Though I'm not quite back up to the busyness of the months before COVID-19, I have been much busier, and therefore finally have some things to share with you that I've enjoyed in the month of August.
NST Young Company has continued to conjure up new worlds and stories in both the absence of their theatrical home, and the challenging environment of lockdown.
This isn't an exhaustive list, and I've probably forgotten a few shows, but here are some of the TV shows, films and theatre screenings I've been enjoying during lockdown.
Southampton has so much to offer, both for visitors and residents alike, and I will never get tired of it. Spend more than a few hours exploring our streets, buildings and spaces, and you’ll find a place full of heart, community and creativity.
It's been a long time since my last theatre review. Over fifteen weeks, to be exact, which is the longest I've gone without stepping foot in a theatre auditorium – and writing about it – for two years at least.
This changed last night, however, when I found myself on a very unusual Zoom call; one like no other.
Two weeks ago, Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) was the first theatre to announce its fall into administration, after the blow of the Coronavirus pandemic took its toll on the cultural community.
What an absolute whirlwind February was! My 2020 mantra of 'Less Is More' has been well and truly left in the dust.
Make It SO 2020 (10-29 February) saw 19 locally-created, work-in-progress shows being performed and showcased over three weeks in NST's Studio space. The festival – in its second year! – was a chance for actors and creators to get feedback on performances and gain much-needed reactions, while getting their names out to new audiences.
Last weekend I made my first trip to Chichester Festival Theatre; a venue I've wanted to visit for a while!
My excuse, finally, was to review A Monster Calls for Broadway World UK, which I had heard good things about and had volunteered to watch.
Adapted and directed by Liam Gifford, assisted by Rosie Peters, and produced by Holly Mitchell, this version of Twelfth Night is NST Youth Theatre's latest production; and while the script is all Shakespeare's, this is well and truly a modern-day rom-com.