Leslie Herman Jones's Blog (12)

Oklahoma! the musical is mainstream defined, or is it? by Response Critic Leslie R.Herman Jones

Oklahoma! the musical is ‘mainstream’ defined, or is it? The UK National Tour, a Music & Lyrics and Royal & Derngate Northampton co-production of Oklahoma! at Wales Millennium Centre this July is classified as 'mainstream' theatre. It has mass appeal; it packs houses, and it leaves audiences feelin’ alright. But is it mainstream?…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on July 22, 2015 at 0:00 — No Comments

Is Matthew Bourne a household name? Review of Lord of the Flies at WMC by Response Team member, Leslie Herman Jones

Is Matthew Bourne a household name? I wasn't sure. It’s difficult to think of many artists who are actual household names, and I have to admit that I didn’t know him or his work until a few years ago, even though he has been in this creative business for almost thirty years, has received an OBE for his work and gained criticism like, ‘Matthew Bourne…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on November 9, 2014 at 5:00 — No Comments

Oh, that's why....RESPONSE to Llais/Voice by Elgan Rhys

This review aims to reflect the graphic and very cryptic style of the production.

That is what Llais/Voice gave to me, it's how I experienced it, so it seems fitting to give something similar back:- …


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on September 1, 2014 at 4:30 — 2 Comments

Everyman's Equus: Horses for Courses. Review by Response Team Critic Leslie R. Herman Jones

Peter Shaffer’s Equus opened at the National Theatre in London in 1973 and came to Broadway in 1974. Anthony Hopkins played Martin Dysart; Thomas Hulce played Alan Strang.  I was in the audience. It was on at a conventional Broadway space, the Plymouth Theatre on W45St, but unconventionally for the time, there were a few rows of seats on the stage, to bring the audience closer to the action, and there we sat – on a Year 10 school trip.  Hopkins and Hulce, in this profoundly…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on June 22, 2014 at 1:00 — No Comments

Gwanwyn Festival at the Sherman by Response Critic Leslie Herman Jones

Suitably staged (and not just for seniors, but for families and young people, too) at 2.30 on a Sunday afternoon, Stepping into Spring drew a good-sized, intergenerational crowd. It was a joyful experience, and I was moved to tears of joy more than once.

Dressed in his Sunday best shorts and t shirt and straight from the surf so he said, Age Cymru’s new Chief Executive, Ian Thomas, made the introductions to this Gwanwyn Festival event: the culmination of a…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on June 3, 2014 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

The Very Impressive Cordydd at Carnegie Hall: A Match Made in Heaven for the also Impressive Weather

Prelude to my use of cliché:   Please don’t chop my head off - clichés have gained their status because they are true. Also true that writers are warded off using them directly, but indirectly, they serve as useful points of reference: so, here it…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on April 1, 2014 at 23:30 — No Comments

Will the real Tom Jones please stand up? Third Age Critics Review of Tom - A Story of Tom Jones

Even if no claims to impersonation have been made, audience expectations are sure to run high when dramatising a living legend. Sky high when that legend is Tom Jones, who is not only alive and well, but appears on prime time TV every Saturday night looking sharp as nails. 

Tom Jones really is one of Wales’ greatest exports, and Theatr Na Nog’s production (in partnership with RCT and NPT Theatres), Tom - A Story of Tom Jones, opened most…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on March 13, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

Bare Fiction Magazine - Cardiff Launch

Host your event at Gwdihw and you’re off to a good start gwdihw.co.uk/--it may translate as owl but Gwdihw is synonymous with good times. Any event I’ve ever been to there is embellished by its charm and innate vibe. Even non-events become one – the times I stop in on the way home for no particular reason other than to stop in and stay a while, make my day.

The purr of a…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on February 15, 2014 at 2:30 — 3 Comments

Act III: Reflections of a 3rd Age Critic

Guy O’Donnell asked Leslie Herman Jones to reflect on her experience as a 3rd Age Critic, considering what it has meant to her and what she feels she’s contributed.

Reflecting is an interesting process. While I was at it for this, I found myself also reflecting on the act of reflection itself, which is defined as ‘thinking usefully towards a deeper understanding of life and to the fullness of wisdom’ (Ratnaguna, The Art of…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on January 22, 2014 at 23:00 — 2 Comments

Response to RESPONSE @ World Stage Design 2013

Opening day at World Stage Design 2013 #WSD13 was like full immersion into a shark tank for someone like Jacques Cousteau. I didn’t know him personally but he impressed me as a man who, when faced with a deep blue sea full of the promise for adventure, learning, new pathways, excitement and maybe some danger, would dive right in. Jacques and I have a…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on September 15, 2013 at 7:30 — 6 Comments

3rd Age Critic Review SHOWSTOPPERS ELEPHANTS EH? Leslie Herman Jones RWCMD Friday 7 June 2013

Elephants Eh?  What can I say?

I saw Showstopper’s newest musical, Elephants Eh? on Friday night at RWCMD’s Richard Burton Theatre.…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on June 8, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

3rd Age Critic Review DIARY OF A MADMAN Leslie Herman Jones Sherman Cymru Thursday 23 May 2013

Theatre 2's intimate performance space provided an apt arena for Living Pictures Productions’ Diary of a Madman. As the audience entered in a dim light, a large man lay on his back, asleep or dead I wondered, on a square platform of plain wooden pallets, an origami bird sat on his chest. The atmosphere this created was tangible.


And it wasn’t just…


Added by Leslie Herman Jones on May 25, 2013 at 23:30 — No Comments

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