Anne-Marie Piazza

Trained at The Bristol Old Theatre School


Leave a comment

Macbeth Review

As Amy Draper’s “Macbeth” for the Southwark Playhouse was aimed at and nearly had predominately as its audience, school children, there were very few reviews. In fact only the one from Flossie Waite for Children’s Reviews.

“At first, it’s intimate enough to feel like a living room, telling this story of kings from within the castle walls. But the room seems to change shape – whispering voices echo from its corners, bulbs pulse, and the supernatural takes over, casting the feel of a séance. Eventually, it becomes the claustrophobic confines of a tortured mind as the Macbeths gradually unravel: we can see the whites of Lady Macbeth’s wild eyes.

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 19.40.54

The three performers – Anne-Marie Piazza, Martin Donaghy and Stanton Plummer-Cambridge – flit between characters, and you need a good grip of the story to keep up the pace (if you’re studying it, this is probably easy: the lad next to me was thrilled to recite the lines along with the performers). Piazza is standout as Lady Macbeth, disintegrating before us in the sleepwalking scene.

Though this whistle-stop tour takes in the gruesome highlights, we never see any blood – this is primarily a psychological thriller. Still, it feels violent – death is represented with white feathers, and the final battle between Macbeth and Macduff is a thrilling, charged flurry of plumes.

Follow Children’s Theatre Reviews @ctheatrereviews 

Advertisements


Leave a comment

Pinocchio reivews

Christmas 2016 was spent with the lovely theatrical family that is the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Here are some of the reviews for our fantastic 4 actor-muso Pinocchio written by Nick Lane, Music by Simon Slater, Chorography by Erin Carter and, the all important director was Paul Robinson.

“A show that’s bright, lively, inventive, surprising and above all jolly good fun for children and adults alike…To say that the cast of four – well done Joseph Hardy, Elliott Rennie, Perola Congo and Anne-Marie Piazza – are hard-working is an understatement as they swap stories and characters with hardly a pause for breath.” (The Northern Echo)

“The show is musical, colourful, witty and fun – with a touch of darkness (the characters do get eaten by a monster fish). The four actors play all the characters – ranging from a pirate-like showman to weasels in Christmas jumpers. They also play musical instruments – guitars, cello, trumpet and accordians. The cast are all multi-talented and likeable. Joseph Hardy plays Pinocchio as a spoiled brat and highlights are Anne-Marie Piazza’s farmer and pirate, Elliott Rennie’s Yorkshire fairy and his and Perola Congo’s Elvis-like weasels.” (Scarborough News)

“No word of a lie, Pinocchio will be the best choice of children’s theatre you could make this Christmas….The actor-musicians play 30 characters between them, as well as displaying adroit puppetry skills. Fantastically multi-talented, and funny too, what discoveries they are for the SJT audience to enjoy.” (York Press)

And I wouldn’t normally include a whole paragraph but this was such a lovely write up I had to include it:

“They could not have been a better choice of cast then Perola Congo, Joseph Hardy, Anne Marie Piazza, and Elliott Rennie.  Since they’re arrival in Scarborough, this gorgeous Quartet have become involved in the town’s life, Singing in the Brunswick and supporting events, building up an easy rapport with the locals, and hi-fiving the youngsters. The obvious gelling between them is reflected in the magnificent performances that have of echoes of Commedia dell’arte, touring circuses of yesteryear and strolling storytelling bands.  They are all accomplished musicians and dancers as well as actors, flowing between over 30 different characters with an ease and fluidity that is beautiful to watch.  Anne-Marie has an incredible far-reaching tessitura and Perola is bewitching as she switches through her roles. Elliott’s blue fairy, Jane,t is big beguiling and his Elvis weasel is not going to be easily forgotten. Joseph and Pinocchio has just the right out of mischief, vulnerability and lovable rogue to win over his audience. They are all stars in the very truest sense down to earth but shining sparkly and ever lovely.” (AClockInAThunderstorm)

 


Leave a comment

Treasure Island Reviews

★★★★ “Stealing the show, however, is Anne-Marie Piazza as Isabella Hands. Her fiery Spanish savvy makes her an incredibly engrossing character to watch, but at the same time also on alert to the fact that she is a deadly as she is swaggering. Piazza really puts a sharp and lethal castanet snap of villainy into Isabella, turning this femme fatale into a lavish and unforgettable adversary.” (Grumpy Gay Critic)

“The hot-headed Isabella Hands was a great character and was performed with tremendous energy and passion… No review of an Iris piece would be complete without praising Candida Caldicot’s beautiful musical compositions, performed onstage by the cast, my personal favourite being an extended shanty sung during the voyage by the wonderfully charismatic Anne-Marie Piazza. (Theatre Bubble)

