There were a few things running through my mind when I settled down to watch Cabaret on its third and final night of performance, in what appeared to be a full house at the Union Theatre. The Emcee (Jack Wright) jumped straight into a rendition of “Willkommen”: Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Im Cabaret, au Cabaret, to Cabaret. The first of these was the question: what makes … Continue reading Cabaret

Echo: Review

In her directorial debut for Union House Theatre, Petra Kalive has guided Echo’s strong cast to create a devised work that is both entertaining and thought-provoking. The performance opens with a brief retelling of the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus before moving on to a series of self-contained scenes examining narcissism in contemporary culture. From the first scene the actors establish that high energy … Continue reading Echo: Review

Kissing Booth

Kissing Booth trails the debacles of four university-aged adults as they flock together in awkward get-togethers and interpersonal relationships, which culminate in a shocking conclusion. N.U.D.E.’s first ever production is generally well put together, with the set kept minimal but effectively dressed, and set pieces – especially the cumbersome kissing booth – used economically and cleverly. The production’s stronger moments, such as Ingrid (Rosie Yates) … Continue reading Kissing Booth

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie takes us on a journey through the Roaring Twenties – a decade characterised by its cultural edge and economic prosperity. From the small town of Kansas, Millie Dillmount sets off on an adventure to find herself a job and marry her rich employer. Although an easy plan in theory, Millie struggles with choosing between wealth and love. Overall UMMTA’s revitalisation of the … Continue reading Thoroughly Modern Millie

The Book of Everything

The Book of Everything is a sweet and thoughtfully devised play that shows post-war Amsterdam through the eyes of an overly imaginative nine-year-old. With a cast of just twelve and a set seemingly made of cardboard boxes, young Thomas’ world is immersive as soon as you step into the theatre. Erin Nicholson was endearing in the lead role and did an impressive job conveying the … Continue reading The Book of Everything

Echo: Interview with Petra Kalive

With UHT’s production of Echo opening next week, Chloe Dallas spoke to director Petra Kalive to discuss the show. The play is inspired by the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus. Could you explain the story a little? Narcissus was born a gorgeous child. His mother was told that he would grow up to live a long and healthy life as long as he never … Continue reading Echo: Interview with Petra Kalive

Echo: Interview with Sara Bolch

In the lead-up to UHT’s Echo, Jeanette Tong sat down with cast member Sara Bolch to discuss her involvement in the production and gain some insight into the show. What is Echo about, and why is it relevant? The first 10 minutes is based on Ted Hughes’ adaptation of ‘Echo and Narcissus’ – the poetry is beautiful – and a dramatised version, which had some … Continue reading Echo: Interview with Sara Bolch