Culture bound – September

Culture bound – September

When I started investigating Online Theatre opportunities and reviewing a show a day back on April 1st my intention was to run the project for a month while we shut down for the pandemic. Well, it’s now six months (183 days) later and no end in sight for Covid 19 or my reviewing streak. Theatres keep trembling on the brink of reopening but then further restrictions curtail this eventuality; just a couple of days ago  The Mousetrap, which was set to reopen in mid-October, announced that the shutters will not be coming down after all. So, it looks for now like continuing with the current status quo is inevitable. My thanks go to all the readers/blog followers/responders and commenters who have helped to keep this beast afloat.

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.


Waiting For The Ship To Sail Devised
When The Eye Has Gone Dougie Blaxland
Memoirs Of An Asian Football Casual Riaz Khan adptd. by Dougal Irvine
The Winter’s Tale William Shakespeare
Shielders Matilda Ibini
Three Kings Stephen Beresford
Krapp’s Last Tape Samuel Beckett
The Old Tune Samuel Beckett
The Tempest William Shakespeare
Five Encounters On A Site Called Craigslist Yes Yes No No
Rose Martin Sherman
Backbone Louis Turner
Rockpool Alexander Wiseman
Signs Of Life Hannah Crouch
Blue Moon David Kinder
Heart Of Darkness Joseph Conrad adptd. by Andrew Quick & Pete Brooks
Into The Woods Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine
Look Back In Anger John Osborne
The Mystery Of Charles Dickens Peter Ackroyd
Great Expectations Charles Dickens adptd. by Jo Clifford
Faith Healer Brian Friel
King Lear William Shakespeare
The Boss Of It All Jack McNamara
Billy Elliot Lee Hall & Elton John
The Wind In The Willows George Stiles, Anthony Drewe & Julian Fellowes
Jerry Springer: The Opera Stewart Lee & Richard Thomas
Buried Child Sam Shepard
A Marvellous Party Noel Coward
Letters Devised by Nadia Albina & Tim Crouch
Palm Reading Daniel Bye
Pandemic Fight Carmelita Tropicana
Romantics Anonymous Michael Koman, Christopher Dimond & Emma Rice
Before After Stuart Matthew Price & Timothy Knapman
Sherlock In Homes Devised by Sharp Teeth Company
Death Of A Hunter Rolf Hochhuth
An Idea Come To me Richard Popple
The Phantom Of The Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart & Richard Stilgoe

The rest of the online reviews can be accessed via the index here

Best Of The Bunch

The Old Vic


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