Isabella has worked in youth arts for over 10 years and specialises in creating and directing children’s theatre. As well as running drama workshops in schools she also performs in touring educational productions. She is currently studying Arts Management at Birkbeck University and writing a Novel aimed at Young Audiences.
Review: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE MUSKETEERS at Battersea Arts Centre, London
By Isabella James Thursday, December 5 2019, 16:05
The Sleeping Trees comedy pantomime is a must-see event every Christmas for me. This year was no exception.
Goldilocks and The Three Musketeers is a brilliant mash-up of children’s stories pulled together with energetic performances, comedy songs and bizarre theatrics.
Second Look: MATILDA at Cambridge Theatre, London
By Isabella James Thursday, September 12 2019, 20:16
Now in its eighth year in London’s West End, Matilda the Musical has brought in some new cast members to tell the story of Roald Dahl’s popular child genius and does so in a rather ingenious way. Adapted for the stage by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics from the Australian comedian Tim Minchin, this musical has been a massive success since it opened at the RSC in 2010.
Review: HORRIBLE HISTORIES - BARMY BRITAIN at The Apollo Theatre, London
By Isabella James Sunday, August 11 2019, 10:26
Barmy Britain is the latest Horrible Histories live show based on the popular children’s books by Terry Deary and the hugely successful BBC TV show.
Review: PETER PAN at Troubadour White City Theatre
By Isabella James Saturday, July 27 2019, 18:15
This co-production from The National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic stays very true to J.M. Barrie’s story of a young boy who refuses to grow-up. An ensemble cast of musicians and dancers thrust Peter Pan and Wendy into a colourful Neverland with a creative design and stunning aesthetic.
Review: FAST LOVE at Theatre 503
By Isabella James Monday, May 27 2019, 12:46
Fast Love follows the life story of Rory from bursting out of the womb to a party-popping fanfare right up until his much less ceremonious quarter century crisis. Rory realises he is gay aged 7 years old when he develops a crush on his bully/best-friend. He speaks candidly to the audience about his first sexual experience with a girl; an awkward seven minutes in ‘heaven’ and then relives a heartbreakingly confusing encounter with an older boy from school in the backseat of his car.
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