An unflinchingly big topic for an unfeasibly small stage, it’s hard to do BurntOut Theatre’s Muscovado the justice it deserves in a short review.
Playwright Matilda Ibini transports us to the sugar-cane plantations of Barbados during the dying throes of slavery, with the Slavery Abolition Act about to be passed. Plantation owners Miss Kitty (Clemmie Reynolds) and her husband, the threatening Captain, are struggling to keep control over their slaves in the face of a rapidly changing social landscape.
Read the full review in Bristol 24/7…
Sinister, tragic and hopeful in equal measure, Under the Dark Moon sees Bristol’s wonderfully creative Invisible Circus leading us on an adventure through our fears.
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The latest dig at the ‘popular’ crowd from writer/producer Christopher Cutting, Vitomori tells the tale of a thousand-year-old vampire who has just discovered the power of social media.
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Review of the rather fab and very talented Ellen Waddell’s show at the Alma Tavern… Ever thought the Captain of the Enterprise was watching over you, giving you guidance?
No. Thought not.
Review for Guide2Bristol here, and interview with Ellen about why on earth she came up with such a unique topic!
“Don’t expect to settle in comfortably for Greg Wohead’s thought provoking and deeply disturbing one man show, The Ted Bundy Project. Expect to be a little scared – not of serial killers as you would probably expect, but of something much more threatening and personal”.
Genuinely unsettling and highly recommended, read my review in Guide2Bristol here
“Mesmerising and in parts unsettling, unique one woman performance ‘The Dance of the Magnetic Ballerina’ immediately plunges you into darkness with only the tinkling of a music box for company”.
Read my review of Andrea Miltnerova’s ballet performance with a twist in Guide2Bristol
Macabre, melancholy and magically entertaining… Roll up, roll up as The Invisible Circus takes you on a journey through your fears
In their typically unique style, Under the Dark Moon is an equally sinister and optimistic performance that tells the fears of five tortured souls and playfully mocks the awful hold self-doubt can have over your life if you let it.
Read the full review in Guide2Bristol here.
Review of Trash Cuisine by the critically acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre which is playing now as Part of Mayfest Bristol: A unique look at torture, mortality and the bleak truth about capital punishment. Read my review in Strawberry Line Times here.
Last night I attended the launch of Eat Drink Bristol Fashion’s sustainable culinary pop up in Queen’s Square – and will no doubt be heading back for more!
Open to the public from today until May 27th, organisers Josh Eggleton, (Chef and Owner of The Pony & Trap, Chew Magna) and Luke Hasell, (Organic farmer and owner of Tipi Events) will be serving up a tantalising selection of tasty treats and very fine wines from the attractive tipi village in the square.
Kitted out with twinkling fairy lights and winding vines, the venue is cosy and welcoming – perfect for a casual meal with friends. They will be serving ‘British Tapas’, i.e., small dishes of organic, sustainably sourced and beautifully cooked food perfect for sharing in the sociable atmosphere of the pop up dining village. Having tasted a small selection of the menu at the launch, I can highly recommend the creative culinary skills on offer. Last night’s sample menu included sticky ribs so tender they fall right off the bone, perfectly cooked asparagus served with a beautiful saffron infused garlic & lemon mayonnaise, organic cold meats and freshly cut chunky chips with a curry sauce that would make even the best chippies blush accompanied, of course, by a really rather nice rioja.
If you are a fan of really great food, pop down and check it out. Not only will you get a belly full of good stuff in a wonderfully unique venue, but you’ll be supporting local farmers and producers, and can also spend your Bristol pounds. A full belly and a clear conscience – what could be better than that?
For more information on the event – and to view the menu, visit the website.
Eat Drink Bristol Fashion will be in Queens Square from the 13th – 27th May
As a lass that grew up in Lincolnshire in fen country I was pretty intrigued by this one. Bleak, flat, unpretentious and unflinchingly honest, Ours was the Fen Country captures the weird and wise nature of a lifestyle and industry close to being forgotten. Read my review here.
And by the way, the top pic is the official poster for the play, the photo below is taken by me of Billinghay, Lincolnshire, where I grew up. Enjoy!