★★★ “The cast is full of solid performances….Anne-Marie Piazza is ferocious as Isabella Hands… It’s a charming production with dark turns that keeps everyone enthralled – perfect for a summer holiday jaunt.”(WhatsOnStage.com)

★★★★”That’s when the adventure really starts, with a sea voyage full of extremely realistic wind and rain (all hail the British Summer), raucous Spanish sea shanties sung by Isabella Hands (Anne-Marie Piazza)…the real gem is the production and its cast….Regular Iris actors Anne-Marie and Nick never fail to amuse and delight with their buoyant charm and easy humour, plus their ability to play multiple characters with such contrasting characteristics.” (WestEndWilma)

★★★★★ “The performances by all cast members are energetic and engaging. Most of the audience were captivated throughout, and I was often unable to take my eyes off the performers and the action in front of me as well. The characters are brilliant, each with their own individual flair, which is so enjoyable. The performers worked meticulously to get all ages involved, and that definitely didn’t go unnoticed. Everyone was very willing to participate, which made for a very special experience.” (Everything Theatre)

★★★ Rebecca Todd and Anne-Marie Piazza respectively grab the swashbuckling opportunities with gusto….The entire cast plays with piratical flare doubling roles. (The Stage)

★★★”As you would expect from as experienced a company as Iris Theatre, they use the space with great skill, keeping the promenade going as we move with the actors.” (Broadway World)

“The production is wonderfully imaginative in terms of the staging that audiences young and old genuinely feel as though they are swept away to exotic lands…the cast themselves have plenty of energy and really get themselves involved in the variety of roles….Anne-Marie Piazza is wonderfully feisty as the fearsome Isabella Hands.” (Love London)

“Anne-Marie Piazza wows for a second time this season as the indestructible Isabella Hands, an updated nod to the tradition of female pirates.” (Once A Week Theatre)

“The evening’s performances only build on the infrastructures created around them; Anne-Marie Piazza‘s Mrs Hawkins has the audience chuckling from the get go with her nuances, and her turn as the fiery Mexican pirate Isabelle Hands provides the evening’s much needed villainy.” (FullStopTheatre)

★★★ 1/2 “This high-energy adventure tale takes place in the picturesque grounds of The Actors’ Church in Covent Garden. With sea shanties, swigs of rum aplenty andeven a full-sized pirate ship, Treasure Island is a swashbuckling adventure that will ignite your inner buccaneer.” (the Reviews Hub)

★★★★ “Without going into too much detail – even if you know the story, there are surprises aplenty in this version – Iris Theatre have put together a really splendid production of one of the classics of children’s literature.” (LondonTheatre1)

★★★ “It’s fun though. Silly and summery, aimed at kids with a piratic streak in them, and it’s found a great location in St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden.” (Time Out)

“Pirate Israel Hands is now sweet singing Isabella who plays the mandolin Anne-Marie Piazza’s Mexican Isabella is more ruthless…this Treasure Island gave pleasure in plenty.” (British Theatre Guide)

“The older adventurers will love throwing themselves into this cleverly constructed piece of theatre. So dress up in your best pirate gear, get those sea-legs moving and remember to keep your eyes peeled for that buried treasure…” (Curious Mum)


Leave a comment

Much Ado About Nothing – Iris Theatre

The reviews are in and it seems we have a hit on our hands with FOUR Offie Nominations: Best Director for Amy Draper, Best Set Design for Amber Scarlett, Best Lighting Design for Benjamin Polyar and, I’m rather stunned to say, Best Female for myself.

13528953_1239819156037233_4845439192556542252_n

★★★★”This must be the first time that an actor has doubled successfully as Beatrice and Verges. Anne-Marie Piazza is a spirited, passionate, cycling (the setting is 19th-century) Beatrice, and a comically eager-to-please Verges. She also has a soaring soprano voice that echoes around the church when, for the final scene of reconciliation, the action moves indoors.” (The Stage)

“Anne-Marie Piazza is a brilliant police officer alongside McDonald, climbing lampposts and stealing snacks from the crowd. Yet this isn’t her main achievement – her Beatrice is top notch. Funny, bike riding, accordion playing… is there nothing the woman cannot do?” (Once A Week Theatre)

★★★★★ “The cast was energetic, talented and hugely likeable, with outstanding on-stage chemistry that rendered it even greater than the sum of its (very formidable) parts. The individual performances were all very much to be commended, but it was the rapport between the players that really shone through Much Ado’s many double acts. Emma McDonald and Anne-Marie Piazza, who also ably played the romantic leads of the play, delighted the audience with partially-improvised buffoonery as officious bobbies Dogberry and Verges” (Theatre Bubble)

