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River in the Sky
★★½

Lion and Uncorn Theatre

River in the Sky

River in the Sky

Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Reviewed – 29th May 2019

★★½

 

“The play’s premise is a ripe and interesting one and a promising structure for a fringe piece”

 

Grief, love and storytelling: some of life’s pressure points. Peter Taylor’s play oscillated between all of these, glancing upon moments of sincerity and tenderness. But no one emotion or experience was sustained, leaving me sometimes engaged, but ultimately unresolved.

Lindsey Cross and Howard Horner performed with commitment and passion. Their personal portrayals of parallel experiences of the grief of the loss of a child were heartfelt and genuine. Letting my eyes wander around the Lion and Unicorn’s in-the-round black box, I saw some moved and connected audience members. What the play lacks in clarity and depth, the actors try and make up for with presentness in the space and trust in one another.

The characters’ monologues contain vast emotional journeys and, at points, I found the direction excessive. Having each emotion and thought played by a recreative action was often distracting, especially because the play seemed to be reaching towards both characters achieving a sense of consolidation with their grief. River in the Sky worked well in the round: the privacy of the couple’s situation being viewed from all vantage points, as they struggled to communicate. But their time together in dialogue lacked the physical or emotional knowledge or understanding between two people who are or who have ever been partners, despite the individual actors inhabiting their roles. This was down to a somewhat disparate script; and scenes which built and fell from climax to catharsis rather at random.

The play’s premise is a ripe and interesting one and a promising structure for a fringe piece. The technical elements served the play in its current form and made it cohesive. But each character needed more layers in order for the play to do justice to its vital themes.

 

Reviewed by Eloïse Poulton

 

LION & UNICORN THEATRE

River in the Sky

Lion and Unicorn Theatre until 1st June

 

Last ten shows reviewed at this venue:
Feel/More | ★★★★ | March 2018
The Seagull | ★★½ | June 2018
How to Make me Happy | ★★★★★ | July 2018
Hummingbird | ★★★ | August 2018
In the Wake of | ★★★ | August 2018
The German Girls | ★★★ | August 2018
The Cut | ★★ | November 2018
BackPAGE | ★★½ | February 2019
Like You Hate Me | ★★★ | April 2019
Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow | ★★★★★ | May 2019

 

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Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow
★★★★★

Lion & Unicorn Theatre

Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow

Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow

Lion & Unicorn Theatre

Reviewed – 21st May 2019

★★★★★

 

“Mama G is the perfect host for these charming stories. She is sensationally endearing, sparkly and witty.”

 

As soon as Mama G burst onto the stage to the sound of RuPaul’s “Call me Mother” – or in this case “Call me Mama”, the adult members of the audience were immediately on board with where the evening’s proceedings were likely to be headed.

Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow (ably directed by Amée Smith and produced by Petite Pantos) is what I would imagine Jackanory Live! might be – if Jackanory had ever had a Pantomime Dame telling stories about Bette Midler songs and having a job in a second hand furniture store. There is a comfortable looking chair and a full bookcase, but no time for sitting down during this story time.

Mama G has been telling stories to children and their families since 2018, and now through the Road Show to anybody who would care to listen. The narration is very much a physical performance and the animated delivery makes it all the more captivating. All of the original stories are written by Robert Pearce, who is the Diana Prince to Mama G’s Wonder Woman – you will never see them both in the same room at the same time.

It is not simple to deliver a performance that has the young ones and the adults equally in stitches, as most of the jokes go whooshing overhead, but Mama G manages it impeccably. The show is filled with sparkling stories of love and inclusion about being who you are, loving who you want and learning never to be afraid of that – no matter what others may think. It uses the traditional art of storytelling to introduce children to the world that you want them to grow up in – a world filled with acceptance, empathy – and a bit of twerking.

Mama G is the perfect host for these charming stories. She is sensationally endearing, sparkly and witty. The show is perfectly suited for all audiences and we as a family adored it. Now – Everybody say Love!

 

Reviewed by Emma Gradwell

Photography courtesy Petite Pantos

 

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Mama G’s Story Time Roadshow

Lion & Unicorn Theatre until 26th May

 

Last ten shows reviewed at this venue:
Feel | ★★★★★ | March 2018
Feel/More | ★★★★ | March 2018
The Seagull | ★★½ | June 2018
How to Make me Happy | ★★★★★ | July 2018
Hummingbird | ★★★ | August 2018
In the Wake of | ★★★ | August 2018
The German Girls | ★★★ | August 2018
The Cut | ★★ | November 2018
BackPAGE | ★★½ | February 2019
Like You Hate Me | ★★★ | April 2019

 

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