Coconut is a new dark comedy based on writer Guleraana Mir’s real experience of interracial and intercultural relationships. Embarking on a UK tour this summer, this new play begins to challenge the Asian female stereotypes within Britain, giving an honest portrayal of the contemporary British-Asian experience.
I didn’t know what to expect when I booked to see Quiz; a play inspired by the real life events behind the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire coughing scandal. But at £15 to sit on stage when I was already in London for Kinky Boots? I was definitely game to see what this Chichester Festival Theatre production had to offer after falling in love with Half A Sixpence last year (one of their previous productions).
I’ve never seen improv comedy before. In fact, I’ve never seen anything other than improvised dance before, so when I found out Mischief Theatre (the creative geniuses behind The Play That Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery) were going to be going back to their improv roots over Christmas I was eager to see them. But I didn’t manage to get to the Arts Theatre to see them during that period I was really disappointed. But thankfully an invite landed in my inbox to see a 5* sold out Edinburgh Fringe show that’s been playing select dates in London. That meant I had my bum firmly in a seat at the Leicester Square Theatre to see Degrees of Error’s Murder She Didn’t Write on Sunday, and I can’t believe I didn’t go sooner.
I love a press night. Okay, so I’ve only been to two before (The Railway Children and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) because getting to London after work is a nightmare, but I love the glitz and glamour of an ATG members room. On Tuesday I was invited to the press night for Hedda Gabler at Milton Keynes theatre, and jumped at the chance to see this sold-out National Theatre production on tour during its final few weeks.
It’s been over a month since I last went to the theatre, which is a long time for me. Fortunately, under the pretence of it being a birthday present for Jack, I was able to sneak in a little trip last weekend to see The Play That Goes Wrong. Let’s just say that 3 days later my cheeks still hurt and my throat was sore, all from laughing. Strepsils are my best friend right now. Actually, that might be due to the cold I’m currently nursing but I promise you the sore throat was due to The Play That Goes Wrong.
I’ve seen The Comedy About A Bank Robbery not once, but twice this year. It’s definitely a show you ought to see, but don’t just listen to what I’ve got to say! I’ve spoken to Niall Ransome, one of the show’s understudies, and he can tell you exactly why you’re missing out if you’re not taking the trip! PS. I’m always in awe of understudies, so I was so keen on hearing what Niall had to say!