Month: September 2013

Spice up your Autumn and Winter Feasting with Steenbergs Organic

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Dunsinane – Stage Review

We have all had afterthoughts, both in real life and in fictional contexts, in which we might wonder about the ‘what ifs’, or dream up scenarios. We might ponder over a tragedy, or reflect on words. We consider, and not necessarily that intellectually, the changes of historical landscape after a war for example. We worry about totalitarian rule in faraway lands and pain over violent conducts we read about. Some of us may have considered the lives of Tolkien characters and what happened to Middle Earth in the aftermath, or fascinated, and perhaps a little too long, on the endings of films or TV dramas where conclusion has been deliberately left open. Playwright David Greig, author of Dunsinane, admitted that he had been inspired to know what happened after Shakespeare’s famous dictator, Macbeth, had died, and in particular, what happened to his ‘bonkers’ wife afterwards, and so proceeded to write this fascinating play. The tone throughout is atmospheric, sad, and strangely beautiful. The themes Retribution, Symbolism, and Cruelty feature strongly, yet injections of humour balances …

Stage Review of People at The REP (Birmingham Repertory Theatre)

People is Alan Bennett’s sixth play for the National Theatre, and this first tour date, in Birmingham, also marked the reopening of The REP – which, having undergone a massive refurbishment, now forms part of the re-development of the new Library in the city’s centre. This humorous, slightly provocative play by Bennett, working in collaboration with the Director of The National, Nicholas Hytner, is deliciously cheeky; a down-to-earth comedy. The retired, but definitely not the retiring sort, Dorothy Stacpoole (Siân Phillips) is in a dilemma as to what to do best with the estate she owns, which has proved to be a money pit over the years and left her strapped for cash. The house is almost condemned, yet the vultures are circling. She, in the company of, Iris (Brigit Forsyth), have a series of people visit, each with an agenda. An auctioneer; a representative of the National Trust; her own sister the local archdeacon, June (Selina Cadell), and lastly, and somewhat suspiciously in the dark of the night, an old actor friend turned film …

Stage Review – THE PRODIGALS a man had two sons

The Prodigals must have been viewed as an ambitious project to undertake. I do not think I have ever seen a modern tale told with so many competing factions and artistic contribution of separate kinds; in one presentation. So what do we have? Well, one thing is that co-writers, Ray Goudie and Joe Harmston have still managed to have fun despite the serious undercurrent of the story. Scenes alternate between a band of serving men and women being put through grueling training exercises, to Kyle (Greg Oliver) and Kelly (Sarah Watson) performing on stage (while performing on stage) as the musical duo who found fame as The Prodigals, to the regiment doing the job they were trained to do in Afghanistan in true commando spirit; to the grave sending off of a fallen comrade for repatriation, to Kyle’s drug induced visions of the three loony n’loud, pink n’perky air hostesses… and so it goes. In regard to relationship exploration, obviously, the love a father has for each of his sons is under scrutiny; we also …