Theatre Review

Theatre Review: Shopping and Fucking @ Lyric Hammersmith

2.5/5 Stars

Mark Ravenhills 1996 dramatic comedy leaps off the stage, engaging you the second you walk into the theatre. With the raised seating in the stalls as well as seating on stage, this revival of Ravenhills first full length play engages the audience immediately.

Before the show even started the actors could be seen onstage chatting with audience members, even attempting to sell 50p badges to a few of us – quite successfully as most of those spoken to pulled out their purses, myself included. This charismatic cast forces the audience to feel entertained from the second they sit down and it’s great. Together they showed us bold, brave and unafraid performances. In a play that is so explicit they were confident and forced us to accept them for their craziness. In a show where emotions have been replaced by transaction, the depth of their characters and the underlying subtlety of feeling in their performances was quite fantastic.



So, I made a blog. As you can see if somehow you managed to stumble onto it and are currently reading this. I’ve never done this before (well, other than the few blogger accounts I had aged 13, but I think we can forget about them) so please bare with me.

The reason I’ve started this is, quite simply, to use it as a form of release. I have always enjoyed writing, ever since I was a little toddler making up stories in the back of the car as mum drove me to school or my grandparents or to visit a friend. And my love for story telling has only ever grown. I think it probably stems from my love for reading – seriously, the amount of books I own is enough to fill a small library. Anyway, this is one of the reasons I decided to start this thing. To release all the stories I have brewing up inside me. And not only that but to share all the thoughts I have on film, theatre, books and entertainment of all kinds. Basically, it’s just so I can comment on life and everything that involves.

I don’t want this post to be too long and to scare you away, as you are probably the first person to have even discovered it, but I want to share a quick little bit about me as I think that’s what your supposed to do on these things, right?

Well, my name is Francesca but everyone calls me either Frankie or Franks; I like both it’s up to you to decide which you prefer. I’m currently completing the last term of a 1 year foundation course at drama school, ALRA to be precise. I moved to London roughly 9 months ago in September 2015 – wow it’s gone fast – and I’m currently living with 3 other drama students: 2 guys, 1 girl. I like acting, reading, film, swimming, dogs, food and alcohol and I can basically listen to any kind of music as long as it isn’t being sung at 2 am by my drunk boy roommates *sigh*.

So, that’s it folks. If you haven’t gathered by now, I want to act. I want to be on stage and in film and one day it is going to happen. This is just the beginning of my adventure and I can’t wait to share it with you, if you’d like to join me onwards and upwards. Bye for now…