Sleepless The Musical

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Six Months ago i saw the last musical theatre production that I would see for a while and as the months went by I did not think that I would be able to see any showcase, musical or play for the rest of 2020. However, I was in luck, there is a theatre in Wembley that with a smaller audience that the venue could hold is willing to put on a show.

Troubadour Wembley Theatre is a new venue that has opened up with the ability to show theatre shows. The theatre capacity was about half of what the venue could hold to comply with the government social distancing guidelines. I went by myself and they had many single seats available for people in my situation which was useful. When I got to the venue I had my temperature checked and had to wear my face mask from this point throughout my time in the venue except when I was having a drink. When I went to buy a programme they said they were only accepting contactless payments. There were several tables with the large hand sanatising bottles on them for everyone to use. Social distancing queueing did not really happen when people were waiting to go into the venue and despite there being tape on the floor people were not leaving a lot of space.

Overall I would say that the venue did a good job taking care of the governmental guidelines. I understand that there may not be enough members of staff at the venue to enforce the 6 metre rule when queueing.

The show itself was sweet and moved along at a gentle place. As it has been a while since I have seen the film I enjoyed following the story. There was no particularly catchy song during the show or big show stopping numbers. The entire cast seemed to be giving their all which is always great to see. It is not a show I would feel the need to rush back to see anytime soon but if a friend wanted to go I would go with them.

The audience were a little quiet, maybe the masks muffled the sounds of laughter a bit. There was a reasonable amount of clapping after each of the songs and a few audience members even stood during the bows.

If you are an avid theatre goer who has missed going to the theatre then I would say go and see the show as part of your enjoyment will probably come from being back in a theatre as it may have been a while since you have gone. Also, if you enjoyed the movie you may enjoy the musical as from what I can remember it is pretty true to it.

I would like to say a thank you to the cast, crew and front of house team for being brave enough to put on a show at this time.


Summer and Smoke

Summer and smoke is an interesting play and the words have an element of rhythm to them sometimes.

The way the piano’s are used in this version of the play was very clever, all the piano’s looked and sounded beautiful especially when they were all played together. I was a little sad to see board’s had been taken off the pianos but the way they used the instruments in so many different ways was really interesting to watch. It really proves how much of a versatile instrument piano’s really are.

All the actors did a wonderful job especially all the actors who were playing multiple roles and would instantly chop and change between them.

Both the songs in the show were beautifully written and each one performed with such care and ease. They did not seem to out of place in this adaptation of the play.

If you know a little background about the author of the play you would know he had an over-bearing father which is seen quite frequently in his plays and he also had a sister he was very close to which in this play can be seen with the relationship with a couple of characters.

A Very Very Very Dark Matter

A Very Very Very Dark Matter is an interesting play giving the viewer a different view on a couple writers, namely, Charles Dickens and Hans Christian Anderson.

This was the first time I had the chance to see Jim Broadbent on stage and he did not disappoint at all, a wonderful actor who held the attention most of the time when he was on stage.

The play was very funny and the audience laughed a lot, even though some of the jokes were simple they still gave the audience a proper laugh.

I initially thought that the play would be good mainly for kids but after watching the play I would say that a slightly older audience will appreciate the jokes and message in the play, I feel a younger audience may miss some of the jokes. Though there were a couple of serious messages throughout the play it worked well as a 2 part play performed straight through without an interval.

If you want to see a slightly different play in a modern venue then please give it chance. As with many things, go in open-minded.

The Bridge Theatre is a beautiful new theatre that is very hip. I was sat in the Stalls section and had a clear view and most seats in this area seemed to, even the seat around the stalls appeared to have a clear view. Relatively comfortable seat. The cafe and bar upstairs seemed quite popular as it is a place you could go to hang out or have a meeting even if one was not seeing a show in the venue. The staff were very polite and helpful.

The Wipers Times Play

Watching The Wipers Times I wondered how a play about World War 1 could be so funny and entertaining, yet it was.

The play covers aspects of the first world war which are serious but it is wonderful to see that even in times of such depression and sadness that there were glimpses of light with a slight distraction such as writing a newspaper.

The wonderful writers of the piece Ian Hislop and Nick Newman have both written a wonderful play with wonderful wit.

For a play based on a true story it is very clever how it is put together. The added elements of the music hall which was very popular at the time adds an element of entertainment one might not expect. It is a beautiful tribute to the people who actually created the wipers times during the war and even though as with so many things there were some people who did not agree with the writings it served its main purpose which was to be a cheery distraction for the men fighting such a dreadful war.

If you get the chance I would highly recommend this play and it is one I wold gladly sit through again.

The Height Of The Storm Play

I had the opportunity to see the play The Height of the Storm in the west end recently and I found it to be very thought provoking.
I will not spoil the story for those who have not seen it but it definitely touches on some are of personal life that many people may have experienced themselves. I know elements of it I have seen during my life time and through my family.

The actors in the play were wonderful and brought each character to life in a believable way. There are a few twists in the play which really make you wonder where the play is going and what is real and what is not.

The play have been translated from a French play originally seems to have translated well and even though covering a serious topic there were a few moments of laughter during the play.

As the play is only 1 hour and 30 minutes straight through you do not feel as though you are sitting still for that long. The scene changes are quick and the set is simple which I think helps with the quick scene changes.