Timpson: The Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe

I’m a sucker for a bit of silliness, and reading the marketing bumph for Timpson: The Musical will no doubt prove that Gigglemug Theatre are up for giving you just that! After five minutes watching it’s clear that they not only give it but champion it in this bonkers show…

flattered at the Edinburgh Fringe

As someone who walks the streets often hearing the echoes of ‘alright love’, flattered was the perfect choice for the Fringe. The play that addresses public harassment towards women had all the elements to make a strong statement, but sadly needed to probe the subject matter more intensely. flattered tells…

WEIRD at the Edinburgh Fringe

After a crash course in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in my first Fringe show, Can’t Stop Can’t Stop, I was more than ready to learn more with WEIRD – another piece about the illness with a focus on its effects on those around the sufferer. With a brilliant script and strong…

Six the Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe

Divorced. Beheaded. Live in concert. If you tell me (a bit of a history fanatic) that there’s a new all-female musical about the Tudors, I’ll be there faster than Anne of Cleves can get a divorce. This ‘talk of the Fringe’ hit, Six the Musical, was booked for my first…

Can’t Stop Can’t Stop at the Edinburgh Fringe

My first show of the Edinburgh Fringe just had to be mental health related, and I couldn’t have chosen better with Can’t Stop Can’t Stop. As someone with pretty much no experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, both personally or with someone close to me, I was keen to get more…

REVIEW: Madagascar the Musical UK tour

One of the most popular film franchises of recent years is finally getting the theatrical treatment. Madagascar the Musical has just opened at the New Wimbledon Theatre and there’s definitely something for the whole family! A group of animals are living the high life in Central Park Zoo in New…

REVIEW: Perfectly Ordinary at the Guildford Fringe

Its not often I get to mix theatre and mental health in such an obvious fashion, but this week the Guildford Fringe Festival is home to brand new British musical, Perfectly Ordinary, a show set on a psychiatric ward. This piece is a musical gem that provokes emotional response no…

Knights of the Rose at The Arts Theatre

Knights of the Rose, a brand new jukebox musical featuring the hits of Bon Jovi, Meatloaf and other rock legends, certainly made its presence known in London as it crossed Tower Bridge on horseback earlier this week. Sadly the show itself doesn’t quite live up to that majestic entrance, with…

Perfectly Ordinary: an interview with Matthew Rankcom

Perfectly Ordinary is a brand new musical coming to the Guildford Fringe this year. I spoke to one of its creators about mental health and the theatre.