Month: February 2017

Rent The Musical | Review

Rent on tour
Rent on tour

Reading the synopsis, further intrigued me to look at the production photograph's I eventually became eager to know more and youtube the trailer

Do not miss Bruce Guthrie’s brand-new production of the legendary, multi-award-winning rock musical RENT as it celebrates its incredible 20th anniversary.

This exhilarating, landmark musical tells the thrilling story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess.

Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La bohème, RENT features unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the much-loved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Bohème. Winner of four Tony® Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it ran on Broadway for an astonishing 12 years.

Featuring a brilliant cast that includes Layton Williams (Bad Education, Billy Elliot The Musical, Hairspray) and Lucie Jones (X Factor, Legally Blonde The Musical, Les Miserables), this is a rare chance to experience the searing emotion and breath-taking thrills of one of the all-time great musicals.

Now tell me are you not gripped with wanting to see this show?

Rent is a rock opera written by Jonathan Larson set over the course of a year in 1990s New York City and is loosely based on Puccini’s more traditional opera La Boheme.  Larson died unexpectedly from an unexpected aortic aneurysm at only 35 years old, the day before Rent’s opening night and sadly didn’t get to see how his ground-breaking musical would help define the 1990s.


La Boheme

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Layton Williams as Angel in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett (3)
Layton Williams as Angel in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett
Lucie Jones as Maureen in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett
Lucie Jones as Maureen in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett

It's the 20th anniversary of Rent on Stage,

With Layton Williams playing the lead role of Angel, and Lucie Jones as Maureen.

The cast of RENT. Credit Matt Crockett
The cast of RENT. Credit Matt Crockett

From the start of the scene, it looked like a squatters place in a derelict building.
We was introduced to the two men on stage one is Mark, who videos everything producer of arts and has ambitions, then his friend tuning his guitar.

All is not what it seems, in a cold place no heating and being Christmas Eve, what could seemingly go wrong?

Billy Cullum as Mark and Ross Hunter as Roger in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett
Billy Cullum as Mark and Ross Hunter as Roger in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett

In the case of gay, lesbian transsexual and straight people, the subject of HIV and AIDS are very much a taboo; this message conveyed with the poignant reminder will I lose my dignity, as with this nasty disease, death is inevitable in life anyway.

Mimi, played by Philippa Stephanie, at first glance on stage she seemed invincible and a party lover but as always there is more depth. Philippa played a fantastic role that like Angel was truely heart-tugging to watch.

Philippa Stefani as Mimi and Ross Hunter as Roger in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett (2)
Philippa Stefani as Mimi and Ross Hunter as Roger in RENT. Credit Matt Crockett

Seeing as I knew nothing about Rent, I was clueless and open to what was going to unfold.

Be sure that all cast and musicians on set, their guitar playing was fantastic! Bruce Guthrie , considering like I had never seen or acted in Rent, the way it has been directed and choreographed is truly beautiful!

My rating would be five stars

5 stars

"I was still trying to get to grips with my emotions the day after.
A lesson that hit hard to the harsh reality of falling down on your luck and heartache."

Tango Fire

tango fire
tango fire


Tango Fire is the hottest Tango Show from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Featuring a quartet of brilliant young musicians and ten exceptional dancers with one of Argentina’s finest singers, Tango Fire offers a journey through the history of Tango – the world’s most alluring and exciting form of dance.

Brendan Cole


“Lavish costume changes and superb choreography performed with panache” Catherine Françoise Onstage

A brand-new show for 2017, Brendan Cole hosts another spectacular production featuring his guest dancers, a new leading lady and a 14 piece band and singers live on stage. Stunning lighting, amazing special effects and superb choreography. It’s going be a party! Don’t miss it.

“At the centre of it all is the generous, exuberant, charismatic Cole”
Catherine Françoise Onstage

Stunning lighting, amazing special effects and superb choreography. It’s going be a party. Don’t miss it!

Mathew Bourne’s Early Adventures


Matthew Bourne is hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful Choreographer/ Director.

He is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.

Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a programme of hit pieces that launched the career of ‘Britain’s favourite choreographer’ and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that his company New Adventures brought to Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.

