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Chiltern Shakespeare Company|
Review: The Taming of the Shrew
Local theatre does not get any better than this! Hall Barn in Beaconsfield is the idyllic setting for this energetic, witty and visually beautiful outdoor production of Taming of the Shrew by the Chiltern Shakespeare Company. It cracks along at a rollicking pace and is utterly captivating from start to finish.
The striking set of an Italian piazza is adorned with pillars, a fountain, a trompe l’oeil of Padua and beautiful plants and benches, a perfect backdrop for the sumptuous and, at times, amusing costumes.
Emily Taylor-Callingham shines as the fiery, hot-blooded and misunderstood Kate. She storms onto the scene and drags us kicking and screaming on her journey, her expressive face capturing everything from indignant rage to great tenderness.
Jamie Kwasnik is impressive as the deliciously arrogant Petrucio, delighting us with his absurd mood swings, childish petulance and bewildering energy as he willfully attempts to tame his shrew.
Jean Warner as Grumio along with the rest of Petrucio’s servants are a joy to watch and provide many of the play’s greatest laughs. But the entire ensemble worked seamlessly as a team to bring one of Shakespeare’s more thought-provoking plays into glorious light.
A special mention to the talented Suzie McPherson who, as well as her vivacious portrayal of Biondello, choreographed all of the movement, fights and lively tussles.
This is a fast-paced, highly physical and comedic production and definitely not one to be missed. If you have not already booked, do not delay!
You can arrive two hours before the show and have a picnic in the enchanting grounds of Hall Barn Estate. Do not let the weather deter you as the audience is safely under cover, but you might want to bring a blanket for later.
The play continues its run today (Wed) until Saturday (June 20) at 8pm with an afternoon matinee at 2pm on Saturday.
Book online at www.chiltern-shakespeare.co.uk or call 08700 66 77 20.
Posted on 18/06/2015
Posted on 17/06/2015
Sweets for Addicts|
Reviews for Hame - Performed 10th - 14th March 2015
The Shed, Shawlands, Glasgow.
Presented by Sweet For Addicts, a community company working with families impacted by drug problems, the play is rough, raw and sometimes sentimental, as old grandad Jimmy O’Donnell suffers a massive stroke, his quiet son Michael tries to help, and his high-flying granddaughter Annmarie returns from her lucrative job in London to visit and becomes drawn in to the referendum Yes campaign. For all its cheesy soap-opera moments and long blackouts between short scenes, though, Hame tackles some of the realities of Scottish life over the past year with an energy that often seems to elude better-funded companies. There are rows about the referendum, crises over Jimmy’s homecare, a touching recovery powered by the soft Irish singing of one of his carers, and a cast of 12 all working hard to deliver a thoughtful story of Glasgow life now. At the heart of the play, there are two gorgeous performances from Eve Menzies and Gill McGowan as Annmarie and her friend Kirsty; two young Glasgow women from different traditions glimpsing the chance of a new Scotland, while the older generation stand by counselling caution, or mourning lost glories.
Seen on 10.03.15
Reviewed by Joyce McMillan - The Scotman Newspaper
Posted on 01/06/2015
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