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26 Apr 2017

Review of ‘Power’

By Taylor Green This play tells the story of Louis, a young king of France who decides that he wants to rule personally. As such, it is a play about the art of politics. The title of Nick Dear’s play is aptly chosen. For Louis to take power he has to escape the domination of his mother, out-manoeuvre one ambitious politician and keep another at a safe distance. And all this is to be done when the state is weak […]

09 Apr 2017

Review of ‘Double Top’

By Peter Yolland ‘Double Top’ was originally written for the Hull Truck Theatre Company. However, this production amounted to a world premiere as the author Ron Rose kindly agreed to revise certain scenes specially for BLT. Set in the North of England, the play revolves around Marie, a recent graduate who sets up a research project with her lecturer Rob – with whom she has an extracurricular liaison – acting as her mentor. Marie’s project is to be based around […]

23 Mar 2017

Review of ‘Jumpy’

By Laura Ings Self There seems to be a rather pleasing theme running through BLT’s 2017 season where strong women and the pursuit of feminism are at the forefront of several narratives. April de Angelis’ Jumpy is no exception – rather it is the ringleader, flying the feminist flag with zeal. Director Colleen Batson’s take on the script draws out each of the different threads of the play’s feminist manifesto as we follow central character Hilary (Julie Binysh) and her […]

25 Feb 2017

Review of ‘The Heresy Of Love’

By Patrick Neylan As is often the case with serious plays, the interval talk was all about the set. Jan Greenhough’s austere, stuccoed and sensitively lit setting, offset by a stained-glass window, was a perfect metaphor for the heroine: a tiny lantern of colour amid the bleakness of religious zealotry and political manoeuvring. I wasn’t fully convinced by the script. On the page, Helen Edmundson’s story of Sister Juana, a playwright/poet nun pitted against the church in 17th Century Mexico, […]

25 Feb 2017

Review of ‘Colder Than Here’

By Richard Stewart Like letters from HMRC, it is a certainty that we are all going to die. It is a curiously human thing to be aware and conscious of our own eventual end, and much in the way of culture and thought is devoted to the subject. Laura Wade’s Colder than Here doesn’t aspire to lofty philosophical musings on life and ‘what lies after’, but its depiction of a family dealing with and preparing for the inevitable loss of […]

25 Feb 2017

Review of ‘The 39 Steps’

By Paul Campion While queuing for the loos during the interval, I overheard a couple of audience members expressing surprise that BLT’s production of The 39 Steps had turned out to be a comedy, not the straight thriller they were expecting. Given that Patrick Barlow’s hilarious adaptation spent nine record-breaking years at the Criterion theatre in the West End, this seems a mite odd. Nevertheless, they were also heard to declare that despite this surprise, they were enjoying the show […]

31 Jan 2017

‘Into the Woods’ Review

Read the Sardines’ review of our December production here.

31 Dec 2016

Review of ‘Into The Woods’

By Matt Sharp It’s difficult to know where to start when constructing a review to fully appreciate the hard work, commitment and all-round amazement of over 30 members of the cast and crew in an 800-word document. In short, this performance was a stunning, well-constructed piece of Musical Theatre, which everyone involved should feel unmentionable pride in. I urge the entire company, cast and crew to know that you were phenomenal. Here at Bromley Little Theatre we are renowned for […]

01 Dec 2016

Review of ‘Foxfinder’

By Laura Ings Self In many ways Dawn King’s Foxfinder is the perfect play for the BLT bar. Set in a dystopian future, it is a dark tale filled with intrigue and the unsettling sensation that the characters are not always being completely honest. The idea of a futuristic Big Government closely monitoring its citizens feels eerily replicated by the audience in close quarters, almost breathing down the actors’ necks. In other ways, however, the play provided challenges in the […]

01 Dec 2016

Review of ‘Kindertransport’

By Arthur Rochester Since its first performance at Soho’s Cockpit Theatre in 1993 Diane Samuels’ seminal play has attained classic status and been taught as a set GCSE text. The poignant story of the escape from Nazi Germany to Britain of some ten thousand Jewish children, most of whom never saw their parents again, is given new topicality and relevance by current TV images of the plight of child refugees, emphasised during this production by thought-provoking foyer displays and a […]