Soton Spotlight #5 – 20/10/13 to 26/10/13


Some cheaper shows available this week, as well as an absolute steal at The Mayflower for those interested in ballet. Here we go…

The Mayflower
This week’s show at The Mayflower looks very exciting indeed. From October 22nd (Tuesday) to October 26th, the English National Ballet are bringing Le Corsaire to Southampton. Described by them as ‘probably the best ballet you’ve never seen’, the show is reputed to contain some of the most skilled male dancing in the ballet repertoire.

The piece certainly sounds very impressive on the ENB website: ‘a swashbuckling drama of captive maidens, rich sultans, kidnap and rescue, disguise and conspiracy, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breathtaking spectacles in ballet’. It may be of particular interest to all of the PA societies and those interested in dancing, but also seems sure to have a wider, if not universal, appeal.

Student tickets are just £10 on opening night (a potential saving of £35), with students eligible for a £5 discount on other performances. All tickets can be booked online here or in person at The Mayflower box office.

The Nuffield
I could not be any more excited about The Nuffield following their relaunch event which came just after last night’s Spotlight had been turned in. There’s a tangible sense of excitement surrounding the theatre, which seems set to draw attention from all angles next season.

My early tip is to get tickets for Louise Dearman’s It’s Time tour next March. Currently playing the lead role of Elphaba in Wicked (for which she is nominated for best performance in a long-running musical in the 2013 BroadwayWorld UK Awards), Dearman’s voice is one of the most distinctive currently in the West End. Student tickets for this show are currently £14 and if it doesn’t sell out then there must be something very wrong happening in Southampton’s theatre-going community. You can check out our interview with Louise from last year here.

Back to this week, though, and there are two events available for your visual delectation. The first of these, 451 presents Public Address II, brings together a group of five talented British poets, all from different regions, to showcase a range of poetry stretching from hip-hop to politcal. Tickets for Monday night’s show (21st October) are just £5 (but selling fast, book here!) and the evening is well worth a look. It could be of particular interest to English students, writers/journalists and anyone else who gets a kick out of playing with words.

The other event this week is Reel Rock World Tour on Wednesday. The show features an extraordinary new collection of short films which break the boundaries of what is possible in the mountains. The night promises to be inspiring and will feature prize giveaways. Further information is available here.


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