Sarah Finch's Blog (17)

Young Critics Review: Company of Sirens presents the Welsh premier of Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur, Directed by Chris Durnall.

On Wednesday the 28th of May at the Studio in Chapter Arts Centre, Canton, Company of Sirens presented the Welsh premier of Philip Ridley’s Mercury Fur, directed by Chris Durnall.

In 2005 writer Philip Ridley wrote his most controversial play entitled Mercury Fur. The play is set in an apocalyptic London where gangs and drugs control daily life and the youth must do whatever they can in order to survive. We follow…

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Added by Sarah Finch on June 12, 2014 at 21:01 — No Comments

Young Critics Review: 21st Century Dinosaurs!

Award winning director and filmmaker, Chris Tally Evans brings his latest show 21st Century Dinosaurs to Chapter in Canton Cardiff where I caught it on the 27th of March.

21st Century Dinosaurs follows the story Oliver Jenkins, played by Chris Tally Evans, Edith Temple played by Lyn Street and Bob, played by Nureen Naz. The play follows Edith and Bob who openly discuss their visual impairments and…

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Added by Sarah Finch on April 2, 2014 at 16:59 — 1 Comment

Young Critics Review: Everyman Theatre presents - Our Town

Originally opening in New York in 1938 and even debuting on radio in 1939, the play ‘Our Town’ written by Thornton Wilder is the story of a group of people living in a small town called Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire which is located in the North Eastern part of the United States of America. We follow two families and local town folk in their daily life for the first part between 1901 to 1904 and the second part from 1904 to 1913.…

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Added by Sarah Finch on March 21, 2014 at 7:51 — No Comments

Young Critics Review: Theatr Na Nog presents - A Story of Tom Jones

The Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd and what better venue for Theatr Na Nog to perform Tom – A Story of Tom Jones, than in his home town in the South Wales valleys. On Thursday the 7th of March I travelled to this intimate venue, which is well known for its musical ventures alongside theatrical debuts to see what Theatr Na Nog had spent months perfecting ready to showcase.

The story begins with Thomas Woodward, played…

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Added by Sarah Finch on March 10, 2014 at 17:29 — No Comments

Young Critics Review: Joanna Young presents - RECALL

On Friday the 28th of February at the Sherman Theatre, I attended Joanna Young’s finale piece of her trilogy which was entitled RECALL.

Having met Joanna the previous week and laughing with her that I wasn’t really a huge fan of dance theatre I was instantly drawn to the idea that this was her third show to round off her piece, I was really intrigued to see her grand finale. I also completely loved the design of the…

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Added by Sarah Finch on March 5, 2014 at 11:50 — No Comments

Young Critics Review: Tree of Leaf & Flame - Tales from the Mabinogion.

On Wednesday the 12th of February I went along to experience performance storytelling at Chapter Arts Canton, Cardiff. This was an art form I hadn’t experienced before, by the trio; Tree of Leaf and Flame. The stories in store for us that evening involved classic Welsh folktales from The Mabinogion, a collection of tales passed through generations.

Storyteller Daniel Morden began by gracing our ears in animatedly and…

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Added by Sarah Finch on February 18, 2014 at 11:12 — No Comments

Young Critics Review: Run Amok Theatre - 4.48 Psychosis

On the 30th of January, for my first review of the year I attended the opening night of Run Amok Theatre’s Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis at Chapter Arts Centre.

To take on Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis is an exceptionally tricky task considering the delicate nature of mental illness but also the fragile and complicated writing within Kane’s last work. 4.48 was often the time that the depression wracked Kane wrote most of…

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Added by Sarah Finch on February 4, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Young Critics Review: Sherman Cymru - The Sleeping Beauties

On Wednesday the 11th of December I attended a completely sold out viewing of The Sherman Cymru’s –

Sleeping Beauties.

With an outstandingly designed set by Rachael Canning, stunning costume design and fantastic lighting display, this really is the Christmas show of the year. Written by Robert Alan Evans and directed by Roisin McBrinn, Sleeping Beauties puts a modern day twist on a much loved classic fairy tale. Not only is the audience…

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Added by Sarah Finch on December 16, 2013 at 13:54 — No Comments

Young Critics Review: ScriptSlam at The Sherman Theatre

Tuesday 26th of November I attended Script Slam at The Sherman Theatre as part of the 40th Birthday celebrations. Script Slam exhibited nine new original Welsh plays over the course of three days, all keeping a theme of anniversary to coincide with The Shermans’ celebration party.

Fortunately I was able to catch the first evening to which we were treated to three pieces of work; GM written by Neil Walden, Together written by Neil Bebber and A Very Modern Office…

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Added by Sarah Finch on December 8, 2013 at 20:44 — 1 Comment

Young Critics Review: Dirty Protest presents Parallel Lines by Katherine Chandler

‘Evil prevails when a good man does nothing’

On Thursday 21st of November I attended Chapter Arts Centre for the first showing of Katherine Chandler’s new piece, Parallel Lines.

As soon as I entered the…

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Added by Sarah Finch on November 23, 2013 at 8:21 — No Comments

Young Critics Review: Ballet Cymru presents Romeo & Juliet.

On Sunday the 10th of November I attended Ballet Cymru’s performance of Romeo And Juliet in the Wales Millennium Centre.  Having not had much experience with dance theatre, especially ballet I was looking forward to witnessing something new. The ballet took place in the Weston studio where I found the set visually intriguing, different parts of the stage had rows of chains which enabled the dancers the freedom to move in the space and give the…

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Added by Sarah Finch on November 15, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Young Critics Review - EXPERIMENTICA13: BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN

From the 6th of November through to the 10th of November I was fortunate enough to be presented a festival pass for Chapters’ Experimentica13: Born Under A Bad Sign event. This was a showcase for talent from across Wales to introduce performances using a wide variety of media and techniques. As this was the…

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Added by Sarah Finch on November 13, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Young Critic Review: Free Folk (Forest Forge)

October 17th 2013 I attended the opening night first showing of the Forest Forge production: Free Folk, written by Gary Owen and directed by Kirstie Davis, at The Sherman Theatre.

Free folk follows five strangers as their paths cross one stormy night and they become trapped not only physically but mentally as we the audience witness relatable situations with the internal struggles and personal journeys of each character. We are invited into the mind sets of this vast range…

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Added by Sarah Finch on October 22, 2013 at 21:37 — No Comments

Young Critic Review - Re-Live: Age

Running over the course of two nights I was able to attend the performance of ‘Age’ on Friday 14th of June at Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff.  The production was part of the program Re-Live who specialise in delivering life story documentary work, and in particular with this fascinating collection of people sharing powerful snippets from different milestones of their life journeys.

‘Age’ is a group of 10, very…

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Added by Sarah Finch on June 19, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Dennis Kelly - Love & Money

On Thursday 18th of April I attended Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff to view the production Love and Money.

Love and Money tells the story of relationships, heartache, sacrifice, obsession and money within the marriage of a young couple, David and Jess. Written by Dennis Kelly, we follow a young woman’s all too familiar addiction for material items with an expensive taste and the severe consequences that follow.

Love and money takes the audience on a…

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Added by Sarah Finch on April 23, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Deborah Light's 'Hide'

On the 22nd of February I was fortunate enough to attend Deborah Light's production of Hide at the renowned Chapter Arts Centre based in Canton, Cardiff

Upon my reflection of Hide I have come to the realisation that Deborah Light has managed to…

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Added by Sarah Finch on March 4, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

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