David Richards

David has been writing reviews and articles for theatrical publications since January 2012, as well as collaborating on scripting a new musical. He has also worked, under a stage name, as an actor and choreographer, so endeavours to appreciate theatre from both a critic’s and actor’s perspective when reviewing, in order to give a rounded, fair and informed opinion. He is extremely passionate about theatre in all aspects. If not on stage, choreographing or teaching, he’s writing about it!
Solidly crafted, but slightly stretched: Spoonface Steinberg at Jermyn Street Theatre

Writer Lee Hall is a man of many intriguing thoughts, and using Spoonface (his autistic narrator) as a puppet to express these thoughts certainly allows him to 'speak freely'. Jermyn Street Theatre, in association with Citizens Theatre, has produced a sound and thought-provoking production. Is it perhaps a touch too long though?

Wednesday 3rd July 2013 Read more...
Rather uplifting, for a funeral: The Burial at the Albany

The Burial is a play which takes a rather serious and depressing subject matter and finds the comical aspects of its consequences. StoneCrabs Theatre Company's strong cast have the audience laughing out loud, as well as empathising with cultural and social differences. At the Albany, Deptford.

Saturday 4th May 2013 Read more...
Lost in ambiguity: Dissolve at the New Diorama Theatre

Memories make up our entire lives. If we lose our memories, do we lose our life? Do we lose our identity? Is it possible to recreate a life when you have a long term memory of seven seconds? Awkward City's exploration of these themes is extremely intriguing, and appropriately confusing. At the New Diorama Theatre.

Wednesday 13th March 2013 Read more...
Clarity required: Brainville at Night at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

When a neurological disorder stops someone from telling their spouse of thirty years that they love them; when such forms of dementia take over, what happens to the person left behind? With some moments of excellence, but also some (perhaps suitably) foggier and occasionally too laboured ideas, these are the questions that Alexander Moschos's play explores at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre.

Tuesday 19th February 2013 Read more...
Passion and Drive: Four New Theatre Companies to Look Out For

Thinking about starting your own theatre company? You're not alone! But is it definitely the right course of action for you? Are you doing it for the right reasons? And, more importantly, could you survive?!

Saturday 24th November 2012 Read more...
Musical but not: Old Goat Song at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Old Goat Song really has the potential to be quite moving, but, although musicals can often provide a brilliant medium in which to accentuate emotion, in this particular instance, the music seems to stifle the production's sentiment. At the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

Wednesday 24th October 2012 Read more...
If I were a rich man... I'd probably be in another profession

BECTU is fighting to make the advertisement of unpaid work illegal. Wouldn’t you like to support that?

Monday 22nd October 2012 Read more...
A bleak kitchen-sink: Cupcakes and Carousels at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre

"Life's not all cupcakes and carousels," it’s true, but it’s not all doom and gloom either! Kitchen sink theatre is just fine, but there are too many fundamental issues here that stifle its full potential. At the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

Wednesday 10th October 2012 Read more...
Panto for The Panterplexed

Ever wondered about the origins of pantomime, just how long it takes to put one together, or are you just looking for some 2012 Pantomime recommendations? If you have/are, here are the answers.

Monday 8th October 2012 Read more...
15 Years On: The Last Session at Tristan Bates Theatre

The Last Session tells the story of a man, a musician and composer, who has been struggling with AIDS for what he now feels is too long. Some of Steve Schalchin’s songs are beautiful, and The Last Session’s subject matter certainly has an impact on its audience. There are a few snags though. At Tristan Bates Theatre.

Friday 28th September 2012 Read more...
Have We Got a Show For You! Big Hits at Soho Theatre

Are you open-minded? Be honest, because if you’re not then you may not appreciate this hyperbolically bizarre and wildly open show by GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN. I happily confess that I absolutely loved it; I have never laughed so hysterically in a theatre in all my life. At Soho Theatre.

Friday 21st September 2012 Read more...
The 5 Topics that Actors Love to Moan About

Let's be honest, no one is averse to a good old moan every now and then, whether that be about the weather, taxes, the government, or the price of bread (maybe that's just me). Actors, despite their cheery dispositions on stage and screen, are no strangers to complaining either - and David Richards uses the opportunity to unload. Ever had a drink with an actor? Then you'll have heard some of these...

Tuesday 18th September 2012 Read more...
Etudes: Amsterdam

Anyone who is familiar with the work of Philip Glass is unlikely not to notice his unmistakable influence on his protégé John Moran’s production Etudes: Amsterdam. 'Once you start trying to recreate reality, it never ends', says Moran, and the proof of his statement is in this performance.

Monday 3rd September 2012 Read more...
Listen

"Memories are funny things. They're never in order ya know." The order of scenes in this play reflects this direct quote in an, initially, almost confusing manner, but it is clearly intended to do so. This very well put together piece of theatre proves accessible, and really quite moving. At the Camden Fringe.

Sunday 26th August 2012 Read more...
10 Theatres That Go the Extra Mile

Trying to narrow down the vast number of theatres in London to a notable list of ten is a daunting task, but there will always be a few standouts for me. I have not listed them in order of preference or grandeur, but instead attempted to select a diverse collection of venues/spaces that each have winning attributes.

Thursday 23rd August 2012 Read more...
Red Girl

Inspired by the darker side of the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, this quite bizarre piece of theatre doesn't quite seem to reach its full potential, but it is certainly intriguing, and, at times, surprisingly beguiling. At the Camden Fringe.

Sunday 19th August 2012 Read more...
Scenes of a Sensual Nature

The talented Jo Romero and her equally gifted cast give truly excellent performances in this work in progress. Scenes of a Sensual Nature is excellently written, and receives validating audience responses. Rarely, not never, but rarely does it happen that writers and directors who perform in their own work prove successful. On this occasion however, the results are exceptional. At the Camden Fringe.

Sunday 19th August 2012 Read more...
TEF: Has the Olympics Infringed on the Fringe?

I, for one, have relished the London Olympics this year, but I’ve also managed to get to the theatre as frequently as usual. Surely not everyone has followed suit, so I have to wonder, how have (if at all) the Olympics affected fringe theatre this year?

Tuesday 7th August 2012 Read more...
The Coin-Operated Girl

Miranda Kane, also known as Melody, spent seven years as an escort, and is using this piece as a medium to bravely and honestly tell her stories and truths, highlighting several misconceptions about the business. This is not, however, a depressing or harrowing experience. Kane informs and educates us about the industry, focusing on the positive side. At the Camden People's Theatre.

Tuesday 7th August 2012 Read more...
Gallantry

Douglas Moore’s concept is extremely thoughtful and intriguing. The subject matter of this opera certainly makes for quite an eccentric piece of theatre, but it definitely has the capacity to be very amusing. This four strong cast are undoubtedly highly skilled singers, but sadly, there are too many downfalls to this production to suggest that it is a true success. At the Camden Fringe.

Sunday 5th August 2012 Read more...
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