Entertaining Mr Sloane from London Classic Theatre at Derby Theatre tells the story of a young man, the titular Sloane, who finds his way into the life of lonely, sequestered Kath; her controlling brother Ed and her father: sidelined, yet the only one seemingly able to see through Sloane’s charm. As Sloane embeds himself in their lives, he begins to take advantage of the competing attentions of Kath and Ed yet as the young interloper looks set to monopolise on the situation the cunning of his benefactors threatens to undermine his cosy position. Continue reading
Having been invited to Derby Theatre’s new Green Lane rehearsal studios to watch Kes in its final production stages, I had a chance to speak to some of the cast including Luke Broughton who takes on multiple roles and Paul Clarkson, who plays the Headteacher. Continue reading
Nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Stoney Wood in Wirksworth but wrapped tight in waterproofs and blankets; to begin with the weather was working against us. Overcast and chilly with claims of 90 mph gale force winds preventing the play from taking place on the majestic Star Disc. Things didn’t look good. But we hunkered down at the base of the hill (which was still beautiful) where we were sheltered from the wind; the rain that threatened never came and 1623 Theatre Company put on an enjoyable evening for the family in their presentation of Midsummer Magic.
Artistic differences, romantic friction, family coming together and peeling apart; Chekhov’s The Seagull at Derby Theatre is a heavy duty play – high on subtext, fourth wall breaking and very, very meta. It’s arguably a difficult play and potentially pretentious but this version is bolstered by Headlong whose attempts to modernise aren’t a trite change of props and clothing but an invigorating shot of vitality. Continue reading
A Live Theatre Newcastle and National Theatre co-production, The award winning Pitmen Painters touring at Derby Theatre is a heartfelt, endearing play from Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, Cooking With Elvis) based on the real life Ashington miners. The play tells the tale of a group of men who stumble their way into an art appreciation class and despite a lack of formal training or any real love for art start to become… famous. Continue reading
Welcome to Thebes at Derby Theatre sees ancient Greek tragedy married to modern third-world politicking. Occasionally the two walk hand-in-hand but more often in this production, they are at odds: wordy – speechifying one second and cussing up a storm (oh god the swearing) the next; blind oracles and AK-47s: it makes for a cumbersome beast and I fear that University of Derby Theatre Arts may have bitten off more than they can chew. Continue reading