Becky Brewis is a writer and regular contributor of theatre features to IdeasTap and A Younger Theatre.
BWW Reviews: LIMBO, London Wonderground, May 20 2013
May 22, 2013
LIMBO gives traditional circus entertainment a sophisticated re-vamp with a 1920s twist, complete with contortions, illusions, sword-swallowing and aerial acrobatics to make audiences gasp.
BWW Reviews: THE HOTHOUSE, Trafalgar Studios, May 9 2013
May 10, 2013
As part of a season of politically-charged plays, the Trafalgar Studios and director Jamie Lloyd present a fast-paced witty production of Harold Pinter's tragi-comic play about cruelty and power in the modern world, starring Simon Russell Beale.
BWW Reviews: DOKTOR GLAS, Wyndham's Theatre, April 18 2013
April 19, 2013
Performed in Swedish with English surtitles, Doktor Glas stars Wallander actor Krister Henriksson, and tells the story of a physician whose unrequited love leads him into increasingly disturbing scenarios that breach more than just the codes of his profession.
BWW Reviews: THE QUEEN'S KNICKERS, Southbank Centre, February 18 2013
February 19, 2013
Nicholas Allan's best-selling children's book, The Queen's Knickers, has been adapted for the stage as part of the Southbank Centre's Imagine children's festival. With lots of witty ideas, a healthy dose of clowning, and a great storyline, it's perfect for ages 3+.
BWW Reviews: FIESTA, Trafalgar Studios, February 8 2013
February 9, 2013
Alex Helfrecht's adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises opens in Paris and ends in Pamplona, where complex human relationships blister under the heat of the Spanish sun. Physical performances and live music conjure up all the ex-pat decadence of the 1920s, and tell a truly gripping story.
BWW Reviews TONGUE FU, Rich Mix, January 10 2013
January 13, 2013
Tongue Fu is one of the hottest tickets on the spoken word calendar: a regular collaboration between performance poets, musicians and film. The mix of live, improvised music with poetry and stand-up, in a cabaret-style evening, is slick and funny, and the set-up is attracting big names - such as old hand John Hegley whose career was launched with John Peel Sessions in the 1980s - in this, admittedly slightly niche, field.
BWW Reviews: IMPROVATHON 2013, Hoxton Hall, January 11 2013
January 12, 2013
This weekend at Hoxton Hall, Extempore Theatre presents not just an evening, but a 50-hour marathon of non-stop improvisational comedy, in the form of a soap-opera set in 1920s Egypt.
BWW Reviews PRIVATES ON PARADE, Noël Coward Theatre, December 10 2012
December 15, 2012
Privates on Parade is the first in a season of five plays at the Nol Coward Theatre, where the newly-formed Michael Grandage company has set up camp. Getting the season off to a cracking start, Simon Russell Beale plays the witty, warm-hearted drag queen, Acting Captain Terri Dennis, in this classic play by Peter Nichols.
BWW Reviews: MYDIDAE, Soho Theatre, December 6 2012
December 8, 2012
This latest play by Jack Thorne, specially commissioned by new writing company DryWrite, is about a couple in their late twenties. It takes place entirely in their bathroom where, beneath the gleaming porcelain and easy companionship, a tension builds
BWW Reviews: FEATHERS IN THE SNOW, Southwark Playhouse , December 7 2012
December 8, 2012
In Philip Ridley's twisting, fast-paced epic, there is plenty to get adults thinking, and the young children in the audience were completely engrossed, too.
BWW Reviews: CERYS MATTHEWS Live At The Hippodrome, November 21
November 23, 2012
The former Catatonia front-woman and Radio 6 Music presenter mixes periods and genres in an evening of relaxed cabaret-style entertainment, joined by an excellent band.
BWW Reviews: WITHOUT YOU, Menier Chocolate Factory, September 9 2012
September 9, 2012
Adapted from Rapp's New York Times best-selling memoir, Without You tells the story of the early days of what became the Broadway phenomenon Rent, from the perspective of this original cast member, complete with songs from the show as well as fresh music coolly performed by a five-piece rock band.
BWW Reviews: MACK & MABEL, Southwark Playhouse, July 11 2012
July 12, 2012
Sometimes when directors revive old plays you wonder why they've done it. Mack & Mabel, currently playing at Southwark Playhouse, is not a classic crying out to be brought back to life, though being about the early days of cinema it is rather on trend.
BWW Reviews: SEARCH FOR A TWITTER STAR, Lyric Theatre, July 10 2012
July 10, 2012
The X Factor meets London's West End in the finale of a Twitter talent show to find the musical theatre stars of the future.
BWW Reviews: MINSK 2011, Young Vic, June 15 2012
June 16, 2012
This riveting piece by Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) tells the story of the scarred capital of Belarus, from the perspective of its disenfranchised citizens.