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Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Mermaid" / "Little Sure Shot" / Poetry Storehouse

Two British Theatre Guide reviewing assignment on consecutive nights this week; both shows aimed at young audiences.

Firstly, “Mermaid”, from Shared Experience at Sherman Cymru; Polly Teale’s contemporary take on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” – some dazzling aquatic-themed movement, but there were some issues with the intersecting narratives, and I found it slightly ironic that in a piece about female empowerment, the most interesting character was a man.

Next, at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, “Little Sure Shot”, Lucy Rivers’ musical take on the story of cowgirl superstar Annie Oakley; also with a vaguely feminist empowerment theme. Very well done, but shockingly poorly attended. The first televised Welsh election debate was taking place in the larger performance space in the same building – probably less edifying.

 Little Sure Shot (Farrows Creative)

This week, I notched up my 50th video for verse taken from The Poetry Storehouse. It’s been a wild ride.

"The Noisy Person I Am" - by Christine Potter from OTHNIEL SMITH on Vimeo.

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