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REVIEW: Rudolph – Platform, Easterhouse, Glasgow

Esmerelda is one unhappy chicken, not only does she want to be called Joyce now, she’s also in no mood to provide the much needed eggs for the poor storytellers Christmas dinner – two poor storytellers who have no cards and no presents either. Esmerelda decides that she’ll only lay an egg if the pair re-tell her favourite story, that of Rudolph the famous red-nosed reindeer.

Rudolph (for pre-schoolers) is as far removed from the brash, candy-coloured pantomimes on offer around the city, this is the gentlest of storytelling, played out on a beautiful, naturalistic cottage-yard set, illuminated by the most beautiful lighting effects from Sergey Jakovsky.

While it does tend to stray on the side of the bizarre – there’s a strange ‘birthing’ sequence for Rudolph and Olive (the other reindeer) relishes her torment of poor Rudolph at reindeer school, it’s a gentle introduction into modern theatre for the tiniest of audience members.

The highlight of the night is when the only song of the evening plays from the radio Edwin Starr’s HAPPY Radio and the tiny dancers in the auditorium burst into life. The creators would do well to take note of the effect of music on young children – it speaks to their very soul. At only 45 minutes long it should fly by but it lacks the necessary life it takes to make it a real hit with its target audience, there’s a lot of restlessness around. A work of quality but not without its faults.

Runs until 17 December at various times

Tickets from £4.50 (local links) /£5/ £8.50

https://platform-online.ticketsolve.com/shows/873580110/events/128296769?_ga=2.1147190.662329583.1512841957-1557944836.1492164954

Sun 10 Dec
2:00pm—3:00pm
Tues 12 Dec
10:00am—11:00am
Tues 12 Dec
1:15pm—2:15pm
Weds 13 Dec
10:00am—11:00am
Weds 13 Dec
7:00pm—8:00pm
Thurs 14 Dec
10:00am—11:00am
Fri 15 Dec
10:00am—11:00am
Sat 16 Dec
10:30am—11:30am
Sat 16 Dec
2:00pm—3:00pm
Sun 17 Dec
2:00pm—3:00pm

REVIEW: Do You Nomi? – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

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Originally written for and published by The Public Reviews

Writers: Grant Smeaton and Alan Greig

Director: Grant Smeaton

Choreographer: Alan Greig

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys

The Public Reviews Rating: ★★★★☆

The creative team of Alan Greig and Grant Smeaton have devised, in their own words, “a dance theatre homage” in their show Do You Nomi? This warp-speed trip through the life and times of Nomi is done with genuine affection and appropriate regard for its subject and the innovative form of narrative, fusing the disciplines of avant-garde dance with drama, pays the right amount of respect to Nomi, but has its tongue placed firmly in it’s cheek when recreating the absurdity and insanity of the early 80′s New York, New Wave scene. On one hand it’s a brave writer who decides to tell someone’s life story through modern dance but on the other, entirely fitting for a life like Nomi’s.

The piece is performed essentially by two dancers who also act and two actors who also dance and it’s the two actors, Drew Taylor (Nomi) and Laurie Brown (acting as narrator, flitting between East Village cabaret MC, TV show host and David Bowie in the blink of an eye) who are the most successful. Taylor perfectly encapsulates the gentle, ethereal, almost alien-like presence of Nomi in a perfectly pitched and sensitively portrayed performance. Indeed when we see Nomi alone, isolated and suffering from AIDS, telephoning a friend from his hospital bed, the acting is so well judged that it’s hard to suppress the tears. Brown, with his sonorous voice is a revelation in his multiple roles, utterly compelling whichever character he is inhabiting. The dancers, Jack Webb and Darren Anderson are undoubtedly talented but the dance element of the show is often just distraction, never truly driving the narrative. Indeed the piece could have wider appeal if this was pure drama. Nomi’s intriguing life story has enough substance to make this possible. Worth it to see the sublime Taylor and Brown alone.

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