Josey De Rossi

Drama teacher & artistic director; awarded PhD in Theatre History from the University of Sydney. Writer and researcher of drama courses & textbooks. Between 2002 – 2007 worked as artistic director, developing performance projects for young artists using emerging technologies. Arrived in London from Australia in 2008 and to work in the UK as a education resource developer in her own company Fantastic Learning Systems, an educational services that puts drama at the heart of e-learning.
Beyond happy!: Told by an Idiot's Get Happy at the Barbican

Our reviewer Josey takes eight-year-old Henry to Told By An Idiot's latest production, a collaboratove adventure-cum-panto-cum-circus show, with a giant egg sandwich thrown in. At the Barbican Centre.

Tuesday 17th December 2013 Read more...
A New Adventure: The Jungle Book at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Our reviewer takes Alannah (aged ten) and James (five) to a new version of The Jungle Book, with wonderful wild animals and a pretty convincing jungle for above a pub. At the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

Thursday 12th December 2013 Read more...
Nation Painting: Namatjira at the Southbank Centre

This play, which tells the story of Albert Namatjira, the first indigenous Australian painter to win international acclaim, premiered in Alice Springs in late 2009 and has since toured Australia. Now this fascinating story comes to London. At the Southbank Centre. 

Thursday 12th December 2013 Read more...
Indigeneity in the Contemporary World: Masi Maidens at the Bargehouse

Theatre historian Josey de Rossi, who has studied the effects of European cultural imperialism on indigenous art forms, guides us through some of the themes raised by this unusual cross-arts project. At the Bargehouse.

Tuesday 26th November 2013 Read more...
A Walk in the Woods on Shaftesbury Avenue: The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre

Julia Donaldson's story about a little mouse on an epic journey returns to the West End stage, with lively performances all round. Eight-year-old Henry helps our reviewer dish out the stars for this recommended Christmas treat for young families. At the Lyric Theatre.

Tuesday 26th November 2013 Read more...
Caravans and Heroines: Billy the Girl at the Soho Theatre

Katie Hims' Billy the Girl presents superbly drawn characters, faced with the paradox of living ordinary lives through times of big change. Direction, design and sensitive portrayals of difficult characters, combine in a moving story of about starting again. At the Soho Theatre.

Wednesday 6th November 2013 Read more...
Women v Hair: Crowning Glory at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East

This story of race, gender and hair will see you laugh, cry and fume, as an unflinchingly honest portrayal of black women dissipates the myth that we live in a post-feminist age. Explosive drama. At the Theatre Royal, Stratford East.

Friday 25th October 2013 Read more...
The Chilling Drama of Annie Palmer: The White Witch of Rose Hall at Broadway Theatre

A historical tale, set in the 1830s on one of Jamaica’s largest plantations. A story of power, sex and a fight for freedom, set against the backdrop of William Wilberforce's campaign for the abolition of slavery.

Thursday 17th October 2013 Read more...
How Henry laughed! Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain II at the Garrick Theatre

Eight-year-old Henry takes our reviewer on a truth-seeking historical adventure. Birmingham Stage Company’s sensationally-scripted Barmy Britain II proves that satire for kids is in fine shape. At the Garrick Theatre.

Tuesday 15th October 2013 Read more...
Comedy turned on its head: As You Like It at the Rose Theatre Bankside

 As You Like It, directed by Jessica Ruano, rewrites Shakespeare’s comedy by omitting the sub-plots of the play involving the comic characters of Touchstone, Corin, Silvius, Phoebe and Audrey. Her re-arranging and editing of Shakespeare’s narrativeensures that the play is re-written as a tragedy, resisting the redemptive themes in the original As You Like It text.

Friday 11th October 2013 Read more...
An Appetite For Revenge: The Spanish Tragedy at the Blue Elephant

Lazarus Theatre productions never fail to grab you from the moment you enter the theatre. You step through into a world of mayhem as if stepping through an invisible membrane that divides you from where you've come. At the Blue Elephant Theatre.

Tuesday 1st October 2013 Read more...
The holy ground of the working class: Land of Our Fathers at Theatre503

Engaging from the outset, the play hits the audience with a mining disaster only seconds after an explosion that traps six miners. The fact that it is 1979 adds even greater tension. At Theatre503.

Tuesday 24th September 2013 Read more...
Epic storytelling: London Stories at Battersea Arts Centre

It is not like any festival I have ever attended, this festival of personal stories experienced intimately between the storyteller and just myself, plus another audience member. The revelations it brings about the power of stories will stay with me, possibly forever. At Battersea Arts Centre.

Monday 23rd September 2013 Read more...
Living with MND, not dying from it: CELL at the Little Angel Theatre

The message of the play is that people live with MND rather than simple die from it. I hope Smoking Apples and Little Cauliflower Theatre have a chance to fully develop the living which their central character does with the condition. At the Little Angel Theatre.

Monday 16th September 2013 Read more...
Only in musicals... Gotta Sing Gotta Dance at Richmond Theatre

See this show. It will allow you to experience the beauty and grandeur of song and dance at its best. At Richmond Theatre.

Thursday 12th September 2013 Read more...
Miranda Sings & Artful Talent: At Leicester Square Theatre

The phenomenon which is Miranda Sings at Leicester Square is the only show in the vicinity originating from being a YouTube sensation. Colleen Ballinger is a comic genius for creating the world of Miranda, the "relly tallented" star of the bite-size screen. 

Thursday 12th September 2013 Read more...
A musical about a scandal: Profumo The Musical at Waterloo East Theatre

Unfortunately, the Profumo The Musical gives us nothing new on the Profumo Affair. Everyone, including the Kray Brothers, seemed perfectly nice and ordinary. Can anyone remember what the fuss was about? At Waterloo East.

Monday 9th September 2013 Read more...
The Pitman Painters paint their lives at the Richmond Theatre

The popularity of Lee Hall's The Pitman Painters is evident from its sell-out seasons at the National Theatre, on Broadway and in the West End. Arguably, such success must make Hall's play one of the past decade's most significant English dramas to engage contemporary audiences in re-looking at "class warfare" in post-WW2 British culture. At Richmond Theatre.

Tuesday 13th August 2013 Read more...
The Perils of Boris & Sergey: Perilous Escapade at Mimetic 2013

Journeys, quests and sweaty puppets were brought to life by Flabbergast Theatre's Perilous Escapade about two leathery characters, Boris and Sergey, who enter as the "Dynamic Duo" and sadly part in the end. At Mimetic 2013.

Wednesday 31st July 2013 Read more...
A play for our time: Something There That's Missing at Theatre503

Something There That's Missing is a play for our time, reflecting personal cultural negotiations with love, and lots of laughter. At Theatre503.

Thursday 25th July 2013 Read more...
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