Home » Author Archives: Elke Wiebalck

Author Archives: Elke Wiebalck

Sounds and Sorcery, The Vaults – Review

The-Sorcerer’s-Apprentice-featuring-the-Sorcerer-and-Brooms-in-The-Vaults-presents-Sounds-and-Sorcery-celebrating-Disney-Fantasia.-Credit-Hanson-Leatherby

Pros: A total treat for eyes and ears. Cons: Given the show’s steep price tag and focus on the music of Fantasia, I wish the sound had worked better. Those of us who grew up with a VHS tape of Disney’s Fantasia in the family film collection are likely to have vague memories of psychedelic colours, fairies dancing to swirling music and the harrowing tale of the sorcerer’s apprentice, which tells the sorry story of young Mickey Mouse daring to ...

Read More »

Doctor Faustus, Arcola Theatre – Review

Credit: Tangle Theatre Website

Pros: Outstanding performances alongside a hauntingly beautiful choral composition. Cons: I wish I could have seen the actors’ faces better – more light next time please! If you had unlimited magical powers, how would you use them? Would you save the world and everyone in it, and then rest your laureled head on a white sandy beach? Forget it. The myth of Doctor Faustus is a reminder that our wish list is likely to be far more mundane, for example, ...

Read More »

Becoming Mohammed, Pleasance Theatre – Review

Credit: London Theatre 1

Pros: Good intentions, and some strong performances. Cons: Misses its opportunity to harness an interesting subject. The courage of And Many Others’ Becoming Mohammed at the Pleasance Theatre is apparent from its title. Discussion of integration among Muslim communities, the place of Islam in the West and the experiences of Muslims today, is at once omnipresent and absent – a subject frequently mentioned, but seldom brought to life on stage. Becoming Mohammed not only takes an unblinking look at these complexities, but also does ...

Read More »

Scenes from the End, Tristan Bates Theatre – Review

Scenes from the End - Review - Tristan Bates Theatre

Pros: Héloïse Werner’s hauntingly beautiful, intense and masterful performance. Cons: The abstract nature of the piece means that it is sometimes hard to empathise with the characters and to feel a connection with the emotions portrayed. Grief is a personal experience that we all grapple with in our own way. The loss of a loved one is hard to stomach and often hard to talk about. One feels isolated, empty and confused. In this abstract, almost excruciatingly intimate, one-woman opera at ...

Read More »