Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story

Beginning in Lubbock, Texas, a young Buddy, with the support of local radio DJ, ‘Hipockets’, Duncan, sets his sights on fame and becoming a star. With his two pals Joe (Joe Butcher) and Jerry (Josh Haberfield), “The Crickets” are a trio of fun and talent. Enjoying the platform of local radio, Buddy decides to pursue…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

As night falls and the moon rises our story of love, fairies and spells unfolds. Puck, shrewd and sprightly, reminds us to rest as he sets the scene. Masterfully played by James Templeton; he is as energetic as he is engaging. With great delivery he quickly has the audience captivated; something he manages to maintain…

The Story Giant

From the four corners of the earth travel four children. Meeting in the land of sleep and slumber, these dreaming explorers encounter a looming library like no other they have ever seen. Not only does this behemoth bibliotheca present them with more books than they could ever consider to exist, it presents them with a…

The Conquest of the South Pole

Following The Everyman Company’s success with Fiddler on The Roof, they have now taken on a very different challenge for their second production. Manfred Karge’s The Conquest of the South Pole is a play that if nothing else, shows the flexibility and versatility of this group of actors. Director Nick Bagnall has done well to…

Moonlight

Starting in Miami, the story of Chiron begins with him running and hiding from bullies who have clearly singled him out as the weakling of the group. Nicknamed ‘Little’, he truly is a picture of vulnerability; small in stature and socially inept, this only child of an addict mother is lost in a world where…

Fiddler on the Roof

Theatre review: Fiddler on the Roof Today’s world is full of news stories about division, suspicion and conflict of beliefs. No different, it would seem, was life in 1905. Here we meet Teyve, the husband of Golde, and father of five daughters. In the opening scene a four piece band booms as the Everyman’s new…

The Loney

Book review: The Loney From the first few pages, Andrew Michael Hurley begins with one of the many spirals that slowly unwind throughout the duration of the book. We meet our narrator and main character, Smith. Troubled by his present and seeking peace with his past. Hurley’s masterful use of inference and the things that…

The Star

Theatre review: The Star Anniversaries are always a time for celebration, and in the case of the Playhouse Theatre’s 150th year; the occasion has been marked in quite a special way. ‘The Star’ takes us back to the theatre’s first incarnation – The Star Music Hall and in doing so, allows us to meet the…

The Pass

The Pass review: Originally published on Pride at the Pictures The Pass -adapted from John Donnelly’s play of the same name– is centred on the game of football. A game that has the ability to bring people together; stirring emotions and creating memories that are passed from generation to generation. The “beautiful game” is very…

Zadar

Travel review: Zadar, Croatia Tracing its origin to its 4th century BC founding as a settlement of an Illyrian tribe, Zadar’s history is a narrative of cultures meeting and merging. The result today is a fine mix of food, culture and architecture for visitors to discover. As a port on the Adriatic Sea, Zadar has…