The finalists of The ONCOMMs 2022

The OnComm is the new award for online shows from across the UK (and beyond) and was introduced in
May 2020. 

LIVE STREAM
GAYATRI The Royal Queen Consort of the Majapahit Kingdom /  7evenotes Production / Alexander Triyono & mhyajo / Available via https://res.cthearts.com/event/34:3465/34:59436/
The Black CatThreedumb Theatre / The Space / Unfortunately this show is no longer available.
TrestleOVO Productions / Maltings Theatre / View until 10 April at https://maltingstheatre.co.uk/whats-on/trestle

RECORDED (DIRECT)
A Brief List of Everyone Who Died / Patch of Blue / Finborough / View at https://www.youtube.com/user/finboroughtheatre
Talking Gods (series of 5 plays) / Arrows & Traps / View at https://www.arrowsandtraps.com/talkinggods
Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life / Keith Alessi / View at https://online.thespaceuk.com/show/tomatoes-tried-to-kill-me-but-banjos-saved-my-life
Touchy / 20 Stories High / View via https://www.20storieshigh.org.uk/show/touchy/ Continue reading “The finalists of The ONCOMMs 2022”

Lockdown treat: #AcaArmy Lockdown Megamix

There’s an admirably chaotic energy to this mahoosive acapella megamix, featuring all sorts of singers in there, all in aid of The Care Workers Charity

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Please enjoy like and share! Please donate today! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/acaarmymegamix Featuring the incredible: @divinadecampo @sambaileysinger @itsjamielambert @theamandacole @jodiesamsteele @hollyellisonmusic @rodneyvubya @lemknights @amydibartolomeo @sarahmossmaninsta @laradebelder @mrnic.c @evroselane @_laurendrew1 @maddieroseb @macaulaynicholson Created by @mrnic.c @laradebelder @gstrickland91 and @kev_orkian The phenomenal ensemble includes: @abigail_drennan_ @amywebbersinger @annalise.johnson98 @bethorgan_actor @ellielp96 @emilyclareofficial @emilyproudlock @hjwolfe93 @heatherjconder @helena.neilsmith @jennytrapp93 @jessporter283 @kateyannfraser @kieramarie89 @lauraruthiehyde @laureldougall @laurenj1713 @olivia_mann95 @olivia_rose_deane @rachelfarago @rebeccagilli @thesoundofasong @alice_hinde @lifeofbryony @kaylsaston2607 @lauraishbel @lucie_neale @michaelabennison @naomigisbey @livvywylie @sommy_ech @verityquade @benyoucrazydiamond @christian_lunn1992 @danielump @david_zacharyuk @dmacauley_ @gstrickland91 @hugojosscatton @james.corlett @louisquinnster @richardupton @paultjdeegan @brianraf3 @connorgoing @gregorygeorgeuk @harrybutterss @hugh__edwards @heyjudetaylor @matthewlhobbs @musiclongden @moremouths @svenmaertens @timselman1123

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Review: Into The Woods, Royal Exchange

“Let the moment go, don’t forget it for a moment though”

As with Shakespeare, plenty of people have strong ideas about how Sondheim ‘should’ be done, so I’m always interested to see a director striking out a little to establish their own vision. Inspiration often comes from the local surroundings – memorably so with Into the Woods at the Open Air Theatre a few years back and intriguingly so with Matthew Xia’s production of the same show for the Royal Exchange in Manchester. Taking Sondheim and James Lapine’s conflation of well-known fairytales and their unseen epilogues and relocating it to a contemporary here and now, this enchanted forest may have lost a little of the overtly magical but gains plenty in an evocation of Mancunian community spirit.

It may not have been the most precisely sung version of the show I’ve ever seen but the depth of performance here with all its colour and heart more than made up for it, rooting these characters perfectly in Xia’s landscape. ‘Agony’ has indeed been camper but Marc Elliott and Michael Peavoy’s modern-day Princes make you listen to the intricacy of the lyrical references like never before, Gillian Bevan’s Witch – a woman truly released from her curse – grows in impressive vocal stature throughout the show, and Natasha Cottriall (who in the interests of full disclosure, is my mother’s cousin’s wife’s sister’s daughter) brings real pathos as well as petulance to her Little Red Riding-hood. Continue reading “Review: Into The Woods, Royal Exchange”