Sister Act (Malvern Theatres, Malvern) 1Mrs B 8th Dec 16: It's a shame that there isn't the option of no stars! This was the worst show we've ever been to. The singing was dire, acting was awful. We were looking forward to an upbeat show to get us into the Christmas spirit. This left us feeling miserable and financially ripped off.
Sister Act (Malvern Theatres, Malvern) 1Janet Brown 8th Dec 16: This is possibly the worst show I have ever been to, very poor acting, screeching singing and all the best songs from the film were not sung in the stage show. So disappointed as it cost such a lot of money.
Where's My Igloo Gone? (Artrix, Bromsgrove) 5Emma byrne 6th Dec 16: I wen to see where's my igloo at the arena theartre today 7/12/ 2016 it was really magical and truly. Belivable, the actresse's were wonderful, fantastic show highly recommended it.
Laura (Bread and Roses, Inner London) 5Martin 5th Dec 16: Great energy, the actress is a powerhouse. This is a play about a woman loosing her mind on her wedding day when the groom doesn't arrive. She goes through every emotion possible as she searches for answers. At times painful to watch her spiral to madness, but always fascinating and continuously hilarious. Perfect for a pub theatre after a couple of drinks, I can easily see this going to Edinburgh Festival so would recommend seeing this before the performer becomes famous.
Joe Longthorne 1Sandra Michael, 1st Dec 16: Just seen Joe at Water Rats Grosvenor hotel absolutely.fabulous.x
Professor Brian Cox 1roger pond 1st Dec 16: Guildford 30th November. I am 61, a retired electronics engineer, I watch all the science programs on TV, using the rewind to understand what being said, this show as a given to me as a present. i don't listen to BBC radio so no idea who the other bloke was. The first part of the show was good up to the gravity ball and feathers bit from then on I found it boring and way over my head I could not see it getting any better so i left at half time, sorry Brian not for me.
Shame Jason didn't sing but a great evening with some very talented musicians.
Christmas at Kew (Kew Gardens, Outer London) 5jim 26th Nov 16: What a lovely evening strolling around these beautiful gardens. Under the Heathrow flightpath but serene and gorgeous with great lighting, beautiful light shows and a funfair.
Seats were in rear circle N13 & 14 and we couldn't hear the actors speaking so it spoilt the story and our enjoyment of the musical
Sean Lock - Keep It Light 2Joe 23rd Nov 16: Very low standard, totally phoned in. Deliberately pushing the limits of what tedium fans will put up with, this gig may charitably be described as ironically exploiting people's need to get their money's worth by having a group laugh.
It looks like Sean Lock has given up and is getting a bit more cash in with minimal effort while he can still be arsed touring.
Maybe he won't tour again. Or maybe he's found the perfect ratio of effort vs reward and will keep going but I think gig attendance will drop.
The Hollies 5Jean Jairath 19th Nov 16: Great night in Liverpool with the hollies,
Spamalot (Abbey Theatre and Arts Centre, Nuneaton) 5Rabble Youth Theatre 13th Nov 16: Hi this event is nearly right, this is the young @part edition, edited by Eric Idle to be suitable for children. And with a shorter running time. Tickets https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/124953#
This Might Hurt (Hull Truck Theatre, Hull) 3Justin Mulchinock-Roche 13th Nov 16: spent the evening as a thespian; Hull Truck Theatre. This Might Hurt, a cynical view of the NHS, Medical services, and social care support services in Hull. It was o.k. Very funny in places; but a little drawn out in other areas. Although all 3 actors worked their socks off; I feel another couple of actors/actresses wouldn't have gone a miss in order to break the scenery up a little. I thought the tickets £20.00 were over priced, I would have been more comfortable paying £12.00. I was asked for an honest opinion, I feel I have given one. Thanks Guys 7/10
Cincinnatus 3Peter Brown. 12th Nov 16: Set entirely in an unknown prison, in an unnamed country, Cincinnatus is based on the novel 'Invitation to a Beheading' by Russian American author Vladimir Nabokov (1889-1977).
The novel was first published in a Russian émigré magazine, which might give you a clue as to the country in which this play may be really set, and certainly some of the character names in this work clearly have Russian connections.
The play revolves around a central character called Cincinnatus (played by Garry Voss).
When we first meet him, he is being incarcerated in the prison with a lawyer, the prison director and a prison warder in attendance.
We are never told what crime Cincinnatus has committed, but he seems to be an inoffensive, ordinary man with little (as far as we can tell from his behaviour that we witness) for the authorities or society in general to be worried about.
Nevertheless, he is condemned to death by beheading.
But the prison director won't reveal the date of Cincinnatus's execution, which causes considerable distress for the condemned man.
He's also plagued by a variety of odd characters – indeed, Cinncinatus seems like the only sane, rational man in his society, at least as far as the characters we meet are concerned.
For example, he's introduced to a (supposedly) fellow prisoner called Pierre (Gary Cain) who ignores the rules in a game of chess, reversing his moves at will.
And Cincinnatus's mother – who he claims he's never met – turns up but seems peculiarly unmoved by her son's dire predicament.
In fact, all the other characters also seem to be totally insensitive to the fact that he's about to lose his life.
Moreover, they blame his attitude as being the cause of his misery and demise.
It's a bleak and unsettling view of a society where one man becomes singled-out for unwarranted treatment for seemingly doing nothing wrong.
Of course, history is no stranger to that situation, and indeed individuals around the world are still condemned to serve time in prison, or even lose their life for 'not fitting in' or simply 'being different'.
On that score there's much to commend in Victor Sobchak's production, which has an absurdist quality about it, but makes valid and extremely important points.
Garry Voss provides a clearly-defined transition from the quiet, unassuming man who eventually rages in frustration against the situation he finds himself in.
And he's ably-supported by a large cast – maybe a little too large at times for the relatively small acting area at the intimate Baron's Court Theatre.
But they make good use of the space too – and, of course, confinement is a central issue in the play, so it might not have been possible anyway to perform the play on a much larger stage.
It's always rewarding to see interesting work brought to the stage and Vladimir Nabokov's ideas certainly deserve an airing – worth seeing on that count alone.