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Category : Reviews

21 Feb 2018

review of bad jews

by Patrick Neylan Bad Jews is a comedy, as you’d expect from those perennial comedy tropes: death, Zionism and the Holocaust. The set-up is simple: Holocaust survivor Poppy has died, and the family has gathered for his funeral. Into a New York hotel room are squeezed prickly, zealous Diana – who prefers to go by the Hebrew variant Daphna – and her cousin Jonah. Jess Jenner’s Daphna is a whirlwind of manipulation as she bullies Jonah – played by Robert […]

05 Feb 2018

review of private lives

by richard stewart Right everyone, put down the mince pies and sherry: it’s time for a brand-new year at Bromley Little Theatre. The 2018 season has officially begun and brings with it another set of shows from your favourite North Street bakery-turned-playhouse. 2018 is looking to be a year themed on ‘family’: a casual glance down the season and nearly every play seems to be about sisters, parents, wives, husbands, relationships among friends and every other possible combination. It only […]

18 Dec 2017

review of treasure island from remotegoat!

We were pleased to welcome remotegoat to BLT last week to see Treasure Island and they gave us 4 stars! Well done to everyone involved! Here is their review.    

18 Dec 2017

review of treasure island

By Paul Campion (to see the review of this show by remotegoat click here) “Girls need adventures too, Mrs Hawkins”  Just as Charles Dickens invented the modern idea of Christmas with ‘A Christmas Carol’, with ‘Treasure Island’ Robert Louis Stevenson pretty much invented the modern idea of pirates.  Parrots…wooden legs… tricorn hats… treasure maps marked with an ‘x’… swordfights…grog….they all featured in Stevenson’s original 1883 novel and continue to define all things piratical to this very day. But ‘Treasure Island’ […]

29 Nov 2017

review of talking heads

by Arthur Rochester When November’s planned production of Hedda Gabler had to be replaced, Pauline Armour’s choice of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads could be described as inspired. Originally written for nineteen-eighties television, these monologues are ideally suited to live performance in a small auditorium and, on the evening I attended, received one of the most enthusiastic responses I can recall at BLT for some time. Straight from directing what she described as ‘a cast of thousands’ in Great Britain, Pauline, sharing […]

28 Nov 2017

Review of DNA

by Nikki Packham I didn’t know this play at all and avoided Google, so I had no idea what to expect.  I love BLT Bar Shows because, as you enter this intimate space, you have the first flavour of the piece before it even starts.  Friday night was no exception.  The full floor acting area between the pillars was a carpet of leaves and Tony Jenner had turned the pillars themselves into tree trunks, decorated with branches, cleverly fixed to […]

12 Nov 2017

Review of Great Britain

by Taylor Green Richard Bean’s 2015 satirical play Great Britain takes us back to the Fleet Street of the tabloids of ten to fifteen years ago, just before various “dark arts” were exposed, and when mobile phones were still a novelty. In those days publicists arranged who was and who was not in the papers, celebrity bins were rummaged, and personal details were blagged from banks. The tabloids had corrupt relationships with both the police and politicians. They were all […]

18 Oct 2017

Review of ‘Jezebel’

By Arthur Rochester Originally performed in Dublin and then at London’s Soho Theatre, Mark Cantan’s play gives an ironic makeover to the modern sex comedy, brilliantly funny without salaciousness. It centres around the relationship between two young professional people, from their first innuendo-laden encounter at a business meeting, to the point where, a few months later, they decide to spice up their waning sex-life by recruiting a compliant third person to engage in a ‘threesome’. Their choice falls on the […]

04 Oct 2017

Review of Four Nights in Knaresborough

Review by Nomi Bailey The challenge and scope for a playwright when producing an historical drama is that when working in a well-known historical framework, because of the lack of contemporary literature their imagination comes to the fore. Set after the murder of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in December 1170, Paul Webb’s play explores the aftermath for the four Knights who committed the deed on the orders of Henry II, who then tried to absolve himself by saying […]

05 Aug 2017

Review of ‘Arabian Nights’

By Laura Ings Self It has become apparent from their appearances in main house shows over the last couple of seasons that the BLT Youth Group hosts some very talented members. Arabian Nights clearly demonstrated that this talent is not limited to one or two members and indeed showcased some of the brilliant talent being nurtured by leader-directors Jessica-Ann Jenner, Richard Stewart and Hazal Han. Many of the stories of the Arabian Nights are familiar to us, but some, I […]