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Category : Reviews

18 Nov 2019

review of picnic at hanging rock

by Clive Lees The whole structure of this play appeared designed to create a surreal, ambiguous and confusing atmosphere in which the sense of the preternatural and primordial natural world could rise up, engulf and consume the hubris of the imperious late Victorians. The first surreal feature was that the names of the five characters in the cast list were never actually mentioned in the play. This is because they are in fact the names of the actual actresses who […]

29 Oct 2019

review of Goodnight Mr Tom

…by David Wood. Directed by Jessica-Ann Jenner Review by Peter Yolland This multi-award-winning 2011 play by David Wood was initially published as a children’s novel in 1981 by Michelle Magorian. It tells the story of Tom Oakley doing his bit for the war effort by taking in William Beech, a young boy evacuated from London to a hamlet in the West Country. Villagers were surprised that the reclusive Oakley would want to take in an evacuee and particularly an emotionally […]

28 Oct 2019

review of stuff happens

by Jonathan Evans ‘If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.’ Fabian in Twelfth Night ‘Doesn’t matter what it was. When one man says to another, “I know what let’s do today, let’s play the war game.”… everybody dies.’ Major General Stanislaw Sosabowski in A Bridge Too Far A confession: I’ve never been particularly enamoured of David Hare. Much of the work for which he is best known – The Secret Rapture, […]

09 Aug 2019

Review of Hard Times

Hard Times By Charles Dickens, adapted by Stephen Jeffreys Review by Patrick Neylan Not all BLT members regard the annual Youth Group show as a ‘proper’ BLT production. This is a shame, as it’s a chance to see some of the talent that could be driving our theatre in the years to come. Directors often fret about the availability of younger actors, yet some of them ignore the talent pool lurking right under their noses. As with last year’s show, […]

09 Aug 2019

Review of She Stoops to Conquer

“There was a time, indeed, I fretted myself about the mistakes of government, like other people; but finding myself every day grow more angry, and the government growing no better, I left it to mend itself.” So speaks Mr Hardcastle in Oliver Goldmith’s 1773 comedy, She Stoops to Conquer. Hardcastle’s apathy is understandable, given the restricted and corrupt nature of the franchise before the Great Reform Act of 1832. The line drew a rueful laugh from Bromley Little Theatre’s 21st […]

02 Aug 2019

review of loot…..

….by Joe Orton and directed by Stevie Hughes Review by Patrick Neylan BLT shouldn’t be putting on disgusting plays like this. It’s disgraceful and offensive. If I wasn’t supporting a friend in the cast, I would have left during the interval. Not my words, but those of a stalwart member of BLT who has been a supporter of this theatre for much longer than I have. So – when there is an unwritten rule that reviews should massage the egos of […]

02 Aug 2019

review of we happy few…

…by Imogen Stubbs and directed by Colleen Batson Review by Peter Yolland This play was originally performed in 2003 at Malvern Theatre and then opened in London in June 2004. The London premiere was directed by Stubbs’ husband Trevor Nunn.However, audiences were poor and reviews critical or lukewarm, and it closed at the end of July. The title is taken from the patriotic invocation of Henry V, and Stubbs’ play revolves around a troupe of female players who travel the country during […]

23 Jun 2019

Review of Bull by Mike Bartlett

Directed by Rob Widdicombe Review by Christopher Cullen If you had ever forgotten that office politics can be hell, Bull provides an excellent reminder. The action focuses on three young, highly ambitious employees jostling to keep their jobs in the knowledge that one must be made redundant. Tony, played by Dean Louis Brown, and Isobel, played by Sarah Kidney, are like animals scenting blood when faced with a weaker member of the herd in Richard Stewart’s Thomas. The two work […]

19 May 2019

Review of Teechers

by Patrick Neylan English Literature               A John Godber’s script is an ingenious take on how pupils view education and how teachers see it. We saw how a moment of inspiration can turn the most disaffected children into enthusiastic pupils. The play essentially follows a new drama teacher at a mediocre comprehensive through his first year, as he tries to turn theatre into a valid, eye-opening part of the curriculum rather than a doss subject. What could have been an inconsequential […]

06 May 2019

YOUNG MARX Review by Alan Nelson

Scene: A bar in a small community theatre in South East London. Two playwrights are discussing a performance of their play – a play they wrote for the opening of the Bridge Theatre in London. It is only the second staging of the play that has ever be performed, and an amateur premier. Richard Bean: How long into the play did it take you to relax? Clive Coleman: I knew they’d nailed it in the first 2 minutes And nailed […]