★★★★”It was a refreshing change to have close proximity with the cast, who were more than happy to chat with audience members during the performance… There was a tremendous atmosphere as the garden floodlights came on to lighten the gloom, and an eerie mist descended… Emma McDonald as Hero and Anne-Marie Piazza as Beatrice proved to be a really great combination, particularly when they doubled up as Constables Dogberry and Verges. (Everything Theatre)

“From the moment that Anne-Marie Piazza rides her bike through the audience as Beatrice dressed in bright red and yellow, decorated with bobbles, you know you are in for some fun…Amy Draper’s production is fast-paced without directorial gimmicks. It soon re-establishes audience contact after the brief hiatus each time it moves to a new location…Draper’s version is nicely streamlined and sticks to the most loved moments. Much Ado always was about fun and Draper ensures we get much of that. (What’s On Stage)

“An enchanting evening. With the chandelier in the trees and the party in the park, it truly feels magical, even with the raindrops…There are no small roles, only small actors. This is especially true because actors with leading roles take on smaller ones in this production. Anne-Marie Piazza goes from giving a fabulous portrayal of Beatrice to making everyone laugh as Verges, the silly and somewhat stupid policeman…Benedick and Beatrice’s chemistry, going from hatred to infatuation, steals the show.” (My Entertainment World)

“From the moment that Anne-Marie Piazza rides her bike through the audience as Beatrice dressed in bright red and yellow, decorated with bobbles, you know you are in for some fun….Emma McDonald, charming as Hero, makes a great hit as comic copper Dogberry and she becomes a double act with Anne-Marie Piazza’s Verges, the dullard opposite of her sharp-witted Beatrice.” (British Theatre Guide)

★★★★”Emma McDonald and Anne-Marie Piazza also played two delightful duos. In their smaller roles they reacted to anything that was thrown at them as “asses” Dogberry and Verges, playfully making their way through the audience. They then completely transformed to play their larger roles of Hero and Beatrice, and you could see the friendship and loyalty between the two ladies…Piazza is an absolute delight as Beatrice, opting to play her with energy and charm rather than sarcastic and straight-faced. Her wit is infectious, and she is a wonder to watch sparring with Benedick” (Cub Magazine)

★★★★ “A battle between equals and Anne-Maria Piazza as Beatrice and Nick Howard-Brown as Benedick do full justice to the protagonists in this …very well performed, version..terrific witty war of words between Piazza and Howard-Brown. (Reviews Gate)

“Nick-Howard-Brown and Anne-Marie Piazza as the battling comedic powerhouse of the play, Benedick and Beatrice. Lunging into the dialogue, these two twirl around each other making lightness shine through some otherwise reasonably sombre moments” (Bargain Theatre)

★★★★”The main comedy in this piece comes from Iris regulars Anne-Marie Piazza and Nick Howard-Brown as Beatrice and Benedick…these scenes are hilarious and both actors entertain with ease.  Piazza enjoys another comedy character as Verges alongside Emma McDonald as Dogberry. Playing up to the foolish, yet funny policeman double act, there are whistles blown, failed counting and some fantastic expressions. (West End Wilma)

 

 

 

 

 


Leave a comment

Reviews for Twelfth Night

★★★★ A beautiful garden and a Shakespeare comedy may be a well-rehearsed kind of alchemy, but with a talented company and the weather behind it, it is as potent a mixture as ever. (The Stage)

★★★★ Anne-Marie Piazza shows her versatility in yet another role, looking every inch the sly, conniving wench!…And what a cast it is, with strong acting and cheeky humour from most of them as they interact discreetly with the audience, facially and verbally, adding to the comedy of the play. Nothing !!fazes them and they take everything in their stride. (West End Wilma)

★★★★ In the hands of director Vik Sivalingham and his team, it dials up the fun but doesn’t let us away without learning anything… it’s the music, the casting and the performances here that make it….Nick Howard-Brown and Anne-Marie Piazza as the fool Feste and the maid Maria busily flit throughout the show with songs and pranking, generally being catalysts for everything else. (The Public Reviews)

★★★★ Watching Shakespeare performed outside can be a magical experience and Twelfth Night delivers..Anne-Marie Piazza is a devilishly naughty Maria (The Gizzle Review)

★★★★  I must at this stage congratulate the cast for their clarity of performance…These were complemented by the echoing and haunting sounds of Anne-Marie Piazza’s Maria/Priest as she sang to the enthralled gathering. (UK Theatre Network)

★★★★ Set in the beautiful grounds of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, this promenade production of Twelfth Night by Iris Theatre is pure joy…The setting of the production is what makes this production unique and special. (LondonTheatre1)

