Jessica Wali

Jessica is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance at Birkbeck, University of London. Her background in theatre includes 3 years training at California State University, Fullerton and volunteering as acting coach and director in her hometown’s high school drama departments. As a California native, Jessica is excited to experience the rich culture and tradition surrounding London’s theatre industry. To read more about Jessica’s current interests, visit her blog at theshakespearience.wordpress.com.
Macbeth

This modern take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth is fast-paced with focused energy and thought-provoking choices. With a small cast, who doubled up for many roles, and minimal scenery, The New London Company has pared down the spectacle to present a fresh and dynamic production of the infamous Scottish play. At the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

Saturday 23rd June 2012 Read more...
Jubilee

Jubilee is a 1930s Cole Porter musical about a fictional royal family who escape the pressures of stately life in order to meet their celebrity inspirations, who encourage them to pursue their passions. Julia Hillman’s production is a fun-loving satire, with a humourous blend of American and British past times. Despite a few dry performances, Jubilee’s overall comical tone is rather intoxicating. At the Tabard Theatre.

Saturday 16th June 2012 Read more...
Daybreak

Bobby Cronin’s latest musical delves right into the complicated relationships of families and lovers from the point of crisis to resolution through passionate music and heartfelt lyrics. Reminiscent ofThe Last Five Years, The two couples’ stories interweave through time and space to create a heartfelt exploration of forgiveness and change. At the Tristan Bates Theatre.

Sunday 10th June 2012 Read more...
The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular operetta is alive and well in Turnham Green. With a cast of 16, a full band, and a lovely set crammed into the tiny theatre, Matthew Harrison has directed a boisterous show full of laughter and fun. At the Tabard Theatre.

Monday 28th May 2012 Read more...
Touched… Like a Virgin

The Soho theatre’s cabaret production of ‘Touched,” directed by James Phillips, is nicely presented by three performers -one acts, one sings, the other plays the music- who are all inspired by Madonna’s greatest hits. While the songs were good fun, and there were some great laughs, Madonna could have inspired a lot more in this production. At the Soho Theatre.

Saturday 26th May 2012 Read more...
Henna Night

Henna Night is a touching conversation between two women who are hypothetically at odds with each other. Their unlikely encounter turns from civility to accusation to finally an intimate realisation that what initially makes them enemies can easily make them friends. The thin line that separates the two is crossed within an hour in Amy Rosenthal’s humble yet enlightening exploration of female relationships. At the Pleasance, Islington.

Monday 14th May 2012 Read more...
If What I Hear is True

In his 55 minute production, writer, director and designer Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas utilizes intense lighting, deep bass, fog, and a young group of actors to convey isolation, miscommunication and escape in a contemporary urban world we (as Londoners) are all too familiar with. Although the message was accessible, in many ways DeBiswas’ spectacular packaging overtook the theatrical story. At the Yard Theatre.

Saturday 5th May 2012 Read more...
In the Solitude of Cotton Fields

Bernard-Marie Koltes, a French contemporary of Samuel Beckett, has given us an absurdist infused play that is often comparable to Waiting for Godot. Director Kimberly Sykes’ intriguing spin on In the Solitude of Cotton Fields is successfully sparse, experimental and risqué. At the Tristan Bates Theatre.

Sunday 22nd April 2012 Read more...
The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a delightful 1985 Tony-winning musical which Aria Entertainment have splendidly revived in a cosy pub for a night of light-hearted entertainment. The gregarious cast act, sing, and dance with 19th century charm while they regale us with a mischievous ‘whodunnit’ tale whose conclusion ends up in the audiences hands. At the Landor Theatre.

Saturday 14th April 2012 Read more...
The Comedy of Errors

The Rose’s 90-minute production of one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies was performed with great gusto by a well-meaning cast. Although there were some hilarious moments, overall the production was predictable, from the props to the costumes to casting decisions, which suggests an amateur company that is still getting their feet off the ground. At the Rose Theatre, Bankside.

Sunday 8th April 2012 Read more...
A Clockwork Orange

Volcano’s recent production of A Clockwork Orange is brash, loud, and everything you’d expect a staged version of the notoriously ultraviolent novella to be. Retold by 5 actors over the course of one and a half hours at a relentlessly high level of intensity, one walks away feeling as though they’ve been hit with a sledgehammer.

Thursday 29th March 2012 Read more...
The Oresteia

Anastasia Revi's intelligent production of Aeschylus' trilogy, translated by Ted Hughes, is fascinating and powerful. A talented cast, an insightful design team and the Daemonia Nymphe musical ensemble fuse together, invoking all of the senses, to depict the volatile devastation of one family and the merciless circularity of vengeance. At Riverside Studios.

Thursday 1st March 2012 Read more...
Pitch Perfect

Jonathan Lewis's latest comedy is filled with situational humour and a blithe understanding of the corporate infused advertising world. In an industry where 'Coca-cola outsells Jesus' and co-workers are pitted against each other, anxiety builds and tumbles into chaos, resulting in a hilarious night. At the Tabard Theatre.

Thursday 23rd February 2012 Read more...
Romeo and Juliet

Action to the Word's gritty update to Romeo and Juliet is physical, visceral and punchy, but a couple of their modern twists on the classic tale detract rather than enhancing the twee romance and naivete of the original. At Camden People's Theatre.

Saturday 18th February 2012 Read more...


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