My Weekly Geekery | Episode 4

My Weekly Geekery is a show in which I talk about what has been going on in my geeky world over the past seven days. I hope to have a new episode up every Wednesday.

In this week’s episode I talk about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The Fault in Our Stars, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s Globe’s touring production of Henry VI, and Batman.

My Weekly Geekery | Episode 3

New Weekly Geekery!

My Weekly Geekery is a show in which I talk about what has been going on in my geeky world over the past seven days. I hope to have a new episode up every Wednesday.

In this week’s episode I talk about Summer in the City, the Doctor Who Prom, Lakeland’s Doctor Who range and Shakespeare’s Globe’s production of Henry VI.

Review: Titus Andronicus (RSC)

This weekend I visited Stratford-Upon-Avon for the first time, to see Titus Andronicus at the Swan Theatre. This is an extremely violent play, and the only time I’ve seen it was for Globe to Globe at Shakespeare’s Globe last year, when, although good, it was all style and no gore, so I was excited to see this production, as I’d heard it was, er, more bloody. I wasn’t disappointed.

The production had a real ensemble feel, with everything (cast, music, set, costumes) coming together to build a pretty spectacular atmosphere that I don’t remember ever having in a theatre before. It was tense, and exciting, and dramatic, and I thought it walked the thin line between disgusting and funny exceptionally well throughout.

Stephen Boxer was a believable and understandable Titus, Katy Stephens a sexy and vengeful Tamora. Rose Reynolds was heartbreaking as the abused and mutilated Lavinia, and John Hopkins played quite a comedic Saturninus. Kevin Harvey was superbly villainous as Aaron; with his beautiful voice and amazing hair, he was very striking, and he was totally believable when he said ‘If one good deed in all my life I did, I do repent it from my very soul.’ He was bloody brilliant. Matthew Needham was similarly scene-stealy as Lucius; I didn’t notice him so much in the first half but in the second he really came into his own, especially in the final scenes.

The first onstage death was when Titus killed his son, Mutius, (excellent Harry McEntire), and a better neck-breaking I have never seen. I think that set the tone for the whole production: violent, shocking, disturbing and a little bit gross. I quite often saw audience members flinching and looking away, but also laughing. Because this production was pretty funny. The humour was very black, but it was to be found everywhere.

I loved the device of suspending characters by their ankles from the roof; this was used quite often throughout as a way of disposing of dead bodies, but was also used to great effect in the scene where Titus and Lavinia finally get their revenge on Demetrius and Chiron.

The ‘everyone kills everyone’ scene near the end was perhaps a tad too farcical, and after the events of the previous couple of hours it broke the tension perhaps too early, but it was superbly orchestrated and the attention to detail was outstanding. I especially loved it when Lucius touched the dead Saturninus’ shoulder and he fell off his chair.

In fact the attention to detail throughout this production was outstanding. You could tell that everything had been thought through and analysed, and with a play like this one I think that was crucial. It was a brilliant afternoon, and one I’m not going to forget in a hurry.

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My Weekly Geekery | Episode 2

New episode of My Weekly Geekery, which I have successfully uploaded on a Wednesday.

In this episode I talk about the Doctor Who Experience, Google Maps, LeakyCon London, Summer in the City, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Othello: the Remix, Yonderland, Homeland, and Catching Fire. Given that the video is three minutes, I don’t talk about any of these things for very long.

My Weekly Geekery | Episode 1

I have started a weekly vlog thing in which I talk about what has been going on in my geeky world over the past seven days. I hope to have a new episode up every Wednesday.

In this week’s episode I talk about Doctor Who, the Doctor Who Prom, YouTube Geek Week, VidCon, LeakyCon London, Summer in the City, and Pottermore.

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