Archive for November, 2012

PID (Planet In Distress) review

Posted in Game Tirades with tags , on November 24, 2012 by helenparker1212

 

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My short play in Dirty Stop Outs: Reviewed

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2012 by helenparker1212

So I had another short play on this year, part of a series of course, not quite there yet. Here are the reviews so far –

 

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Vivienne Kennedy reviews Dirty Stop Outs at Bristol Bierkeller Theatre

 This evening, Monday 19 November, I visited the Bristol’s Bierkeller Theatre to watch Dirty Stop Outs, a collection of six new pieces of writing inspired by the venue itself, directed by Emel Yilmaz, Anna Girvan and Nancy Medina. Writers Eleanor Blaney, Carrie Rhys Davies, Heather Lister, Rebecca Megson and Helen K Parker were each invited to write for a specific area of the theatre, on a theme of one night at the Bierkeller Night Club; they had twenty minutes and a maximum of four actors to play with.  The result is an event that takes the audience on a tour of the theatre, visiting a backstage dressing room and the toilets on the way.

Some moments feel very intimate, almost intrusive, others are less so. The scenes contain humour, pathos and strong characters, many of whom will be recognised by anyone who has ever visited any nightclub.  Each piece of writing is very different in style but the connections between them work very well and the transitions are smooth. A couple are quite poetic and one is wordless but incredibly moving. I was close to tears at times and laughing out loud at other moments. The writing, acting and direction are strong throughout.  I particularly enjoyed Eleanor Blaney’s work; she was responsible for writing two pieces – Backstage Burlesque and Toilets – and probably had the hardest spaces to write for. I would never have guessed that the same writer was responsible for those two particular sections of the evening.

I also really liked the final piece, How to Make an Exit by Carrie Rhys Davies. This was by far the funniest section and could very easily have been the result of observing a certain party animal that I know well. As soon as it finished my colleague turned to me and said “Oh my goodness that could have been ….”. I’ll leave the name blank to preserve the person concerned’s blushes.  All in all Dirty Stop Outs provides a great evening of entertainment, showcasing some very talented writers and making excellent use of the Bierkeller Theatre space. The only shame was that there weren’t more people there this evening to see it.

 

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Reviewer: Jacqui Onions

Ever arrived at a night club a bit too early? That’s the slightly awkward anticipation in the air as the audience slowly drift into the Bierkeller Theatre for SanaRT Theatre’s Dirty Stop Outs. The DJ on the stage, reminiscent of a school disco, is blasting out tunes while a few, already well intoxicated lads enjoy having the run of the place. A few other actors are dotted around the room but it is hard to tell initially who is cast and who is audience.

The actors are signalled, rather unsubtly, by the flicking of the lights behind the bar off and on again and so the action begins in the first of six new short plays written specifically for and inspired by the unusual space that is the Bierkeller Theatre; presented in a promenade performance.

First of all, a piece called One Last One by Helen K Parker makes the audience the customers of a bar, observing the drunk, loud-mouthed yuppie that we’ve all experienced before, arguing with the barman over being served that one last drink. Some interesting themes of class divide and prejudice are explored in this piece but unfortunately some of this is lost due to the site-specific nature of the performance, with the yuppie pacing up and down the bar and often directing his lines away from where the audience have chosen to sit.

Next the audience move on to three very different women out to celebrate a divorce in Rebecca Megson’s Dancing to the Moon. There are potentially three very interesting characters to eavesdrop on here, with three very different stories to tell, but unfortunately, due to the short nature of this play (each writer is given a maximum of 20 minutes for their piece) it is not possible to fully explore each of these characters. This prevents the audience from really making a connection with any of them and therefore Dancing to the Moon feels a little less believable that some of the other works on display.

Swoop by Heather Lister also introduces three very different characters, but in this case they address the audience, each telling their story, and therefore create a much better connection. After this engrossing piece of theatre, Backstage by Eleanor Blaney is a bit of an anti-climax as it is ultimately just a stripper putting on her fringe underwear and nipple tassels rather than taking them off.

Blaney more than redeems herself with Toilets, which very cleverly turns on its head the cliché of women going to the toilet in groups by focussing on the toilet habits of the men at the club. Of course, being site-specific, the action actually takes place in the toilets. A witty script, well performed; this is one of the highlights of the show.

The best is definitely saved until last in the form of How to Make an Exit by Carrie Rhys Davies. This monologue explores the challenges of drunkenly leaving a party. Funny without glamourizing binge drinking, yet not appearing preachy either, this script is pitched perfectly and given a performance to match. Dirty Stop Outs is worth checking out for this piece alone.

What is particularly clever about Dirty Stops Out is how each of these very distinct stories, under the direction of Anna Girvan and Nancy Medina, flow to form a single, coherent piece of theatre, depicting an eventful evening in a nightclub. With the colourful language you would expect in a sleazy bar and more flesh on show than some people may feel comfortable with, Dirty Stop Outs will understandably offend a few but for most it will provide an interesting night out.

 

HALO 4 review

Posted in Game Tirades with tags , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by helenparker1212

 

 

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HOTLINE MIAMI review

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 10, 2012 by helenparker1212

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ASSASSIN’S CREED 3 Review

Posted in Game Tirades with tags , , , on November 4, 2012 by helenparker1212

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