January 23, 2020

The Writers' Block #51: Theme - East of...

Sam appeared. Eyes scrunched tight. She was less dizzy than the jump used to make her. She was standing up, at least. That was certainly an improvement.

She felt a cool breeze on her face, then the tingling of cold raindrops hit...

December 10, 2019

THEATRE REVIEW

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs:

The Magic Cutlass

at the Spiegeltent, Leicester Square Gardens, London

‘the chance to see a walking, talking, singing T-Rex’

Based on the popular books by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto, Les Petits Theatre Company take...

October 17, 2019

The Writers' Block #49: 

Theme - Opening Line is 'I thought you were dead.'

‘I thought you were dead!’ Archie jumped back, appalled and ashamed. But the man’s eyes just stared at him, not accusingly, nor with any apparent comprehension. They were vacant - like his mind w...

October 2, 2019

DANCE REVIEW

Derrière On A G-String

at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London

“Utterly, utterly magnificent.”

The director of this ‘cheeky’ dance/sketch/comedy show is Alfred Taylor-Gaunt. He thinks people have a fixed idea of what dance is and that it can put...

September 28, 2019

THEATRE REVIEW

Murder, Margaret and Me

at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Kent

‘So much theatrical experience they make it look easy.’

A lady sat down next to me and grinned. She was excited, waving her complimentary ticket at me. It transpired that she is a regular visito...

August 22, 2019

THEATRE REVIEW

Macbeth

at Temple Church, London

‘The lighting’s good, isn’t it?’

I couldn’t wait to see this production. Two years ago I sat in the same church and was riveted by the same company’s Richard III. My fault - it could only be a let down in comparison. The same...

July 6, 2019

RECITAL REVIEW

HONJOH Hidejiro

at Wigmore Hall, London

“Evocative, mesmerising and surprisingly emotional”

Wigmore Hall is a glorious oasis within the hustle of central London. Their year-round programme of classical music from all over the world inspires just from reading...

July 3, 2019

THEATRE REVIEW

Dark Sublime

at Trafalgar Studios, London

“It was almost brilliant, almost great fun, almost very touching”

Imagine a classic television programme from the 1970s involving space, heroes, arch-villains and ridiculous quests. Do Doctor Who, Blake’s Seven and T...

July 1, 2019

Nun But The Brave Should Read This!

Nuns have appeared in many films over the years, but perhaps the most bizarre one is about to be shown at The Elgiva this month. Breaking Habits is actually a documentary about a commune of activist nuns running an illegal cannabis fa...

June 17, 2019

BOOK NEWS

Destination HQ Fiction Showcase

At HarperCollins, The News Building, London Bridge

On the glorious 17th Floor - with stunning views of London - we were surrounded by a fantastic range of authors. My previous article about a HarperCollins launch began in a very s...

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