Masters of Choreography: Beats on Pointe – REVIEW

Masters of Choreography: Beats on Pointe 

Peacock Theatre, London

★★★

Masters of Choreography: Beats on Pointe

Peacock Theatre, London

 

Seen on February 20th, 2018

Reviewed by Jade Prince

★★★

I wanted to love this show so much due to its unique collaboration of two drastically different dance styles.

Beats on Pointe is the creation of Masters of Choreography which has been very successful in Australia and now pirouetting its way over to London. This dance show brings street dance and ballet to the same stage to demonstrate how dance styles worlds apart can be brought into the same space.

I was very excited reading about this show and believed that it would have great potential. However these initial thoughts were soon put away once the show had begun.I didn’t hate the show. I thought that the majority of the dancing was beautiful and it was very nice to watch but I did want to see more ballet. I’m a sucker for a bit of ballet! Especially pointe work.

I didn’t like the comedy sketches thrown in between. I appreciate that the dancers need a break in between energetic numbers but there are ways to do it. A bit of well written comedy here and there is greatly welcomed however a lot of this was bordering on the type of material that you would see at a holiday village like Butlins. It was rather cringeworthy.

A lot of stories were presented through different numbers, some less obvious than others with some really in your face. There were a few which felt incredibly cheesy, the old couple, and I personally found that detracted from the enjoyment of the dancing.

The first act didn’t really seem to have a direction. There was no real story moving from dance to dance. Actually, the whole show didn’t really have an overall story. Well, not one that I could see. Act one consisted of a lot of the cheesy audience participation i. e. “How are you doing tonight, London?” and then there was this one section I wish I could have heard more of. The section, which I shall title the “stomp inspired section” was beautiful! I could hear all the beats they were making however I feel amplifying that sound would have really benefited and made it consistent with the rest of the music. Everything else was very loud and then all of the sudden it went very quiet. It would have been great to have those beats ripping through the theatre!

A few of the other elements thrown into act one seemed redundant. I can’t fault the talent from the drummer and singer but it didn’t fit in with the rest of the show. Evidently just a filler.

Something which was bugging me throughout the show was the timings. Timing is key in dance and there were a few of the female dancers who seemed to be a beat behind the others in a lot of the routines. Although in the much faster, street dance sections the timing was there and everything was so incredibly precise!

It was rather nice how they experimented with the use of lights within the costume. This produced a very nice effect on stage.

The second act got a lot better and lost all the unneeded comedy which was nice. My only criticism of the second act (along with the timing which occurred throughout the show) was how rushed it felt. There were no real pauses in between the dances or any scene/sound transitions. As soon as one group finished performing the next ran straight out.

The majority of it was great to watch and of which I really enjoyed. If they removed all the ‘cheese’ I would probably go back to see it. I really appreciate the amount of work those dancers put into that show every single night. Its just a shame that it hasn’t found the way to utilise all of its potential.

Beats on point is running until February 24th at the Peacock theatre.

For more information about the show and for tickets, head to: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2018/masters-of-choreography-beats-on-pointe/

Time to see Glengarry Glen Ross

Time to see Glengarry Glen Ross

We are now approaching the final week of Glengarry Glen Ross showing at the Playhouse Theatre and if you haven’t seen this one, I would highly recommend it.

This isn’t a review of the show as I think that my opinion may be slightly bias with the number of times I have seen it.

For those of you not familiar with the show here is a little bit about it: The real estate industry can be brutal. In a tiny office in Chicago four salesmen are becoming increasingly desperate to secure leads and earn their commission. So desperate in fact they would do anything to make it happen. Everyone has the same goal: close the deal.

This is a fast pace show which takes drastic turns. I love listening to the audience’s reactions.

Considering I watch it practically every night I still laugh at the witty script. It is so quick. If I am completely honest the script won’t be for everyone. There is strong language throughout and some use of the ‘C’ word. This aside the cast are fabulous and keep it fresh and engaging. I absolutely love the chemistry on stage. Especially the way in which Stanley Townsend (Shelly Levene) and Christian Slater (Ricky Roma) bounce off of each other during act 2.

This is definitely one to see before the show closes on February 3rd. Tickets and information about the show can be found here: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/glengarry-glen-ross/playhouse-theatre/#showinfotabs=showtimes

Be sure to grab your tickets fast as this show is selling like hot cakes in it’s final week!

Hamilton next week?!?!

Hamilton next week?!?!

We’re a week away. Repeat. We. Are. A. Week. Away.

I’m beyond excited!!!

Lin is in the country and tech week is in full swing AND full run-throughs are happening!!! The week is almost upon us. I managed to get my hands on a preview ticket back in January and I cried so bad. My poor housemates had to deal with me and honestly thought someone had died when I screamed the house down! I still laugh at Cleve fooling us all with his tweets that day “attempting” to get tickets as they went on sale before the cast was announced. I believed it all too! He’s a good actor.

It’s going to be incredible to see my ITH familia back on stage. It’s been too long. Crissie, Cleve, Alexzandra, Johnny and Courtney-Mae. I visited them far too many times in el barrio during ITH. Kings Cross theatre definitely became my second home during 2016. It may have led me to, unintentionally, follow in Nina’s footsteps and fail my second year at uni…but that’s another story! It was a year of no savings, solo trips to the theatre and drawing teeny tiny headshots of the cast. Ha! I wonder if Lin actually saw that?!

Hamilton next week piece

It’s so exciting to be able to see new faces on stage too! It’ll be really interesting to see what Jamael Westman brings to the role of Alexander Hamilton with him being a newcomer to the industry.

From all the tweets, we are all going to be blown away! No one will be prepared! Next Thursday can’t come sooner! Will I be able to take it all in?…..No. Another trip to the theatre where I’ll be sat on my own crying.

Have you got tickets? And for what date?

*All credits for the featured image goes to Hamilton*