Private Peaceful – Richmond Theatre, London

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. Writer: Michael Morpurgo (adapted by Simon Reade) Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Alice McGuigan Rating: 3 The silhouette of a soldier crosses the dim-lit stage of no-man’s land. Arriving at a thin, wiry bed, he strips off his uniform to reveal a young boy in braces, sounding … More Private Peaceful – Richmond Theatre, London

A Christmas Carol, The Musical – Tabard Theatre, London

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. Writers: Mike Ockrent & Lynn Ahrens Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Director: Lee Greenaway Reviewer: Alice McGuigan The Public Reviews Rating:  “Isn’t it nice that once again it’s Christmas Eve?” chime the joyous ensemble in the opening track A Jolly Good Time. This sentiment could … More A Christmas Carol, The Musical – Tabard Theatre, London

‘Roots’ by Arnold Wesker, Donmar Warehouse, London

FOUR STARS  ‘The world’s been growing for two thousand years and we haven’t noticed it” cries new Londoner, Beatie Bryant (Jessica Raine), visiting her family in rural Norfolk. No one listens. Part of Wesker’s trilogy, this kitchen sink drama explores Beatie’s family ‘roots’ cut off from the ‘roots’ of socialism. Clinging zealously to every syllable … More ‘Roots’ by Arnold Wesker, Donmar Warehouse, London