In the Summer of 2016 I was extremely proud to have been part of the Herd of Sheffield Elephant Trail. The trail saw 58 unique painted elephants scattered around the city making a trail for people to follow. What made this project so brilliant was that it not only got people visiting and discovering all […]
My rankings of theatre performances
2016 top 3 theatre performances:
In 3rd place: Relatively Speaking: hilarious!
In 2nd place: The Nap: Easily capturing the atmosphere of Sheffield theatre as performed at the Crucible.
In 1st place: Great Gatesby. Meaning the deli theatre moves up from honourable mention last year!
Top 3 theatrical performance of 2015 (in no particular order): Blasted (Sarah Kane), Curious Incident of Dog in nighttime and The Effect. Honourable mention to Woolworth’s pick of mix …spending evening in old Sheffield Woolworth’s reminiscing about all Woolworth’s of my youth, winning pass the parcel and reading an e-mail to the rest of the audience and going home with pick and mix 🙂
Born and bred steel city lad, Pete McKee is considered somewhat royalty of the Sheffield art scene. His vibrant portrayal of the gritty reality of life in Sheffield is easily recognisable and features characters that are a direct representation of the working-class area he grew up in. Pete’s gallery, a Month of Sundays on Sharrow Vale Road […]
Review of the Great Gatsby
21.12.16 Moor Deli Theatre
Go once, go twice, go three times; each time you can be assured of a fabulous unique experience. Or go with friends and do not worry about getting split up following different cast members; just join back up later to discuss different experiences. From walking in and ordering a cocktail , it is easy to get into the party atmosphere. Despite entering through a previously unnoticed door next to Superdrug and ascended up to a room within ex Woolworths with peeling paint. Whether alone or in a group the actors, play a host role mingling with the audience. A typical interaction could start with ‘Fabulous dress, did you buy it in Paris?’ (which is also good for the audience ego after taking the time to dress in 1920s style). The audience are naturally directed, into various rooms with prompts such as ‘Let’s go and dance though here’. Or when Daisy needs to change; ‘Come with me to help me decide what to wear’. Despite the volume of onlookers in the intimate setting of the dressing room, complete with dressing table and a selection of 1920S dresses, the convincing performance of Daisy ensured the intimate atmosphere was not lost.
All the cast despite having to maintain their characters for over 2 hours coped admirably in their roles. Including dealing with audience members, who inspired by the acting decided to build their characters or throw in lines to build their own sub plot; when there was enough action within the actual performance or dancing to do or; without need for more drama. The cast also coped with the anarchistic use of phones to capture the costumes of the cast and other members of the audience which provided scope for the typical party conversations; look at her dress etc..
For an amazing 1920S party, fabulous cast and thoroughly enjoyable evening a well-deserved 5 stars.