The Checkout, Hen & Chickens Theatre

26th – 27th of August

Camden Fringe 2017

Performed by Emma-Jane Hinds / Devised by Tom Lewis & Emma-Jane Hinds

Based on real events, The Checkout is about a mother tying to cope after her only daughter leaves home. Hilarious and touching, Liz (Emma-Jane Hinds) takes us through exactly why she ended up lying on Asda’s floor between the frozen pizza and baked beans for several hours.

It’s a wonderful, and quirky piece that makes you want to call home to mum.

The ways in which the clearly traumatised Liz masks her grief becomes the source of the performance’s great humanity, it’s tragedy, and it’s humour. Hinds is engaging, and thoroughly entertaining. Her character work is a delight, and her physical comedy is superb, often bringing the audience to cackles with a simple flick of her eyes or intake of breath.

The performance is infused with the music of Tchaikovsky, bringing a never-before-seen epicness to the act of shopping for Yorkshire pudding.

It’s a fun-filled, joyful show from a young artist to be watched.

And I have no doubt that Emma’s mother must be proud.

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The Woman in the Moon, The Dolphin’s Back @ The Globe

18th – 19th of August

by John Lyly
Directed by James Wallace

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Bella Heesom as Pandora (photo by Robert Piwko)

Resurrected from the 1590s, John Lyly’s ‘The Woman in The Moon‘ is an Elizabethan romp through the creation of women into Utopia, in the form of Pandora. The Planets, jealous of Pandora’s beauty,  take turns revenging themselves on Nature’s creation as she is pursued by the four love-lorn shepherds. The play twists and turns hilariously as each God exerts their unique brand of revenge.

Director James Wallace has produced a slick and vibrant telling. John Lyly’s text is witty, sexy, and farcical, and though over 400 years old, was more accessible than some modern texts I’ve seen recently.

Through it all, Pandora (Bella Heesom) masterfully jumps from emotion to emotion, as the colourful pantheon of gods send her from wroth, to lust, to wit, to sadness.

It’s like Shakespeare produced Inside Out.

The cast is scintillating and energetic, their visible joy on stage holds the show together. The exemplary ensemble is led by Heesom, whose versatility on stage was a pleasure to witness.

Special mentions also to James Thorne (Gunophilus), Tim Frances (Jupiter), Joy Cruickshank (Venus), & James Askill (Iphicles).

A blast of nothing-but-fun for Elizabethan fans, and a wonderful trip to The Globe.

Just a pity there’s not a longer run.

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A State of Mind, Spur of the Moment @ The Tristan Bates Theatre

8th – 12th of August

Camden Fringe 2017

Performed by Alyce Louise-Potter
Directed by Xander Mars

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A one-woman verbatim play about medicinal and recreational drug use; and the checkered life of the woman who took them. What’ s performed are the true stories of Billie, who bounces joyously between sex, drugs, and rock & roll, before landing squarely in your heart.

Performed by Alyce Louise-Potter, Billie is a lovable eccentric. Her life is, frankly, incredible, and Louise-Potter brings you effortlessly through hilarious misadventures, and blackest tragedies, with equal and heart-breaking ease. The performance is nuanced and deeply touching.

With every delighted tongue-wagging cackle, you can see the 60-something soul behind the headphones.

My only regret is that I’ve only managed to review it so close to the end of it’s run. I can only hope it’s remounted elsewhere soon. Please, do yourself a favour and see it if you can.

And if you’re a lover of verbatim, call in sick from work right now.

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Olympilads, Lonesome Schoolboy Productions @ Theatre N16

8 – 26 August 2017

Written by Andrew Maddock
Directed by Niall Phillips

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Nebiu Samuel as Darren

Olympilads follows damaged siblings as they navigate their brother’s destructive obsession with beating Usain Bolt in the Olympics.

Touched with humour and tragedy, Darren’s delusions bring their shattered family to breaking-point.

Creatively staged, and sensitively portrayed, Olympilads is easily one of the best pub shows I’ve seen this year.

It’s a strong, and memorable piece of new writing, led by a strong, memorable cast.

Michelle Barwood​ as Abigail grounds the show; she holds the family and play together. Her desperation to snap her brothers out of their delusions, and put Simon (Rhys Yates) on his own path, provide the drive throughout the piece. Meanwhile, Yates gives a soft-hearted, and sensitive performance as the overwhelmed peacemaker, trying to be a big man, and fill a father’s big shoes, despite every challenge his siblings throw at him.

Nebiu Samuel is convincing as the tortured and obsessive Darren, blind to the pain it causes his older siblings. His lines run as fast as his feat, as he demands, sprints, and thrashes his way through the play.

All in all, a great night. A little like watching a London version of the Australian mini-series Barracuda (2016). And I’d recommend that to anyone.

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Where to begin…?

“Has anybody ever seen a drama critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.”
― P.G. Wodehouse

 

Well, well….

I suppose I’d better introduce myself.

 

My name is Joshua Metter and I’ve started a blog.

 

It will not change the world. It won’t serve a grand design, or bring new understanding to the nature of art. But it might point you in the direction of a good show or two.

So that’s nice.

 

 

Based primarily in London, I endeavor to make it to at least one show a week, with preference given to those I’ve been invited to.

For more information regarding my work – or to invite me to a show – please visit the ‘Contact’ page.

 

Can’t wait!