Top 5 Favourite Shows
- The Drowned Man (Punchdrunk, London)
- Groundhog Day (London)
- Dreamgirls (West End)
- Memphis (West End)
- The Book of Mormon (West End)
- The Book of Mormon
Favourite Shows of 2014
- The Drowned Man (I went 5 times – words cannot describe)
The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable (January 2014). Words do not begin to describe Punchdrunk as a company for me, it was my first immersive theatre experience and it is not an exaggeration to say that it changed me as a person. This show gave me a totally new perspective about theatre and the possibilities theatre brings. I cannot do it justice with a review or any comments for that matter. If you have the opportunity to see a Punchdrunk performance, go. You will not be disappointed.
Rachel John (alt. Felicia – Memphis – September 2015). I was seeing Mamma Mia! when my friend and I decided to see another show the same day. With plans to see Memphis the following week anyway, we decided to get Day Seats for the evening performance. We would be seeing the alternate Felicia (Rachel) but I was assured that she was great, the curtain rose and *cue Memphis obsession*. The moment Rachel John opened her mouth I was mesmerised, a seriously knock-out performance throughout the whole show. I can’t even choose a highlight because the entire show was the highlight.
Sheridan Smith (Fanny Brice – Funny Girl – December 2015). There was a lot of hype surrounding the sold-out show and I was definitely not left disappointed. Having little knowledge about the show (apart from YouTube videos, and, inevitably, Glee) I was apprehensive about whether I would enjoy it. Boy, did I not need to worry. Sheridan’s performance was one of the highlights of my theatre year (or life in general), not only was her stage presence electric but her acting and comical timing were simply perfection.
Harry Melling (Jason/Tyrone – Hand to God – April 2016). I had not previously seen any professional puppetry and although I appreciated that it must be very difficult, I did not expect to ever see a puppet as its own character – as a separate entity from its puppeteer. Harry Melling gave a flawless performance switching between his own character Jason, and the puppet Tyrone. During a scene in which only Jason and Tyrone were onstage, I was simply mesmerised watching the elaborate change in character during the quick fire dialogue – Tyrone’s physicality and voice were completely separate from Jason’s. I was in awe!
Amber Riley (Effie White – Dreamgirls – December 2016). I was a big fan of the first few seasons of Glee – you know what I’m talking about. I was always a fan of Amber Riley’s voice as well as her sassy character on the show. I was excited when it was announced that she would be taking on the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls, yet apprehensive at the same time. There was no doubt that she has an amazing voice but I was worried about her portrayal of the character on stage. Needless to say I had no reason to worry. Amber Riley’s voice brought me to tears countless times throughout the show, and her portrayal of the character was flawless; she played the role effortlessly with a sassy wit that was hilarious.