Sunday 24th September

Advertise | Login  RSS  |  Twitter  |  Facebook

Dickens Abridged
The cast of Dickens Abridged. Photo by Hydar Dewachi.

Dickens Abridged at the Arts Theatre

If you have never left a theatre with an aching jaw and tender palms from laughing so hard and clapping so frequently, then you are certainly in for a treat. That is the exact state in which I left the Arts Theatre at the end of Dickens Abridged, a fast-paced comedy showcasing the works of Charles Dickens in only ninety minutes.

Dickens Abridged, a musical comedy, is written and directed by Adam Long, the co-founder of The Reduced Shakespeare Company. Seeing the name Adam Long connected to another production, about Dickens no less, is probably enough to excite any lover of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged). It is also likely to be enough to set those expectations pretty high (it was for me, at least), but it is fair to say that those expectations were matched, if not exceeded.

Continue reading »

Category: Comedy
Amy Neilson Smith
Amy Neilson Smith

Poetry Café: Playerist Comedy Night – Review

Rating:

I was thrilled to present the Comedy Night for Playerist Literary Magazine at the Poetry Society in Covent Garden. Needing to ensure spot-on timing felt a little like operating a conveyor-belt. But what a conveyor-belt. It’s rare to be privy to such a collection of talent, and so pleasing to see a full-house at this venerated venue. The Poetry Café is smartly situated, central but hidden, in the heart of the city. This year saw Jillian Miller come aboard as the magazine’s patron, and she kicked-off proceedings with much appreciated verse by John Cooper Clarke. Drawing on two decades of public speaking, as CEO of an international charity, Jillian sparkled and lit the touchpaper. Next up was Brighton poetess (self-termed) Amy Neilson Smith who recited her naughty-but-nice rhymes. This girl has gumption and little wonder she’s in such demand, as fellow of the iPoets collective that last summer performed at the Royal Festival Hall.

Continue reading »

Category: Comedy