Saturday, 5 January 2013

My Favourite Shows Of 2012

With my theatre schedule for 2013 filling up nicely, I wanted to reflect on some of the best theatre shows I have seen lastyear. 2012 was definitely the year for me to broaden my theatre tastes and whilst working with the National Theatre of Scotland I have seen some of the most innovative productions.

Let's start at the very beginning (Sound of Music style)- my first show of 2012 was surprise surprise, 'Wicked'.

 My birthday is in February and for the past few years it's been tradition to take a trip to London to see the musical that started this obsession that is theatre. Wicked is my escape from reality and no matter how many different casts I have seen, that inspiring feeling I get when Defying Gravity is performed remains the same.

On that same London trip I had an evening to fill and decided to dayseat for Legally Blonde - best decision ever!! The ticket cost me £10 and the experience of my first time sitting in the front row was priceless.

In 2012 I saw this show 8 times in total including the tour. It has such a feel good, upbeat score and I always left grinning from ear to ear. 

Next up is one of most through provoking pieces of theatre I think I have ever seen. The National Theatre of Scotland's production of 'Macbeth'. 

I was lucky enough to attend the media call which was such an interesting and brilliant experience. We got to chat to the minds behind the set and the lighting. Interviewing Alan Cumming was a particular highlight. I learned a lot that day.  

Last year was also the year I realised that some of the best talent can be found right on my door step. I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring what my local theatres have had to offer. One show that really sticks in my mind was Insideout Productions show 'Company'. 

The artistic director - Paul Harper-Swan - was kind enough to let me interview the cast, which was a daunting but fun event. The show was first class and deserved the sell out performances it got. 

And last but by no means least, the final production (excluding panto) I saw this year was the phenomenal 'Glasgow Girls'. 

This show embodies everything humanity should be about. Friendship, love and community spirit, whilst creating awareness for the hard hitting, heartbreaking subject of dawn raiding. It's transferring to London next month and is definitely a must see.  

2012 was such a good year for me theatre wise and I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store. 

What were your best shows of 2012?


Roisin Elizabeth Keats said...

I have to say I loved Macbeth - it was just a little different! I think I'm tied between that and Iron for my two favourites plays of 2012 - and my favourite musicals of the year were Wicked & Phantom, which are two of my 'top 3' anyway (the other being Les Mis) so I just couldn't chose between them :L

Sarah said...

My fav show of 2012 was blood brothers for sure!