Meet Our Reviewers
It’s hard to believe that thespyinthestalls.com has now been around for three years. Starting off single-handedly reviewing a couple of shows, we’re now covering fifty plus performances a month. This growth couldn’t have been achieved without our wonderful team of volunteer reviewers. They come from all walks of life with many different backgrounds – united by their love of theatre. Usually you only get to see a name credit at the end of their reviews, but here we now get to meet a couple of the team.
I’ve been reviewing for thespyinthestalls.com for just under a year and my only regret is not starting sooner! Two of my main passions are theatre and writing, so it made sense to combine the two and find a site to start writing for.
I like the fact that reviewing has allowed me to visit a variety of different theatres and see shows I wouldn’t have necessarily known about otherwise. When I’m not working as a charity fundraiser or writing for thespyinthestalls.com, I enjoy performing with a North London based musical theatre company and singing and playing guitar.
Here’s just a few of the shows Emily has reviewed this year
Eugenius! |★★★★ | The Other Palace
Cyril’s Success | ★★★ | Finborough Theatre
Baby Box | ★★★★ | King’s Head Theatre
Finishing the Picture | ★★★★ | Finborough Theatre
Mr Stink | ★★★★★ | Chickenshed Theatre
When I retired from working three years ago I looked at what I wanted to focus my time on and attending more theatre shows was on my list. In my first year I saw around a hundred shows in the West End and London Fringe as well as in my local Cambridge area.
To keep abreast of activity in the theatre world I followed several accounts on Twitter including thespyinthestalls.com. It was by following this account I became a reviewer; how it happened was I won a competition to see Adam & Eve and Steve. The show was terrific and I messaged to thank the site for the tickets. In their reply they asked if I knew of anyone who would be interested in reviewing. I thought – well I see a couple of shows a week, I believe I know the difference between good and not so good, so why not have a go?
Following the usual trial I had my first show to review – The Cardinal at the Southwark Playhouse. I thoroughly enjoyed the show but rather than coming away with my wife having a general ‘what did you think about that?’ chat, I was on my own with a pressing review to write. I must confess that I found it really difficult at first and spent many hours trying to get my thoughts onto the computer screen. But I did it, pressed send and after a few tweaks from the team my first review was available to the world. It was an exciting moment for me.
Since then I have seen the website grow and have completed almost thirty reviews seeing some quite amazing productions … along with only a couple that didn’t quite hit the spot. Whilst I’m a couple of hours away from most London venues I try my best to fit in as many as my rather full diary allows. I am also pleased to have introduced a regional reviewer to the site.
I don’t usually hang around for photos or autographs after shows, but got this snap of me and the very talented Lucy Penrose who was starring in Judy! at the Arts Theatre. In conclusion it is great fun being a reviewer for thespyinthestalls.com.
Here’s just a few of the shows Steve has reviewed this year
Bananaman |★★★ | Southwark Playhouse
Heretic Voices | ★★★★ | Arcola Theatre
Songs for Nobodies | ★★★★ | Wilton’s Music Hall
Moonfleece | ★★★ | Pleasance Theatre
Pressure | ★★★★ | Park Theatre
We turn down more shows than we actually get to review, this is because we just don’t have enough reviewers to cover everything we’d like to. We’re always looking for reliable people who would be interested in joining our team.