Lights! Camera! Improvise! Works in the following way: Oscar the director (Jonathan Sayer) has the largest collection of films in the world including that could ever have been made. He invites the audience to mentally peruse the shelves and shout out a situation (based upon a certain theme e.g. disaster, Halloween, Valentines) which the actors will suddenly find themselves in.
Enda Walsh’s new musical ‘Once’ at the Phoenix Theatre is an adaptation of the independent film of the same name. Upon hearing this I was instantly dubious of how well a play – and a musical at that – could accurately convey the complexity of a plotline written for film. However, Walsh has struck gold with a witty script, emotional depth and fantastic cast.
First of all, performance aside, it is worth mentioning just what a phenomenal venue The Old Red Lion Theatre is. With an excellent pub downstairs and a manageable, quirky auditorium upstairs, it is well worth a trip there to see any show.
Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, returning to the Royal Opera House this month for a third time, is a spectacle of Diaghilevian proportions. From the minute the curtain rises to the sounds of Joby Talbot’s sweeping, yet crystalline score, Lewis Carroll’s tale of white rabbits and playing cards is brought to life in a way that is fresh and innovative- a true feat after over a century of endless adaptations.
Billy Bob Thornton’s upcoming film, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, is not strictly speaking autobiographical but, given that he’s written, directed and starred in the Dixie-based family drama, it does cover some of the industry icon’s reflections on his own past. After years of dealing with the Hollywood gossip bandwagon, it is good to hear Thornton speaking as an artist in his own right once again. Continue reading “Billy Bob Thornton on Jayne Mansfield’s Car”