Jennifer Marsden, the creator of Knights of the Rose, is a qualified barrister, yet she has always been interested in theatre. She began writing Knights of the Rose over eight years ago. Here she shares her love for poetry, verse, rock music and, most of all, theatre.
The stage adaptation of the Baz Luhrmann classic is everything you expect this show to be: camp, glittery, fun, and maybe just a little bit trite.
London’s Piccadilly Theatre transports us to the glitzy world of 1980s Australia, complete with lycra, sequins, leg warmers, fake tan, and roller-skates, as dancing protégé Scott Hastings battles with his desire to break free of the chains of the dancing federation and dance the steps he wants to with the girl he wants to dance with.
Twang!! The Musical, originally written by Lionel Bart and Harvey Orkin in 1965 is now showing at the Union Theatre. An adapted version has been rewritten by Julian Woolford and Richard John (my review here.) Its director, Bryan Hodgson, shares his intrigue in Robin Hood and his Merry Men, and the production’s journey so far in the all-singing and all-dancing Sherwood Forest.
Fly back in time on the back of a kite with chimney sweeps dancing on the rooftops of London. Follow a curious bear, with a particular fondness for honey, on his adventures with a little piglet. Then, swing from tree to tree with apes and giant orangutans singing the words “I wanna be like you.” These childhood images are none other than the great works of Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964), Winnie-the-Pooh (1966) and The Jungle Book (1967). What makes these works truly magical are the musical scores and lyrics its creators, Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman (aka the “Sherman Brothers“), bestowed upon them.
(There are spoilers in this review.)
Who enjoys a spoonful of sugar and a healthy dose of bitchiness any day of the week? Okay, don’t raise your hands up, all at once. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there with cut-throat egotists and competitive divas willing to dispose of the bodies of their enemies (and frenemies) to get the number one spot.
Step out of your comfort zone
A few common ethoses used for challenging oneself are: Try something new, get out of your comfort zone or experience something different. This is precisely what I did when I was invited to the press night of Barn Theatre’s new inaugural production of Marsha Norman’s musical The Secret Garden. I have never been to the Cotswolds or Cirencester before. It is very rare indeed for me to see a theatre production outside of the city. (It’s bad, I know.)
Within the last two weeks 2018 has come into full swing. There’s been so many news bulletins from the opera, theatre and the classical music world that I’ve decided to break down the theatre news into one blog post and bring you opera and classical music news tomorrow in another post. Enjoy!