2017 Theatre Wish List

From the start of January 2017 I made myself a theatre wish list in the hope to see shows to enjoy and review.
2017 wishlist the Orchard theatre

For The Orchard Theatre

* Sister Act REVIEW 
* Not dead enough  REVIEW
* The first hippo on the moon
* Dream boats and Pettiecoats
* The wedding singer
* Mr bloom
* Thoroughly Modern Millie
* Made in Dagenham
* Justin's party
* Evita - Featuring Emma Hatton ( Wicked ) 
* A tiger who came for tea
* Hairspray
* Flashdance
* Grease
* Aadams family
* Cinderella
 * Shireley valentine
* A murder is announced
* La cage aux folles
 I've been asked to review Joe mceldery in Joseph and his technicolor dream coat (Next Show Review) 
The Churchill Theatre Wishlist 2017

The Churchill theatre 

 I noticed I had missed some from last year at the orchard thankfully they show in the  Churchill theatre 
* Ben and Hollys little kingdom (REVIEW) 
* Rent 
* We're going on a bear hunt
* Wonderland
* Woman in black
* Buddy holly show
* Pracilla queen of the desert 
* Footloose
* Legally blonde 
And hopefully catch The first Hippo On the Moon 
Wish list
Continuing the theatre theme ........

West end performances

* The lion king  ( booked for June )
* Matilda 
* Charlie and the chocolate factory 
* Aladdin
* Cinderella 
* Half A Sixpence
* Dreamgirls
* The Book of Mormon
* School of Rock 
* The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
* Harry Potter and the cursed child  ** Im so unsure ** 

So that is my list for 2017 and further ! 

I'd love to see what your's are !

Interview – Carolyn Maitland – Ghost On Tour

Carolyn Maitland

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you so much for letting me interview you about your current role in Ghost The Musical, playing leading female role, Molly Jensen.

No problem 🙂

To start off What interested you in working with Bill Kenwright's production of Ghost the Musical, With the Orchard Theatre for this project?
And Had you seen any of his previous work?

1st off it's a really lovely part, so when I got the opportunity to audition I jumped at the chance.
I had never seen BKL's production of Ghost but I had seen the original west end production & the film.
But I have worked on a Bill Kenwright production, Jekyll & Hyde with the lovely Marti Pellow 🙂

With such an Iconic film played by Demi Moore, how do you feel you portrayed Molly?

Hopefully with integrity & truthfulness! I'm only just starting my 3rd week as Molly here in Torquay, Devon.
So I still have many exciting months ahead of me to find lots of layers & colour to add into my interpretation.


What drew you to becoming an actor and theatre plays?

In the very beginning it was the feeling I got from being around music & from dancing. And as my career progressed my passion grew from being around more experienced actors & falling in love with the feeling I'd get loosing myself in a part. And a great singing teacher who opened my eyes to so much.

Who have you been inspired by in your acting career, and why?

No one person, as I mentioned above my peers inspire me, a special singing teacher , also performances I would see on stage & in film.

What part in all of your stage preformences have you enjoyed the most?

No one performance as there are elements from each that I have loved differently. Ellen in Miss Saigon really touched my heart & really stoked my passion for acting.
Kate&Lillie in Kiss Me Kate was enormous fun, such a versatile part to play...yelling, laughing, fighting, singing! Legally blonde had so many different characters & cameos to enjoy.....all of them in different ways.

How do you prepare so that you'll bring the right amount of realism and emotion to a scene?

Really listening to the script does most of the work for me, trusting the words & letting my self go with what I'm feeling.
From time to time, I need an extra lift or emotional connection in which case I refer to memories & my life experiences & use them to enhance my connection to the character.

When playing emotional roles, how do you stop yourself from getting carried away into the part your playing?


Haha! Sometimes with great difficulty, but that's a big part of my love for theatre. I find I can never predict how emotional each different performance will be. And sometimes when you are over come with emotion the battle to control it adds an extra layer to that character. I find it very exciting 🙂

How did you feel about getting close to other co-stars ? And how do you make it look like a real love scene?

This sounds like a contraction to making it real, but it works for me to not overthink it....and just go with the flow.
If you think about convincing people you're in love I feel it gets a little forced.

We all know people get nervous before a show, what are your top tips for handling the nerves?

Slow deep breathing is pretty helpful x

So you have played many roles, from Molly Jensen in ghost musical, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, to name a couple so what's next, any up and coming shows to look out for?

Who knows? Watch this space 🙂

What would be the ultimate part that you would love to have a chance to play and why?

Anything which will challenge me!
Like many I'd love to open my umbrella & fly over an auditorium with a spoonful of sugar.
But I'm happy as long as I'm pushing myself!

And finally if you were to give to someone the best advice about wanting to perform on stage, what would it be?

Above everything...."Enjoy it"

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions,

I wish you well in your future roles and look forward to seeing more performances from you !  

Best wishes