Category : Reviews

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 […]

07 Apr 2019

Review of ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Review by Richard Stewart In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how boring I find Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. This is not for want of trying – I want to like it. It’s one of the most loved and well regarded books in English literature, full of wit, memorable characters and quotes that have become part of the culture of the nation. I’ve read […]

06 Mar 2019

Review of ‘Terra Nova’ by Ted Tally

Directed by Paul Ackroyd Review by Patrick Neylan When a cold February blast blows up North Street, it’s comforting to snuggle into the BLT auditorium to witness the story of a group of men suffering in a considerably colder climate than you are. And a gratifyingly large number of people turned out to see Terra Nova, a dramatised account of Captain Robert Scott’s expedition to the South Pole in 1911. Those feelings are tempered by the knowledge that you’re watching […]

19 Feb 2019

Review of ‘The Children’ by Lucy Kirkwood

Directed by Patrick Neylan Hazel and Robin are retired nuclear scientists. They live just outside the exclusion zone of a nuclear reactor disaster – a nuclear reactor that they had some unspecified part in creating. Rationed electricity and a Geiger counter, on hand to check for signs of radiation, are the most noticeable outwards signs of its impact, but the disaster has also taken its toll on the psychology of each of the protagonists in other ways. But first the […]