FURIOUS FOLLY: Mark Anderson A 14-18 NOW Commission A very special type of event Alexander Ray Edser looks at a major commission commemorating the 14-18 War.
Timothy Ramsden 3 June 1949 – 7 June 2016 Rod Dungate remembers the work of Founder Co-Editor of ReviewsGate.com, who died 7 June and who was cremated today, 8 July.
Ibsen Museum, Oslo, Norway 3Star*** Ibsenmuseet Henrik Ibsen Gate 26 Open: 15/9 to 14/5 Mon to Wed & Fri to Sun 11-16. Thurs 11 – 18. 15/5 to 14/9 Mon to Sun 11 - 18. Tel 40 02 36 30 www.ibsenmuseet.no Price 100nk ( approx. £10) Reductions for children, seniors and students. Review: Ian Spiby, July 2016 A useful insight into the life of the founder of modern drama
Mayoral elections are coming up in many parts of England. What can a Mayor do to help fund the Arts? Terry Grimley asks this on behalf of the new West Midlands Regional Authority. The article was commisioned by the think tank, Midlands Arts Progressive.
The think-tank Midlands Arts Progressive has compiled eight wuestions for the West Midlands Regional Authority Mayoral Candidates around arts funding in the region. Although West Midlands based they have implications to many areas. See what you think.
What’s in a play? : Alexander Ray Edser discusses this question while also examining how play structure gives clues to the play’s meaning. Thoughts triggered by a handful of current productions. On the way, the word ‘playwright’ is considered. 07 11 14
The Witch of Edmonton - Does it have the right title? Alexander Ray Edser explores how the play's structure reveals the true power of the work.
ReviewsGate's Midland's reviewer, Alan Geary picks out his most memorably moments from 2014. The shows that have had the biggest personal impact in 2014? Difficult; it’s been a great year in Nottingham. And after years of play-going I still take a delight in the same things as ever – fine acting, inventive sets, compelling texts, laughs, elevating ideas; and all right, (non-gratuitous) sex and violence. Aside from amateur productions reviewed elsewhere, three shows in particular linger on the mind, refusing …
Carole Woddis selects a number of plays and gives a special mention to some venues. 2014 BUMPER YEAR? On a programme over Christmas, in BBC2 documentary about an amateur company preparing their panto, an actor commented that he felt `theatre was a dying dinosaur’. Soon it would be no more. Looking back through 2014, though, I’m reminded just how lucky we are in London.
ReviewsGate co-editor, Tim Ramsden, finds that it's still possible to be surprised - and not all the surprises are in London. Being surprised by joy is perpetually possible in theatre.
William Russell looks over 2014, and finds the London small venues powerhouses of creativity. Little theatres have their drawbacks – the seats can be hard, the stairs to the inevitable room above a pub can be precipitous, and the pub itself less than desirable. The drawbacks are, however, frequently offset by what is on offer. Nothing wrong, by the way, about the following venues.
Alexander Ray Edser, reviewing mostly Birmingham and Stratford, selects three productions and one book. I’ve selected four items from my ReviewsGate reviews that have made a specially great impact on me this year – three productions and a book, and the order below is by no means an order of merit.