Movie Musicals – An Evening of Stars

Post-performance review of performing in DMT’s Movie Musicals Concert.  Photos by Emily Holmes. The Preparation After the positive buzz created from DMT’s production of Jekyll and Hyde, it was a pleasure to return for more. The concert’s format was the brainchild of Lucy Upward, who like many others hadn’t performed solos for the group before. … Read More

Out of the Darkness

Post-production review of performing in DMT’s production of Jekyll & Hyde. Feature photo of Spider and some of the Prostitutes from the Red Rat Show week is always an intense experience, which is usually a mixture of emotions, adrenalin and endurance.  The people around you are so important in making that experience not only bearable … Read More

Escape to the Dark Side

Preview as DMT prepares to performs Jekyll and Hyde Photo taken from DMT publicity History It was originally a book published in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson called The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in which London lawyer Gabriel John Utterson investigates the strange link between his friend Dr Jekyll and the … Read More

Reviewing Hamilton (West End)

Rise Up! Every so often, there comes a musical whose popularity, originality and style sets it apart and it defines a decade as well as transcending its own time. Think the grand epics of Les Mis and Phantom in the 1980s, the gritty, bohemian hit Rent in the 1990s, or the green and yellow dazzle … Read More

Reviewing Sondheim’s Follies

The Art of Staying in Character Cover image from the National Thetre’s 2017 production of Sondheim’s Follies I had the pleasure of watching Dominic Cooke’s professional production of Sondheim’s musical Follies this month at the National Theatre in London. As a spectacle and a production it was astoundingly good. The very open set comprised of … Read More

Reviewing Puss in Boots

I was very pleased to be asked to review Tessitoura’s latest production. If you’re anything like me, then you will be a bit sketchy on the story of Puss in Boots and get it mixed up with other storybook cats and that version of Puss in Boots from a popular an animated movie franchise. Like … Read More

Playing Strephon

This week, I have the pleasure of performing with White Horse Opera in Market Lavington School, outside of Devizes in Wiltshire.  The group are performing Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri. First performed in 1882, the story is of a fairy who married a mortal and what then happens when fairy … Read More

Playing Doctor Bartolo

A post-production review:  Opera with a pinch of improvisation! Photo courtesy of Dajana Kovac. It is said that the best way to move on from one project is to start another and that was certainly the case after performing in TITCo’s production of Into the Woods. With Tessitoura’s production of Barber of Seville I had … Read More

Playing Doctor Bartolo

This week, I will perform with Tessitoura, a Bristol-based opera company that performs in unique spaces with a small but very talented group of singers and musicians.  This project is Rossini’s masterpiece, The Barber of Seville (1816). It follows the fortunes of The Count Almaviva, Rosina, Doctor Bartolo, Don Basilio to name but a few. … Read More