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Category : Reviews

31 Aug 2018

review of snake in the grass

By Patrick Neylan You’ve got to admire Alan Ayckbourn, even if you belong to the significant cadre of theatregoers who regard his work as hackneyed village-hall fodder. Back in 1979, Peter Hall described him as “one of the most talented … richest dramatists in the world”, but even then his plays were starting to be seen as too comfortable, complacent and predictable and much of his 80s work has dated badly. Yet 2001 saw a move away from the trivial […]

28 Aug 2018

review of our july youth group show

By Laura Ings-Self The talent present in BLT’s youth group is obvious from the appearances several members have made on the main stage and in the bar, but the true scope of the ability apparent in their number – and the high standards set by Jessica-Ann Jenner and Pauline Armour – was overwhelmingly showcased in the triple bill of one-act plays the group performed.  We began with a two-hander featuring Josh Williams-Ward and Victor Poland. Staged as a rehearsed reading, […]

15 Aug 2018

review of rabbit hole

By Alan Nelson The main event in Rabbit Hole – pretty much the only one of any significance – has already happened when the play opens. Danny, the son of upwardly mobile middle-class parents, Becca and Howie, has been killed in a tragic accident, running into the road after his pet dog, Taz. But this play is not about the unfortunate boy; it is about the survivors. On the surface of it, that sounds like a pretty tough night out […]

20 Jun 2018

review of the wasp

By Roxana Graves What a treat. It was a bar show extraordinaire. There have been some great two-handers this past year or so, some fabulous performances and great scripts, and the latest bar offering did not disappoint. I hadn’t read the script by Morgan Lloyd Malcom. When I had asked to borrow a copy, it was suggested to me that I’d be better off waiting as surprises would be spoiled. I am very pleased I took that advice. The sheer thrill […]

31 May 2018

review of honeymoon suite

by Arthur Rochester When the curtain rose on May’s production of Richard Bean’s Honeymoon Suite, the audience may have been a little bemused, wondering why the young couple enthusing over every detail of their Bridlington hotel room did not seem to notice the elderly man sitting quietly in a corner. The arrival of another couple, this time middle-aged, complicated the picture still further, until it gradually became clear that what we were witnessing was three representations of the same couple […]

26 Apr 2018

Review of The Wicked Lady

By Chris Cullen How lucky is the person who finds their true vocation in life. In the case of Lady Barbara Skelton, trapped in a dull marriage and frustrated by the life of a country lady, the discovery ultimately brings about her ruin. She becomes a highwayman. The Wicked Lady is an adaptation by Bryony Lavery of the historical novel Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton by Magdalen King-Hall. The novel itself is loosely based on the seventeenth […]

10 Apr 2018

review of stones in his pockets

By Nikki Packham I saw this play in London when it first opened and really enjoyed it. I remember rows and rows of shoes. Tonight at Bromley Little Theatre I saw rows of jackets and caps pinned to washing lines and they served the two actors playing multiple roles just as well as the shoes would have done. We all know the Republic of Ireland has a thriving film industry and many of the most famous names in Hollywood have […]

19 Mar 2018

review of proof

by Alan Nelson I fell in love with David Auburn’s play the first time I saw it. But as it ended, I turned to my then 12-year-old son and saw he had his mouth open. “Is that it?” he said. “They talk about maths for two hours and then it finishes?” So, I understand that despite its Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, a play seemingly about maths and academia with a soppy love story thrown in is not an easy […]

02 Mar 2018

review of female transport

by Patrick Neylan Like the 19th Century prison ship bound for Australia where it’s set, Steve Gooch’s Female Transport creaks and leaks a little with age. Written in 1974, it now suffers by comparison with Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good, written a decade and a half later and covering much the same themes only with more depth. But ‘by comparison’ is the crucial phrase here. Female Transport is by no means a bad play and the audiences enjoyed the unusual […]

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 […]