ‘Faulty…

When the audience become diners in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant, pretty much anything can happen – because two-thirds of the show is improvised. The fun starts as guests wait to be seated. It then hurtles along in a 2-hour tour de force of gags and shambolic service as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a ‘70s-style 3-course meal together with a good dollop of mayhem. Expect the unexpected!

Internationally acclaimed, the show was born in Brisbane in 1997 as a loving tribute to the BBC’s best-loved sitcom. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have seen it since. Today, ten teams of cast working from England and Australia tour around 20 countries a year. The show is also into its fifth year in London’s West End, where it holds TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for three years running.

‘Faulty Towers the Dining Experience will feed your need for world-class comedy, nourish your soul with howling laughter and have you begging the hotel staff to extend your stay.’ Perth Now, Fringe World 2016

‘5* rollercoaster entertainment’ Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe 2015

* Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is a loving tribute to Fawlty Towers the TV series written by John Cleese and Connie Booth. Their original TV scripts are not used in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience.

Get your tickets here: http://www.torquaysuitetheatre.com/tickets_london.html

Our Home: A History of Bankside, LondonTour Guide and Exhibition…

Our Home: A History of Bankside, London

Tour Guide and Exhibition Assistant Jon Kaneko-James explores what the area of Bankside would have been like in Shakespeare’s time.


The Globe is a work of beautiful and almost impossible dedication, the result of a mission to reconstruct the best possible version of a timber-framed 16th century amphitheatre and to explore what that building would do to and for performance. Built with the time and money of a dedicated group of supporters, it sits framed by trees next to Tate Modern. 

The area has moved on around it. Just as the King’s Pike Garden became warehouses which became Shakespeare’s Globe, the Victorian buildings of the Bankside have become bars and eateries. New buildings replaced old. Breweries became apartment buildings.

However, for a few decades in the 16th and 17th centuries, The Bankside – a handful of streets between what is now London Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge – was alive with a strange mixture of industry and entertainment. 

From the start, Bankside was where London put things it needed, but didn’t want. The city might have been covered in a perpetual pall of smoke, but there were things that even Londoners didn’t want for a neighbour: dyers, creating their pigments by fermenting ingredients in urine; sulphur workers; mercury boiling – important both for hats and medicine; tanners; brewers; soap makers and paint makers. 

These businesses would have rubbed shoulders with the amphitheatres and other, more violent, entertainments of Shakespeare’s world. Park Street, now a mixture of offices and housing, would have been Maiden Lane. A visitor to The Globe on a show day afternoon would have turned onto the street with the Monger Brewery on their left and commercial pike fisheries to their right. The Globe and Rose playhouses would have been surrounded by tanneries, dyers and glassworks. 

Alarmingly, for a modern person, plays would have been disrupted by the roars of bears in the local baiting arenas: buildings in similar style to the Globe and Rose, but used for blood sport between animals. Fliers for celebrity bears like Old Harry and George Stone would have papered the area, with occasional glimpses of the animals being wrangled from the bear sheds on what is now the street Bear Gardens, to nearby baiting houses like the Davies amphitheatre and the Hope. 

The way home would have either been a dark, hazardous journey across London Bridge, under the heads of those who had offended Elizabeth I, or the slightly more pleasant experience of a ferry ride, leaving behind the smells and noises of the Bankside for the claustrophobic overcrowding of the smoke-haunted city of London. 

The Bankside Tour explores the sights and culture of Shakespeare’s Bankside. Tours depart every half an hour from the Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition on matinee afternoons.

Read more blogs by our Guided Tours & Exhibition staff

Words: Jon Kaneko-James

Photo: From William Smith’s MS. of the Description of England, c. 1580 – The Project Gutenberg eBook, Shakespearean Playhouses, by Joseph Quincy Adams, Wikimedia