Adam & Eve… And Steve: A gay, hilarious musical comedy

If you think you know the story of Adam and Eve think again.

Director: Francesca Goodridge

Writer: Chandler Warren

Cast: Joseph Robinson, Hayley Hampson, Dale Adams, Michael Christopher, Stephen McGlynn

Running time: 75 minutes

Theatre: Kings Head Theatre, Islington

Adam & Eve… And Steve will have you howling with laughter throughout the entire play whether it is the musical numbers or simply the gestures of the characters.

Set in a time when God had just created the Garden of Eden and has made the first man Adam. However, Beelzebub interferes and God creates Steve instead of Eve.

Adam is delighted with Steve and the two of them live harmoniously until the two BFFs are confronted by Eve herself.

Fights ensue and arguments erupt as both Steve and Eve fight for the attention and love of Adam.

With a simple set design of just a tree and a few dangling apples, the play manages to hold the audience’s attention – but that could be because of the costumes, or lack of costumes, the three humans wear.

Adam, played by Joseph Robinson, portrayed the naive and confused man who was simply searching for someone so he would not be alone.

Giving him a Welsh accent was a brilliant addition after all everyone loves a Welsh accent.

Robinson, who had already played Adam in a previous production, confidently came onto the stage in nothing but a leaf-made loin cloth.

Dale Adams was cast in the role of overly camp and twink-styled Steve. Adams, who originated this role in the UK production, was hilarious to watch.

Introducing himself as ‘Saint Eve’ as ‘St’ is short for Saint was very clever and his character has many one-liners that add to his character.

Using all the stereotype-jargon and gestures, Adams was perfectly cast as Steve and at one point had the audience in tears of laughter.

Hayley Hampson was Eve and both her and Adams brought to life their respective characters and they managed to portray their characters in a sort of teenage-like manner.

With many references to the gay culture including Grindr and other such ‘dating’ apps plus other contemporary references including Trump and Nicole Sturgeon the Chandler Warren, who wrote the book and lyrics, clearly knew what they were doing.

Winner of Best New Musical at the Hollywood Fringe 2015, the play then performed a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 and it is no surprise it was a hit.

Although the play does not run on for very long there are some parts where it is simply filler including a dance routine between Beelzebub (Stephen McGlynn) and God (Michael Christopher).

Whether or not this was actually needed is debatable as it was not like the rest of the cast needed a costume change.

The theatre itself was an off-West End show in the heart of Angel and it could not have been a better venue. The small theatre in its own way added to the show.

Although a bit of air condition would not have been criticised.

Nevertheless, the play was brilliant and left me with a sort of sense of joy after.

I would happily see the show again although to see it the first time does not ruin the jokes and hilarious parts that had me wiping away tears of laughter.

A brilliant production!

 

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Gods of Egypt: A CGI mess, awful one liners but something to watch

Gods of Egypt is an unusual film with terrible one liners and a bundle of CGI but nonetheless it is a good film to watch on a rainy day.

Director: Alex Proyas

Writers: Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless

Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites

Released: 2016

Running time: 2 hours 7 minutes

Being impartial to a good film about Egypt I found myself choosing to spend two hours of my life watching Gods of Egypt.

Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.

Although the narrative and plot does entice you to want to watch, especially if you have a strong love for Egypt which I do, the film is not the best.

Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, from Game of Thrones fame, as Horus and Gerard Butler as Set you would think the film would be hard not to enjoy.

But it simply is not the case. The writers seem to have gone down a more comedic route focusing of awful one liners that would only make your dad enjoy.

The film also has far too much CGI for someone to enjoy. If I wanted to watch a cartoon I would have chosen to watch one. The Prince of Egypt is better quality.

It seems the film is trying to be similar to the popular 300 or Immortals but it just fails on all accounts.

The fight sequences are good I give it that but the storyline is predictable and the narrative jumps ahead in time and leaves you asking where certain characters are gone.

A story about ancient Egyptian Gods has yet to be until this film came along and it did not give it any justice.

I would rather have seen a film just about the Gods rather than the annoying and bluntly useless character that is the mortal Bek (Brenton Thwaites).

