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Author Archives: Will McNess

Survival of the Fittest: Unnatural Selection Review

As a child, I would often curl up on the sofa to watch Blind Date, a classic dating show in which a nice young lady asked three aspiring gentlemen searching questions under the watchful gaze of the late, great Cilla Black. Unnatural Selection takes those cherished memories and casts them in a much bleaker light, introducing us to a world ...

Bloody Hands and Bloodier Deeds: Macbeth Review

Macbeth is possibly the most famous play by Shakespeare behind Romeo and Juliet, the classic tale of murder and betrayal in the depths of Scotland is so infamous that it’s name is rarely spoken within theatre walls. While the performers of Arrows & Traps company are not strangers to Shakespeare’s work, having previously staged adaptations of Taming of the Shrew ...

Sex, Lies and Murder: Gertrude – The Cry Review

When adapting a well known work of theatre, there is always a certain level of risk, not only are you creating something to be judged in it’s own right, but also by it’s connection to the earlier work. Gertrude – The Cry, is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by south London playwright Howard Barker, and it becomes clear upon entering ...

The Killing of Charles Bravo Review: A Bizarre Murder in Balham

They say good things come in small packages, but can this be said for theatre? The Killing of Charles Bravo tests this theory with an intense performance that may leave you as confused as the case it is covering.

Bravo is a promenade piece based of the mystery of Charles Bravo, a lawyer whose suspicious death in 1876 remains unsolved to this day.

The audience are lead through the many backrooms of the Bedford, being shown of Charles' death and the ensuing court case, by one of three cast members before finally coming together to pass judgement of the case.



The story starts in the main saloon, where an auction is underway, with the three guides dotted around the room and as the bidding concludes they gather the audience members closest to them and shepherd them upstairs to begin their journey.

The guides are the three main suspects in the case of Charles Bravo's murder; his widow Florence Bravo, played by Claire Gordon-Webster, her lover Dr Gully played by Richard Darnton and his housekeeper Jane Cox played by

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Frank Sumatra Review: A Lot of Monkey Business

Some things in life simply shouldn’t be done, such as sticking forks into plug sockets, antagonizing wasps or keeping apes as house-pets. Fortunately Mike Yeaman, creator of Frank Sumatra, chose to ignore the last part. Staged as a radio play, Frank Sumatra follows Bev and Keith, played by Hannah Walker and Pip Chamberlin, a broody couple who suddenly find themselves ...

Bombs, Pubs and Beatings; Your Ever Loving Review

A tale of bomb plots, racial profiling and miscarriages of justice, Your Ever Loving may have the makings of an episode of Homeland, however it has the added bonus of being true. The play follows the story of Paul Hill, a member the Guildford Four, a group of young Irish people who were falsely imprisoned following the 1974 Guildford pub ...

Adapting Anna Karenina

There have been many adaptations of Tolstoy’s works in recent years, from the BBC’s recent adaptation of War and Peace to Tom Stoppard’s cinematic interpretation of Anna Karenina. While any form of adaptation has its own risks, working with such established classics puts an even greater pressure upon the adapters to ensure than nothing is lost in translation. Arrows and Traps ...

The Seagull Theatre Review

Russian culture is synonymous with highly intellectual literature and equally strong alcohol, so the decision to stage The Seagull at the Pack and Carriage pub was an inspired one. The Seagull was written by Chekhov in the closing years of the 18th Century, and serves as a window into the relationships of the ensemble cast, while subtly describing the attitudes ...

Colony Review: A sci-fi take on the Walking Dead

Ever since The Walking Dead shuffled, groaning, onto our screens critics and viewers alike have repeatedly commented on the fact that while it is a zombie series it is not necessarily a series about zombies. The Walking Dead is more of a look at human interaction in times of crisis, focussing on a group of survivors and their own internal ...

Five things to look forward to in March

This year has already seen some very exciting releases in the world of film and TV, from the side-splitting Deadpool, the latest seasons of Vikings and piratical drama Black Sails. Ahead there are hugely anticipated films including Suicide Squad, Rogue One and Warcraft, not to mention new series of Game Of Thrones, and brand new releases like Luke Cage. Fortunately, ...

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