Review: The Snow Queen –Northern Stage, Newcastle

First published in The Times, Monday December 16 2019

Three Stars

Stage adaptations of The Snow Queen are a staple of the festive season, but Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of friendship overcoming adversity is almost unrecognisable in Mark Calvert’s production for Northern Stage. Even the title character (played by Elizabeth Carter) is reduced to a cameo appearance.

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Review: Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid – The Hub, Edinburgh

First published in The Times, Wednesday August 9 2017

Three Stars

Meow Meow has long been a favourite among Edinburgh audiences for her appearances in outrageous solo shows such as Feline Intimate, not to mention last year’s triumph as the singing star of Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret. This year, the Australian cabaret diva known for her bendy physique, onstage acrobatics and above-the-stage aerial flights occupies an even loftier perch at the International Festival: the Hub at the top of the Royal Mile, where she has taken up residence for much of August.

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Review: The Snaw Queen – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

First published in The Times, Wednesday December 7 2016

Four Stars

 

Imagine Hans Christian Andersen, John Waters and a young Pedro Almódovar getting together for Christmas and you have some measure of the lurid delights of this year’s Tron panto. The title is, of course, derived from Andersen’s wintry classic, but the mix of bawdy, outrageous fun and good, old-fashioned pantomime tradition, is pure Johnny McKnight.

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Review: The Snow Queen – Gilded Balloon at the National Museum of Scotland

First published in The Times, Tuesday August 23 2016

Four Stars

There aren’t many fringe theatre shows that can truly be said to offer something for all ages, but this dramatisation of Hans Christian Andersen’s wintry fairy tale is that rare thing: a genuine family entertainment. The adaptation represents a promising new string to the bow of Theatre Anon, the Shanghai-based collective, which won recognition for its Edinburgh show Black is the Colour of My Voice, about the singer Nina Simone, in 2014.

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