Bad Teacher emerges as a brilliant testament to solo performance and feminist theatre, masterfully penned and performed by the remarkable Erin Holland. In a one-woman show that’s both uproarious and thought-provoking, Holland presents a captivating array of characters that showcase her acting prowess, rivalling the talents of celebrated performers like Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie Comer.
Holland’s Evie navigates the complex duality of her life, seamlessly transitioning between characters and breathing life into each with an array of accents, tones, and rhythms. This production excels not only in laughter but also delves into poignant moments, handling themes such as suicide and emotional turmoil with a delicate touch, demonstrating Holland’s nuanced approach to storytelling.
Bad Teacher arrives in Edinburgh with a notable history of success. After a sold-out run in 2022, the show now occupies a venue four times its size, a testament to its growing popularity. Additionally, a well-received run at the Vault Festival in 2023 further solidified its acclaim.
As the final curtain falls, Bad Teacher leaves an indelible mark. With Holland’s performance at the helm, this production transcends the confines of a solo show, becoming a compelling testament to character-driven theatre. Its innovative narrative, fused with feminist storytelling, cement the show as a standout in this year’s Fringe Festival – a performance that will surely be remembered for years to come.
It’s a shame that the Queen of Cups, the producing duo comprising Erin Holland and Grace O’Keefe, opted for a half-run. While we hope for a return to Edinburgh, our greater aspiration is to see this production transferred to a full run at a different venue. And with anticipation, we await new work from the Queen of Cups in the upcoming year.
The title of this winner of Theatre 503’s 2023 International Playwriting Award by Roxy Cook may seem like the set-up to a joke, but the narrative that unspools is instead an affectionate, gently barbed and at base quite sobering portrait of three ordinary souls (and one restless feline) adrift in modern Moscow. There is much affable, satirical back-and-forth commentary on the accepted myths & stereotypes of the Russian spirit & soul. Beset by the indignities of age, opportunism, graft, fatigue, the characters orbit one another, doomed to play out their roles in an unjust, predatory and saturnine universe. The play opens … More A WOMAN WALKS INTO A BANK – REVIEW – THEATRE503
Peter Pan Goes Wrong first premiered in London at the Pleasance Theatre in 2013, and earlier this year the show made its Broadway debut. Now the production is back in the West End for the Christmas season. Following on from The Play That Goes Wrong, in this production, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is staged by the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society and goes awry, disastrously so. The meta-comedy is filled with slapstick comedy, sometimes the humour may be predictable and silly, but it’s universally funny throughout – there is something for everyone here, and the laughs come thick and fast … More PETER PAN GOES WRONG – REVIEW – LYRIC THEATRE
Drawing heavily from the classic canon of the British supernatural, High Tide’s trio of contemporary Gothic narratives uses traditional storytelling formats to address contemporary themes. Directed by Elayce Ismail, reverent musical interludes accompany tales of apparitions and nighttime conjurings that speak of women from the East of England. Unfortunately, the effect is less chilling and more lightweight, with conventional structures, predictable plot twists and an over-reliance on external forces to drive narrative shoring up some of the less relatable aspects of the genre. Nicola Werenowska’s The Beach House, perhaps the cleanest of the three tales, tells of a mother and … More GHOST STORIES BY CANDLELIGHT – REVIEW – SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE
Drum roll please…(Cue a literal drum rolling across the stage.) The Lyric pantomime is one of traditions with the return of many well-loved jokes and skits. Costumes and sets are all made at the Lyric itself by Good Teeth, with set pieces being reused year on year. This year Cinderella gets the Hammersmith makeover, with some success. The costuming is fun and vibrant, with the ugly stepsisters’ equine pyjamas and hoop-skirted ball gowns giving all the wrong kinds of extra you need for those characters. Cinderella’s on stage dress transformation is magical and really well-timed. The Dame, Lady Jelly-Bottom’s, outfits … More CINDERELLA – REVIEW – LYRIC HAMMERSMITH
Amy catches up with Linus Karp ahead of his performance of Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story, at London’s Clapham Grand. Linus and Joseph of Awkward Productions are also the masterminds behind the new show Gwyneth Goes Skiing. Hello Your Majesty/ Candle Entrepreneur, how are you feeling coming back from a hugely successful fringe and triumphant tour across your kingdom, ahead of performing in front of 700 of your loyal subjects, and before (the list never ends!) opening a brand new show, which has recently gone viral? Exhausted, exhilarated and alive. We’ve had the most ridiculous year – I feel … More INTERVIEW – LINUS KARP – DIANA: THE UNTOLD AND UNTRUE STORY