Our Creative Connector Linda has been exploring a range of local arts activities and events in the local area, read below all about her latest trips!
The Drill at New Diorama
This play really makes you think about how our attitudes to Terrorism are driven by the fears the Media play on. Really clever mix of improvisation, scripted performance and video. The tension is palpable and surprisingly impactful.
Coconut at the Curve
This play was funny, moving, surprising and very relevant - loved it. It was a full house, it only ran for a day - we should give it another date.
'Half Breed' by Natasha Marshall at South Street Arts Centre in Reading on April 23rd
The flyer said:“I am that mixed raced kid, like 50/50, on the fence, luke warm, in-between maybe. Trust me, around here I’m about as black as it goes…”Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want to stay in the village. She doesn’t want to have a baby. She doesn’t want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub. She’s got to get out.
My view:WOW - this one woman performance is amazing! Natasha plays five roles merely by changing her language and the position of her body on the stage. Her stage presence, eloquence and sheer stamina blow you away. She brings to life scenes in a nightclub, a small village pub, the forest and the village streets full of gossipers, without props or scenery. This story of a girl from a village who has only ever known that village but is made to feel she does not belong will resonate with anyone who’s ever felt they don’t quite fit.
6 star DON’T MISS
'Sophie, `Ben and other problems' by After School Club Theatre Co at Tabard Theatre in Chiswick on April 10th
The flyer said: Sophie and Ben love each other a lot despite their differences but sometimes, they make it a bit too difficult for themselves. Two twenty somethings who are trying to find their way in the world guide us through their lives of low-key alcoholism, deeply rooted regret and unfortunate sexual mishaps.In a play that has been described as “wholesome, quirky and desperately moving” join this unlikely couple as they impart some words of wisdom on life, love, and modern-daymillennial relationships.
My view:A surprising, amusing and touching production by two talented actors. A two-hander, telling the story of a relationship at first hand. The couple take you through the highs and lows from their first meeting at a night club, sharing the reasons they love each other and why they drive each other crazy. This production will make you laugh and cry and is recommend viewing for anyone who has a heart.
4 STAR LOVED IT
'Windrush Square 'by Monument Theatre Company at OSO Arts Centre in Barnes on March 22nd
The flyer said: "Come on and get up and stand up for our rights” in the pursuit of equality in the eyes of the law. Join the Johnson family as we retell an essential part of British history buried in the heart of Brixton, uniting all people in a bid to eradicate the barrier between all races".
My view:A powerful, funny and moving production by a talented young company. Mixing comedy, physical theatre, spoken word, drama and music to tell a very human story based on historical events. A tale of inter-racial romance, black-british family life and community tension set against the political backdrop of the 80’s. Windrush Square is even more impactful in the light of recent events such as the Grenfell disaster and the Windrush scandal and is particularly relevant to Slough’s afro-caribean community and will appeal to anyone who has an interest in justice and equality.
5 STAR MUST SEE