Culture bound – July

With August 1st set as the day when theatres would be allowed to reopen for indoor performances, the date seemed personally providential. This would be exactly four months after I began my odyssey of online theatre reviewing so perhaps an ideal time to start winding down proceedings as physical theatres began the journey to recovery. However, the eleventh hour announcement yesterday that this event has been postponed for at least another fortnight means that I have had a rethink and shall, for the time being, continue to promote, report on and review this particular trend. I’ve now reached reviews of 145 online shows (at least one a day for the last sixteen weeks) and my curated and regularly updated Theatre Online list has been accessed over 2,000 times; it’s been, rather surprisingly, a busy few months and July was no exception.

In the circumstances it seems inappropriate to offer star ratings for theatre productions as the same criteria simply cannot apply. However – all shows received a full review. Click on titles to access them.

Theatre

Talking Heads (1) Alan Bennett
Waiting For Hamlet David Visick
Watson: The Final Problem Arthur Conan Doyle adptd. by Bert Coules
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Symmetrical Mailshot CtrlAlt_Repeat from a story by Sid Phoenix
Les Blancs Lorraine Hansberry
Talking Heads (2) Alan Bennett
Lungs Duncan Macmillan
Oedipussy Spymonkey and Carl Grosse
Toast Nigel Slater (adpt. by Henry Filloux-Bennett)
Talking Heads (3) Alan Bennett
“Dr Whom?” My Search For Samuel Johnson David Benson
Lockerbie: Unfinished Business David Benson
The Deep Blue Sea Terence Rattigan
Mood Music Joe Penhall
Guantanamo Boy Dominic Hingorani adptd. from Anna Perera
her Dominic Hingorani
The Tailor-Made Man Claudio Macor
Othello William Shakespeare
The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe
Within Joseph Furey
Great Apes Will Self adpt. by Patrick Marmion
Amadeus Peter Shaffer
Jigsy Tony Staveacre
I Cinna (The Poet) Tim Crouch
The Merchant Of Venice William Shakespeare
The Chairs Eugene Ionesco
As Waters Rise Ben Weatherill
Writing The Climate Various
Approaching Empty Ishy Din
Time Of Your Life Gecko Theatre
Institute Gecko Theatre
Carousel Rogers & Hammerstein
The Persians Aeschylus
The Evidence Chamber Rachel Briscoe
Jane Clegg St. John Ervine
What I Heard About The World Third Angel & mala voadora
The Taming Of The Shrew William Shakespeare
Place Prints 1 – 4 David Rudkin
The Secret Love Life Of Ophelia Steven Berkoff
Talking Heads (1) Alan Bennett
Waiting For Hamlet David Visick
Watson: The Final Problem Arthur Conan Doyle adptd. by Bert Coules
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Symmetrical Mailshot CtrlAlt_Repeat from a story by Sid Phoenix
Les Blancs Lorraine Hansberry
Talking Heads (2) Alan Bennett
Lungs Duncan Macmillan
Oedipussy Spymonkey and Carl Grosse
Toast Nigel Slater (adpt. by Henry Filloux-Bennett)
Talking Heads (3) Alan Bennett
“Dr Whom?” My Search For Samuel Johnson David Benson
Lockerbie: Unfinished Business David Benson
The Deep Blue Sea Terence Rattigan
Guantanamo Boy Dominic Hingorani adptd. from Anna Perera
her Dominic Hingorani
The Tailor-Made Man Claudio Macor
Othello William Shakespeare
The Tell-Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe
Within Joseph Furey
Great Apes Will Self adpt. by Patrick Marmion
Amadeus Peter Shaffer
Jigsy Tony Staveacre
I Cinna (The Poet) Tim Crouch
The Merchant Of Venice William Shakespeare
The Chairs Eugene Ionesco
As Waters Rise Ben Weatherill
Writing The Climate Various
Approaching Empty Ishy Din
Time Of Your Life Gecko Theatre
Institute Gecko Theatre
Carousel Rogers & Hammerstein
The Persians Aeschylus
The Evidence Chamber Rachel Briscoe
Jane Clegg St. John Ervine
What I Heard About The World Third Angel & mala voadora
The Taming Of The Shrew William Shakespeare
Place Prints 1 – 4 David Rudkin
The Secret Love Life Of Ophelia Steven Berkoff

Books

The Ten (Food) Commandments and Wasted Calories and Ruined Nights by Jay Rayner. Two short books with the acerbic and amusing opinions of the food critic ****

 Best Of the Bunch – Amadeus

Amadeus

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