Melissa Poll

Melissa is currently a PhD candidate at Royal Holloway and a recipient of the college's Reid Research Scholarship.  After completing her BFA and MA at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, she began working as a freelance critic and theatre lecturer.  Melissa's reviews of English, French and Quebecois theatre have appeared in The Vancouver Sun and Vancouverplays.com as well as the British Theatre Guide.

Latest reviews

Foreground: Owen (Cian Barry) and Manus (CiarĂ¡n O'Brien); background: Yolland (James Northcote) and Captain Lancey (Paul Cawley), Mark Douet

Translations

Brian Friel (English Touring Theatre, Sheffield Theatre and Rose Productions at Rose Theatre).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Simon Coates (Tate), James Dutton (Taylor), Nicholas Rowe (Buckle), John Hodgkinson (Sainsbury), Jamie Glover (Headingly), Alastair Muir

Donkeys' Years

Michael Frayn (Rose Theatre Kingston).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Daniel Poyser and Jimmy Akingbola, Richard Hubert Smith

The Island

Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona (Young Vic at The Clare at the Young Vic).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Paul Rundell as Bluebeard, Paul Blakemore

Bluebeard

Hattie Naylor (Gallivant at Soho Theatre).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Michael Begley and June Watson, Marc Brenner

Mrs Lowry & Son

Martyn Hesford (Moya Productions Ltd at Trafalgar Studios, Studio 2).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Ian Bailey as Brian,

Heaven in Berlin

Ciaran McConville (Hobo Theatre at Testbed1, Battersea).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Florence Hall, Kelly Hunter, Mark Quartley, Simon Annand

Ghosts

Henrik Ibsen (The Rose Theatre & English Touring Theatre at The Rose Theatre, Kingston).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

Ralf Little (Bri) and Rebecca Johson (Sheila), Simon Annand

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Peter Nichols (Rose Theatre Kingston and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse at Rose Theatre Kingston).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll

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On Approval

Frederick Lonsdale (Jermyn Street Theatre).
Reviewer: Melissa Poll