His purpose in the film is not entirely needed although some would argue it is because of him the narrative moves along.

The introduction of mortals fighting alongside Gods is something that does not work for me.

The movie takes on a certain ‘buddy film’ as the two journey across Egypt in an attempt to stop Set. This is all well and good but it just did not fit right with me.

Overall the film is not as bad as this review may sound and it is an easy watch and something to put on in the background when doing other things.

I am hoping for the day when the Egyptian Gods will be blasted onto the big screen and given as much glory as they deserve.

Egypt as a location setting for modern films has not really been a successful one. Take for instance the Brendon Fraser’s The Mummy franchise (although I thoroughly love these) and Exodus: Gods and Kings.

They just do not seem to work but it is high time someone gave ancient Egypt the limelight. The Romans and Vikings have been done but we cannot neglect the culture that invented paper.

American cult thriller available for UK audiences on Amazon

An American cult thriller has become available for UK audiences on Amazon Prime.

Written, produced and directed by Jack Thomas Smith, Disorder opened in cinemas back in 2006 and was later released on DVD.

Disorder stars Darren Kendrick (Thor, Criminal Minds) as David Randall, a paranoid schizophrenic, who was sent away for a brutal double murder with his claims of innocence and description of a masked killer completely ignored.

As David comes home, the deadly masked figure from his past returns.

Does the killer really exist, and is David being set up once again? Or has David stopped taking his medication and is now in a dangerous delusional state?

Jack said: “Disorder is a psychological thriller told from the perspective of the main character, who is a paranoid schizophrenic.

“You are not sure what is real and what is not. And right when you think you have it figured out, there is a twist ending.”

Disorder is available now in the UK on Amazon Prime.

In 2007, Disorder screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival in London.

Curb Entertainment represented Disorder for international theatrical and DVD sales and secured distribution deals around the world.

The filmmaker’s controversial new film Infliction is available now on DVD, VOD, and Digital HD in the US and Canada through Virgil Films & Entertainment.

READ MORE: Q&A with director, writer and producer Jack Thomas Smith

Infliction is a dark and disturbing assembled footage film that documents two brothers’ 2011 murder spree in North Carolina and the horrific truth behind their actions.

Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf – a triumph for Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill

If you think you have a turbulent relationship you have not seen anything like Martha and George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Director: James MacDonald

Starring: Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots

Running time: 3 hours and 10 minutes

Theatre: Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Dates: May 27 last performance

The production, a 1962 play by Edward Albee, examines the breakdown of the marriage of the middle-aged couple Martha and George.

One evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple Nick and Honey as guests and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship.

At the start of the play we are introduced to Martha (Imelda Staunton) and George (Conleth Hill) who stumble into their home after a night of drinking.

Immediately you gain a sense of their relationship through their dialogue and you cannot help but laugh especially at the reoccurring statement that George is six years younger than Martha.

With the production in three parts, it does seem to drag on but with the cast you are kept hooked and engaged throughout the whole play.

Staunton proves just how much of a star she is during this production. Her ability to portray the fragile mind set of Martha as well as keeping the audience entertained throughout.

It is no surprise Staunton was incredible as Martha but Hill’s performance of George was just as enjoyable to watch.

Known for his portrayal as Varys in Game of Thrones, Hill was perfect at bringing to life George and their turbulent relationship together.

Nick (Luke Treadaway) and Honey (Imogen Poots) also make the production worthwhile to see. It seems all the characters have their issues and problems and it is as the play goes on more and more of these come to the forefront.

Despite already seeing the 1966 film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton I already knew the story and twists.

But seeing it on stage was a completely different experience. The brilliant writing by Albee does help with the production but the delivering of the script by Hill and Staunton added that little extra.

With a running time of more than three hours the atmosphere of the play starts in a comedic way but the end of the production will leave you feeling sorry for Martha and George.

Her last words ‘I am George’ will haunt you as you leave the theatre.

The production is definitely a must see for everyone. Staunton, Hill, Poots and Treadaway are truly amazing portraying their respective characters.

Performed at the Harold Pinter Theatre, in London, the show will run until May 27.

Image by John Persson