I feel like Blood Brothers was a play that everybody read at school, and then got a fun trip to see the touring or West End production. This would’ve been brilliant for me as I was a huge theatre fan back then, but unfortunately we studied Educating Rita (another of Willy Russell’s works) and got to watch one scene of the film. If I hadn’t have read Of Mice And Men I think I would’ve missed out on the quintessential British school life. Now I’m in my twenties I’ve corrected my missing out on Blood Brothers at school and have now seen in twice. Once 4 years ago at The Broadway Theatre in Peterborough, and again two days ago in the same theatre.
One of my favourite shows of 2017 was The Play That Goes Wrong. I love everything that I’ve seen from Mischief Theatre, and with The Play That Goes Wrong playing at Milton Keynes Theatre this week, I was very excited to get to relive the magic all over again.
If you’re an avid theatre goer, has there ever been a show that you have been putting off going to, no matter how many recommendations you’ve had, for no real reason? That was me when everyone was raving about The Grinning Man. The Grinning Man opened in December at Trafalgar Studios for a two month run, but due to high demand it has extended again and again. Now it really must close on 5th May, and with Today Tix running a 24 hour only offer last week for £15 seats I finally took the plunge. If it was extended an extra two and a half months, and if many of my blogging friends were seeing it multiple times, I decided it was time to give The Grinning Man and see the show over the weekend. And honestly, I’m just mad at myself for not going sooner.
There are so many productions I want to see this summer, and whilst I haven’t got time to see them all, some of them might be of interest to you. There are a huge number of tours that I’ve got my eye on as well a new shows opening in London that I’m hoping to get to see (although with the crazy theatre schedule I’ve had this month, I think I need to calm it down a little bit), so this is sort of a mental wish list for me that I get to share with you.
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.