★★★★ The audience is sucked into the action from the offset..It’s a great night out for all the family and highly recommended; the cast are excellent, the venue is beautiful and you couldn’t ask for better weather (Everything Theatre)

Anne-Marie Piazza’s delicious Maria, is the best I’ve seen performed….A wonderful sense of intimacy is created in the flower-filled gardens. Entreated to follow the actors to different scenes becomes a playful treat. (Once a Week Theatre)

★★★★ Whilst the ragtag trio just pip the rest to the post, Director Vik Sivalingam’s casting is sublime, with all the cast feeling right at home in their characters – leaving us to get stuck into the intricacies of Shakepeare’s mischievous comedy. (Broadway Baby)

★★★ It’s the scenes between the terrible drunkards – a roaring Robert Maskell as Sir Toby Belch and Henry Wyrley-Birch as a spineless Aguecheek – that are the most fun. Here they wander through the audience as they hatch plans and giggle. (Time Out)

The big laughs are garnered by the three plotters. With some style, Robert Maskell, Henry Wyrley-Birch and Anne-Marie Piazza resurrect the spirit of the Carry-Ons – think Sid James, Charlie Hawtrey and Barbara Windsor – as Sir Toby, Aguecheek and Maria. Broad laughs are their reward – and why not? (Broadway World)

This is one Shakespeare production I can wholeheartedly get behind. It offers an engaging and inclusive take on a traditional comedy and allows both seasoned Shakespearean veterans and complete newcomers to enjoy the show in equal measure. (A Younger Theatre)

★★★★ One of the enormous assets these Iris productions have – apart from the high quality of the performances – is that they take place in one of the most attractive settings in The West end…It is a joyous night out. (Remote Goat)

A beautiful evening made this doubly enjoyable….it is a production that is full of high spirits to cheer up even a dull day and the golden glow of lighting designer Benjamin Polya’s sunset through mist would make you believe in summer even in the depths of winter. (British Theatre Guide)

 


Leave a comment

Last of the These Trees Reviews

★★★★★The superb effort of the cast in telling such a harrowing story was rewarded, on the night of our visit, by a standing ovation and quite a few damp eyes. Theatre doesn’t get much more immersive than that. (Londonist) 

At its best theatre has the potential to excite, shock, educate and provoke. “These trees are made of blood” does this in abundance. (UKTheatre.net)

Four multi-instrumental actor-musicians play wonderfully throughout, sometimes becoming characters in the story – Rachel Dawson, Eilon Morris, Anne-Marie Piazza and Josh Sneesby sing with real heart and soul, balancing inhuman cruelty with humanity and compassion. (London Theatre1)

The brashness and charm offensive of the cabaret glitz, set against devastating scenes of corruption, violence and irredeemable loss touched a nerve…The hope and love shown by Ana and Gloria provided a more human narrative, cutting through the cabaret with more traditional-scripted scenes, which made for an unnerving, yet absolutely captivating portrait of the atrocities committed in Argentina. (Sounds and Colours)

★★★ Raw, intensely felt vocals from Josh Sneesby, Rachel Dawson, Eilon Morris and Anne-Marie Piazza provide a lush and sometimes painfully haunting backdrop to proceedings. (British Theatre)

★★★ The audience enjoyed an electrifying atmosphere created by superb storytellers Elion Morris, Rachel Dawson, Josh Sneeby and Anne-Marie Piazza as the exquisite band/ensemble who supported the action throughout the evening. (West End Frame)

★★★ Darren Clark’s compositions are boisterous and the band plays brilliantly, (Time Out) 

And a link to the interview our director Amy Draper did for Latin America Bureau


Leave a comment

Reviews for These Trees Are Made of Blood

★★★★★ “highly innovative piece of theatre..executed masterfully…this exceptional political satire will be difficult to forget. (The Upcoming)

★★★★ “a daring, innovative production…An outstanding people play exploring the human condition” (Everything Theatre)

★★★★ “it sets a new and impressive standard for the way political story-telling and theatre can be combined…The entire cast and musicians work really well as an ensemble”  (The Public Review)

★★★★1/2 “Do watch this brilliant and innovative piece of theatre – you will not regret it.. Piazza’s voice, allied with her ability to emote and to be in the present moment, brings tears to my eyes.” (Theatre Full Stop)

★★★ “The original music by Darren Clark, is appropriate and evocative…There is a feeling of excited anticipation as everyone waits to see the show.” (Remote Goat)

I have never before seen such a powerful piece of Political Theatre…I was completely mesmerized by Anne Marie Piazza‘s voice and musical capabilities. I finally understood the term “a voice like melting honey”. (Whazzup London)

“Darren Clark’s musical arrangement is outstanding throughout” (A Younger Theatre)