Review: A Christmas Carol

I think the term ‘like stepping back in time’ is overused, especially when describing anything vaguely not from the modern world. However, for A Christmas Carol, read by Pip Utton as Charles Dickens, it seems wholly appropriate. It is a play not set in our time, nor specifically the Victorian era. Rather, it seems to…

Review: The Correspondents & Krafty Kuts @ Exeter Phoenix

I rushed into the venue 10 minutes late and found myself on an empty dance floor. In the shadows was a lone DJ, not mentioned in the program, who I had never before heard of. As someone who was expecting Krafty Kuts, or even The Correspondents straight out of the gate, being taken to one…

Review: Dogfight

Peter Duchan’s Dogfight is by no means an easy musical to tackle. The best way to describe it would be a play with an identity crisis, its complexity making it difficult to align with a particular genre. Dogfight tells the tale of a group of American marines on the eve of shipment to fight in…

Review: The Kite Runner at Exeter Northcott

The Kite Runner tells the story of Amir, a writer living in San Francisco, who fled the Soviet regime in Afghanistan as a child. Adapted from Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel of the same name, this coming of age story follows Amir from his happy childhood as the son of a wealthy business man in Kabul,…

Review: Twelfth Night (or What You Will)

Sun and Moon Theatre’s fantastic production of Twelfth Night: A display of the importance of retaining hope and laughter in the darkest of times From the offset, this production of Twelfth Night is poignant like few others. A beautifully performed combination of war-time tunes and Christmas classics introduce the play, but Viola sits in a…

Interview: Artistic Directors of the Sun and Moon Theatre Company

This week Razz had the great privilege of interviewing Melissa Barrett and David Johnson, Artistic Directors of the Sun and Moon Theatre Company, Exeter Alumni, and play the lead roles of Viola and Sebastian in their latest production of Twelfth Night. 1. For people that are unfamiliar with the play, could you give a quick…

Review: Ballet Boyz – Fourteen Days

The concept behind ‘fourteen days’ is simple – four choreographers are paired up with four composers and are given fourteen days to create new pieces of dance and music, all centred around the concept of balance and imbalance. This experiment in the artistic process formed the first half of the performance, and the results are…

Review: Dardanus

The English Touring Opera has brought to this country, for the first time, Rameau’s 1744 Dardanus. This is the revised version, the ‘Critic’s Cut’, following the scathing reviews of the earlier 1739 Paris premiere. Entirely reworking the libretto of the final three acts, the later version of the work not only provides a narrative continuity…

Review: People, Places & Things

People, Places & Things is an intense 2 ½ hour tumble through a world of addiction, depression and atonement, chasing broken actor Emma (or is it Sarah? Or Nina?) as she tries to navigate today’s instability and chaos. Following a sold-out season at the National Theatre and extended season on London’s West End, People, Places…

Review: Spamalot

I’ve loved Monty Python for as long as I can remember. It’s exactly my sort of humour: ridiculous, silly, absurd, yet witty and imaginative. I had high expectations when I went to see Spamalot, a musical largely based on the Holy Grail. Fortunately, it did not disappoint. As a long-time Python fan, I found myself…

Review: The Weir

“It’s Ophelia” the man behind me whispered as The Weir opened with the sound of wind whipping across the stage. This English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester co-production certainly chose an atmospheric night for its opening at the Exeter Northcott. Featuring a similar stormy night, Conor McPherson’s The Weir tells the story of what…