Usher Review

King Lear – Young Vic 2009


Thoughts. Earlier in the week I had been putting together some props for my directing course and Oedipus scene. I had decided on an organic red and yellow building block and sand tray affair – I was feeling rather nervous about introducing my madness to the actors – Continue reading

Appris Par Corps – Mime Festival. 2008


Thoughts: A must for everyone

Appris par corps.

Absolutely – terrific. Breathtaking!! This goes down as one of the best things I’ve seen in ages. Conceived and devised by Frederic Arsenault & Alaxandre Fray – ‘ Un Loup Pour I’Homme’ – which translates to ‘man is to man a wolf’

This was part of the mime festival – it was just beautiful, I had a lump in my throat and they had cheers of appreciation at the end. Continue reading

The reader – Film 2008


Thoughts: What a sad film. Beautifully performed and directed. The tapestry and heart ache of life.

Adaptated by David Hare and directed by Stephen Daldry

Set in the 1950’s. Kate Winslet plays Hanna, who accidentally meets Michael (David Kross), a teenage school boy. They end up Continue reading

Oedipus – Sophocles – National Theatre 2008



The thing I liked most about this production was not the lead part, but Alan Howard – playing the blind Teiresias – what a lovely performance. He’s marvellous to watch, quirky, interesting and slurring his way through the text.

Oedipus by Sophocles – a new version by Frank McGuinness. Continue reading

Middle c – Wapping power station 2008


Thoughts: what an interesting building. Unfortunately Wapping is almost impossible to get to now the London underground is out of action – so a long walk from Tower Hill to the power station. I went to see the video art installation – a 16 minute film based on the sea – Continue reading

Walworth Farce – National Theatre 2008


Thoughts: A masterpiece of madness – though in the first half I wasn’t sure – it’s a farce, though dark. A play performed within a play. Some of the frantic moments of the play, within the play, so to speak, were less interesting than those quieter darker moments of the family shut in a Walworth flat.

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Monkey. Journey to the west – Royal Opera House – 2008


Thoughts: Despite my two tub rating, there were some good points. A young audience which gave the foyers a pop concert buzz and a smile. The idea as a whole which was created by the team behind Gorillaz (Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn), Monkey: Journey to the West, is an opera which premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2007. With lyrics based on ancient Chinese texts and performed in Mandarin.

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