Would you expect the opening scene of an opera to feature an enormous, monstrous lobster? Neither would I; but my latest trip to the theatre proved that there's a first time for everything!
The titular dead dog in this show is just one small part of a production which flips a classic opera on its head and turns it into a mixtape that covers the entire emotional spectrum.
Annie whisks you back to a time of uncertainty and hardship during America's Great Depression, but shares a story of hope, resilience, and optimism. You're bound to be grinning by the end: after all...you're never fully dressed without a smile.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery does what it says on the tin – it's a comedy show involving a bank robbery – but that's where the simplicity stops. This production is an incredibly clever and witty tonic to the chaos and seriousness of real life at the moment, and an escape from the drudgery filling our newsfeeds.
Jersey Boys has swaggered onto the stage at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre, ready to transport us back to the sixties; to the heyday of classic rock ''n roll and the giants of the airwaves.
Abigail's Party is a bit of a cult classic, and it's on tour right now, transporting theatres around the UK back to 1977 complete with pineapple and cheese on sticks and platform heels.
The Girl on the Train has pulled in right on time to Southampton and has made the Mayflower Theatre its station for the next few days as part of its UK tour.
The Shadow Factory returns to Nuffield Southampton Theatres after its sell-out run in 2018.
It's the show's 10-year anniversary, and American Idiot is on its UK tour. This week it arrived at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre for a few days, and I was lucky enough to go to the press night to review the production.
2018 was my year of theatre. I don't think I've ever seen so many shows in my life! Here are 10 of my favourite (mainly regional) theatre productions from 2018.