Scott Stroman’s composition feels heavily influenced by Bernstein, particularly West Side Story. Indeed, Fever Pitch has a number of themes that coincide with the lovers Romeo & Juliet – the devotion between Gooner (Robin Bailey) and his beloved football team, Arsenal; the battle between supporters at a derby match; the heartache and heartbreak that comes with great love stories. Highbury Opera Theatre’s latest production charts the journey that a fanatical supporter embarks upon from the moment he falls in love with this team of choice – a relationship that lasts through thick and thin to the detriment of all else.
The Revlon Girl opens with an evocative soundscape in pitch black, the audience experiencing an impending sense of doom as the slurry of colliery waste slides down the hill and buries part of the town of Aberfan. It’s 1966 – the colliery waste disaster kills 144 people, 116 of them children in a primary school at the bottom of the hill. Cut to eight months later, four women assembling for a lesson in make-up by a Revlon girl (Antonia Kinlay). But Neil Anthony Docking’s The Revlon Girl is so much more than a cosmetics tutorial – it’s a wonderfully emotional therapy session for the mothers and a captivating, heart-breaking production for the audience.
It has been three weeks since I left the bubble that is Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 to return to the much larger bubble that is London. And ironically, the manic, fast-paced lifestyle of living in the capital is a relaxing break from the utter madness that was Edinburgh for the month of August.
As the ultimate experiment of the Turing Test, which examines whether a machine can exhibit behaviour indistinguishable from a human, The Test takes the concept of Artificial Intelligence to another level. Ian Dixon Potter’s thought-provoking script sees computer scientist Dora (Natasha Killam) create consciousness and watch as the resultant ‘Mother’ (Zara Banks) takes it upon itself to intercede in the general state of human affairs. This is a well-researched, philosophical play with thought-provoking consequences.
The exciting cast have now been announced for the first London revival in over 20 years of Insignificance by two-time Olivier Award winner Terry Johnson. Alice Bailey Johnson, Simon Rouse, Tom Mannion and Oliver Hembrough will bring this hilarious and bittersweet comedy to life on stage at the Arcola Theatre.