QUANTUM BATTLESTAR DEEP-SPACE VOYAGER TARDIS WARS: THE MILLION DOLLAR SPACE EPIC.

Posted 14th May 2016.

By Two Shades of Blue.

Performed 21st to 27th August 2012

at Venue Number 152. Paradise in Augustine’s,

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh.

And

10th August 2013

at the Nine Worlds Comic-Con, London.

A Two Shades of Blue production.

Join the crew of the Starship Nebula for a light-speed adventure beyond the final frontiers of scientific integrity, plot plausibility and character continuity!  Yep, we’re firing up the awesomeness drive and calibrating the absurdity compensators to whisk you away on an exhilarating trip through some of science fiction’s silliest bits. With more time paradoxes, alien encounters and plot holes than the latest JJ Abrams blockbuster, this is the biggest reboot since Windows 95.

Oh, and geeks get priority seating. Of course.


Broadway Baby review by James Beagon

Set Phasers to Stupid.

If the title has somehow not given it away already, a warning should be given to the unenlightened. Read the title and see how many shows you recognise in it, then consider how well you know them, as your enjoyment of this show will be directly proportional to your own personal level of geekiness. For the record, I enjoyed it quite a lot, but certain companions of mine wrote themselves out at about the halfway mark.

QBDSVTW: TMDSE (the title is never being mentioned again) follows the journeys of the Starship Nebula and its crew as they endeavour to the defeat the latest threat to the galaxy: Wibbles. As you may have guessed, the plot is not particularly complex; rather the ensuing hour is a menagerie of puns and references tailored for a very specific audience. Star Trek and Doctor Who crop up the most, though there are a fair few more subtle references within that you may well giggle at and then feel ashamed at yourself for knowing.

Although this show may not be great theatre, it is a hilariously silly hour of farce.  It is incredibly self-referential, almost to the point of irritation, and it occasionally feels as if the audience might be more appreciative if the fourth wall was not constantly bludgeoned. Moreover, a seemingly genuine piece of audience participation is ruined at the end when we discover that the ‘audience member’ was a plant; ignorance was far more entertaining.

Yet despite this and its incredibly selective target audience, this show is a fantastic way to start a night for the right people of a nerdish persuasion. I personally laughed so hard at points that my tin-foil hat (included in the ticket price) fell off multiple times. Comedy Russians, giant space boobs from the planet Venus, and more sci-fi references than you can shake a Wookie at it, this show is an entertaining distraction, but the uninitiated should stay well clear of the starboard bow.

A DOG'S LIFE

Posted 13th May 2016.

Written by Pam Valentine.

Directed by Christine Marchand.

Performed 25th May 2012

at the Arensburg Schouwberg, Antwerp.

An English Comedy Club production for FEATS.

FEATS Stage management winner: the Marcel Huhn/Bruno Boeye Memorial Award - Stage Manager, Sue Bottrell

All pet owners have a natural tendency to attribute human thoughts and emotions to their four-legged companions. When I hear my dog sigh, I believe he feels he is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. When he understands he is about to be brought to the park his joy is so vivid nothing else seems to count. And yet who knows what they would want to say to us if they could speak? In this lovely short piece, set in an animal shelter, Pam Valentine tries her hand at giving dogs a voice and the result is both hilariously funny and extremely moving.  

Even though I’ve done this one before, in 2003, there were still a few surprises.

In this lovely short piece, set in an animal shelter, Pam Valentine tries her hand at giving dogs a voice and the result is both hilariously funny and extremely moving.


Review by Annie Daws

We meet and get to know four abandoned dogs who live in an animal shelter, awaiting re-housing. Their breeds and characters are immediately recognisable, thanks to faithful portrayals from the cast, playing on all- fours. We are introduced to a dear old mongrel (Ben) previously owned by a tramp, an ex-military German shepherd (Fritz), an overweight French poodle (Fifi) who was the spoiled pet of an old lady, and a lucky puppy (Ginger) who had escaped drowning.

The conversations between the dogs are very revealing and cover a myriad of topics from human babies to germ warfare! We also learn their stories and feel for them in their desperation to be re- homed and, through them, we start to understand something of a dog’s relationship with man. Although totally dependent upon their human masters, the dogs resent that fact and find it hard to accept humans’ treatment of them.

The only ‘humans’ in the cast are the kindly but overworked Warden – although he has the time to teach the dogs tricks, much to their disdain – and a woman visitor who, although we learn she is looking for a dog to adopt, we find out that she is not committed enough to take on the needs of a puppy or to walk a dog sufficiently. She almost decides upon the old mongrel but, in a moment of hurt loyalty to his old owner, the dog bites the woman’s hand and puts paid to that possibility.

The yappy, excitable puppy delighted us with his enthusiastic antics, and the gruff and belligerent German shepherd sparred constantly with the eager-to-please coquettish French poodle, but it was the old mongrel with his baleful dark eyes, who broke our hearts with his recounting of his wonderful life with his old master, a tramp.

The design for this play gave only a suggestion of cage bars in between each dog, but that was enough to conjure up the sparse comfort and close quarters of a charity-run dogs’ home.

For Ben it’s too late, but let’s hope that all the Gingers, Fritzes and Fifis of this world find the homes they so crave and deserve.

DICK WHITTINGTON

Posted 14th May 2016.

By Robert Spolander.

Performed 19th to 22nd January 2012

at Claremont High School, Kenton (UK).

A Chameleons production.

Much like our brave hero, Dick Whittington, The Chameleons are leaving home and heading to London to seek their fortune. Ok, so in our case it’s just a six minute car journey to Kenton but that doesn’t make it any less of an exciting adventure and one we hope you’ll join us for. Yes, that’s right, The Chameleons, with over 45 years pantomime experience are leaving Brent Town Hall after 30 years. We’ve grabbed a knapsack and some peanut butter sandwiches and we’re heading off to Claremont High School for more traditional family entertainment in pantoland! Claremont High School, a Performing Arts specialist school, boasts a full lighting and sound rig, raised and flat seating and now………A Chameleons pantomime!

We are delighted to introduce a fresh and vibrant re-telling of the classic story of Dick Whittington with more than a hint of 2012 – Olympic year! In house writers, Radnor Everett and Robert Spolander, combine the magic of this story of a boy who would be Lord Mayor, with a host of new characters in a tale that will have you laughing, cheering and singing along from start to finish. When Dick decides to seek his fortune in London as runner in the Olympics he soon finds himself caught up in the evil King Rat’s plan to steal the Olympic Torch and ruin everyone’s fun. Will Dick save the day? Will he win the heart of Alice Fitzwarren and will Tom the talking Cat fight off the evil, yet slightly silly Pug and Beagle the dogs? Well why don’t you all come along and see for yourself in an evening (afternoon) of fun for all the family!

If you’ve seen our spectacular pantomimes before then Dick Whittington certainly won’t disappoint you. Watch out for magic, music and so much more! The production team is in place and already hard at work. It’s all set to be a colourful production filled with wonderful characters, song and dance, and of course…bags of energy! The Chameleons Pantomime is now a firm favourite with the local community priding itself on the perfect blend of traditional family entertainment, high energy and of course value for money! We would be delighted if you could join The Chameleons, Tom, Dick but not Harry on this great new adventure.