Tag: Theatre: Play


Review: Fleabag

Posted 23 December, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Fleabag
By: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Celebrate the incredible journey of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s outrageously funny, blazingly forthright Fleabag, from fringe theatre hit to international cultural phenomenon, in this special edition โ€“ featuring the original playscript, never-before-seen colour photos, and exclusive bonus content by Phoebe, director Vicky Jones and key members of the creative team.

In 2013, Fleabag made its debut as a one-woman show in sixty-seater venue the Big Belly, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s Underbelly. It was an immediate hit, going on to enjoy two runs at London’s Soho Theatre, national and international tours, whilst picking up prizes including Critics’ Circle, The Stage, Fringe First and two Off West End Theatre Awards, plus an Olivier Award nomination.

The 2016 TV adaptation propelled Fleabag and Phoebe to worldwide fame, earning critical acclaim and further accolades including Writers’ Guild, Royal Television Society and BAFTA Television Awards. A second series, nominated for eleven Emmys, followed in 2019, along with a sold-out run of the original play in New York.

This special edition was released alongside Fleabag’s first West End run at Wyndham’s Theatre, London. It is introduced by Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian, writer and host of The Guilty Feminist podcast.

Yup, picked up this book after watching the show a few months ago (which is brilliant btw, why didn’t I watch it sooner? Oh that’s right, I take forever getting around to watching stuff). I wanted to read what the original was like.

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List: Most Memorable Shakespeare Characters (to Me)

Posted 22 April, 2016 by Lianne in Lists / 6 Comments

You may have noticed this week amongst the book community that Shakespeare’s life and works has been of much discussion as we celebrate his 400th death anniversary (or thereabouts). For the past week I’ve been posting up reviews of recent adaptations that I had watched, but I decided whilst I was reading quotes and the like on Twitter that I wanted to do something else as well. I’ve already compiled my list of favourite plays (see here) but this time I would like to talk about my most memorable characters that I’ve encountered in Shakespeare’s places. Because there’s been a few ๐Ÿ˜‰

In no particular order:

  1. Touchstone from As You Like It (review) — He’s actually the reason why I wanted to compile this list to begin with. He’s absolutely hilarious, and so witty, so it was absurdly amusing to read and watch his survive in the Forest of Arden, away from court, where his wit would languish amongst the shepherds and laymen. But he had some of the best lines and scenes of the whole play so yeah, very memorable (and Dominic Rowan’s performance in the 2009 stage production was absolutely perfect (see post)).
  2. Malvolio from Twelfth Night (review) — Kind of tough call to say who was the most memorable character for me from this play as I love it to bits but Malvolio and his yellow stockings, yo, how could one forget that?
  3. Mercutio from Romeo and Juliet (review) — Another scene-stealer, he’s pretty hilarious to the point of craziness but he injects so much life and energy to his scenes, especially in contrast to Romeo’s lovestruckness and the looming tragedy ahead. I reckon it’s one of those roles actors love to take on.
  4. Mark Antony from Julius Caesar (review) — I re-read the play recently and while his “Friends! Romans! Countrymen!” speech is one of my favourites hands down from Shakespeare, I love how his character sort of flourished after Caesar’s death and he really goes after the conspirators in a rather sneaky way that no one suspected (well, we know he’s out to get them, but the stage characters don’t!).
  5. Beatrice & Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing (review) — There’s no way I could choose one over the other, the sparks were crazy electric with these two and really stole the show with their endless bantering.
  6. Richard III from Richard III (review) — Omg this guy. He’s such a smooth talker as he’s manipulating everyone around him and working his way to becoming king. His schemes are elaborate and he’s pretty ruthless at getting what he wants, but you can’t help but feel rather astounded at the way he went about it all and planned everything out.
  7. Hamlet from Hamlet (review) — Naturalemente. Though it took a second read years later to really appreciate the complexity of what Hamlet was going through and the situation that was before him. Definitely puts the complexity of human uncertainty and existentialism to the forefront here.
  8. Iago from Othello (review) — That bastard.
  9. Titus Andronicus from Titus Andronicus (review) — Actually, this entire play, but anyway… D= Titus Andronicus really takes revenge to a whole new level here.
  10. The Gatekeeper from Macbeth (review) — The only humourous element in the whole play, which is such a stark contrast that it ended up quite the highlight ๐Ÿ˜›



And that’s my list of Shakespeare characters that I found most memorable! What about you, which Shakespeare characters stood out for you? Let me know, I’d love to chat with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Theatre: As You Like It (2009)

Posted 21 April, 2016 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

Thea Sharrock’s irresistible 2009 production of Shakespeare’s popular romantic comedy stirs wit, sentiment, intrigue and love into a charming confection which challenges the traditional rules of romance. At its heart, a feisty but feminine Rosalind (Naomi Frederick), in love with the endearingly naรฏve Orlando (Jack Laskey), uses her disguise as Ganymede to counsel him playfully in the art of wooing. Distraction is provided by Dominic Rowan, a remarkably funny Touchstone, and Tim McMullan, whose sonorous tones are perfectly suited to the lugubrious wit of Jaques.

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One of the last plays that I’ve read last year (review) I thought it was quite a lovely one, sweet and ridiculous in all the right places. I’ve been excited to check out this stage adaptation of the play since it looks so wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

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Theatre: All’s Well That Ends Well (2011)

Posted 21 April, 2016 by Lianne in Entertainment / 0 Comments

All’s Well That Ends Well centres on the tale of Helena’s quest to marry the man she loves, the rather unimpressed Bertram, who initially refuses her due to her lack of social standing. Aided by fellow conspirator Diana, Helena devises a fail-safe scheme to ensnare her man…

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I read the play last year (review) and suffice to say problematic is definitely a word used to describe it. Not to mention Bertram, the lead male, just irritated me the whole way through. Nonetheless I was curious to check out the 2011 stage adaptation from The Globe as the cast looks great (the clips I seen were pretty funny) and I thought perhaps watching it instead of reading it would offer some new insight to the story.

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Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing (2011)

Posted 6 April, 2015 by Lianne in Entertainment / 2 Comments

Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capable of tearing them apart. Claudioโ€™s friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together.

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I read the play last year (review) and while I had some issues with the main storyline of Hero/Claudio, I really enjoyed the banter between Beatrice and Benedick. After watching and really enjoying The Globe’s Twelfth Night (review) I was keen of watching more of their titles. I saw a clip for 2011’s Much Ado About Nothing and was sold; it looked like a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Spoilers if you haven’t read/listened/seen the play!

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