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Watch: Safe House

This is a call out to anyone in or near Leicester today… if you’re not doing anything tonight then I’d massively recommend spending 40 minutes of your life watching Safe House!

Created by Leicester-based theatre company Metro-Boulot-Dodo, this is an incredible outdoor performance which mixes music, recorded speech, visual projection and aerial dance

It explores our emotional ties to where we live and the differences between a ‘house’ and a ‘home’

It’s already toured around the country (you can see some clips from Stockton in the video above) and this weekend forms part of Leicester’s City Festival


I went along last night (see rubbish phone photo above!) and thoroughly enjoyed it

It really was visually stunning and like nothing else I’d seen in the city, especially as it was based around a large purpose-built house structure, which had been erected in an old car park

Tonight is your last night to see the (FREE!) show in Leicester – I’d recommend wrapping up, it pains me to say it, but I think summer is coming to an end

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Day 6: Richard III

Richard III (Photo: Robert Day)

Last week we were kindly invited to a performance of Shakespeare’s Richard III at Nottingham Playhouse

The theatre were looking for Leicester bloggers to review the first proper production of the play since the discovery of the real king’s bones in a car park

Despite the local link, neither of us had actually seen the play before

So first things first, two things to admit…
1. We were both feeling pretty tired after work, so were a little worried about facing 2hrs 30 of Shakespeare
2. We (annoyingly) arrived late and missed the first 10 minutes of the show

Two very important points, because…
1. Despite the tiredness and theatre being pretty warm, we were both absolutely captivated by the performance
2. B was waiting for the ‘This is the winter of our discontent’ speech all the way through… that’ll be the opening speech then

Richard III (Photo: Robert Day)

So why were we captivated?

Well much of that has to be down the the excellent acting – in particular from Ian Bartholomew as Richard and Milo Twomey as Buckingham, pictured above

Bartholomew’s portrayal of Richard is darkly humorous and in turns quite charming, his soliloquies and asides with the audience reveal his plans and as the play unfolds we found ourselves secretly hoping he would succeed!

The lines were delivered very naturally by all the actors, and although fast paced (they were on stage for 2hrs 30), it was easy to follow the plot

The set is very cleverly designed, a tombstone lined wall gives a medieval feel whilst projections to depict off stage murders and dream scenes add a modern twist

The cast use the whole of the theatre including the stalls and the circle which make for a very involving performance

Richard III (Photo: Robert Day)

This is the first major production of Richard III since the discovery of Richard’s bones and this historical find has shed new light on the events leading up to Richard’s death at the battle of Bosworth (we resisted whooping when Leicester and Bosworth were mentioned on stage!)

It is now known that Richard was not wearing a helmet when he was killed and which weapons were used to deliver the two fatal blows that killed him

Director Loveday Ingram has called on this new historical information to create a more authentic re-enactment of Richard’s death on stage

So a very enjoyable evening at the theatre – and it’s made us even more determined that Richard’s bones should stay in Leicester!

Richard III can be seen at Nottingham Playhouse until Saturday, November 16  (and you can see our Q&A with the king himself here!)

Photos above by Robert Day

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Watch: Frankenstein

I’ve just got back from the cinema, where I watched the most amazing theatre production

Odd sentence?

Every year the National Theatre organise a series of productions to be streamed live from the stage to hundreds of cinema screens around the world

Last year, one of their most successful productions was Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein

So popular in fact, that they’ve decided to tease ahead to the new NT Live season by screening the recordings of the show again…

For anyone who’s ever read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, you’ll know how bound the title character is with his “monster”

To emphasise this, throughout the run of the production the two lead actors – Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller – swapped roles on alternate nights

Last year I saw the live stream of the show at Broadway in Nottingham – with Cumberbatch as Frankenstein and Miller as the creature

I was completely won over by the incredible scenery (the lights hanging above the are just something else), costumes, script – everything was completely captivating

And the acting from the leads was just so brilliant I thought they were made for the roles

That’s why I was very interested to see them in the alternate roles – and was so happy to secure a ticket to see the appropriate encore at Phoenix Square in Leicester this evening (every seat was full!)

And my verdict? AMAZING

I urge you to catch the encores while and if you can

My only regret is not having seen the production in an actual theatre too!

(The trailer does NOT do it justice – but I needed something to break up the stream of consciousness!)

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