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Hello and welcome to Mind the Blog.

Here you’ll find reviews and features on theatre, concerts, albums, and anything else that’s even tenuously related. When I first started this blog I had intended on it being somewhere for me to have extended rants on the irritating things people did across London, but once I wrote my first piece (of who knows how many) about Sunny Afternoon it became apparent that there would be many more theatre posts to come…

Each year I keep track of the shows I see, as well as introduce a new page for a particular focus for the year – so far this includes Shakespeare and puppets, and Emma Rice. 2019 is the year of Arthur Miller!

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UK Blog Awards 2019

Mind the Blog was nominated in two categories at the UK Blog Awards 2019: Arts & Culture and Social Influencer! Sadly, on this occasion, we didn’t make it through to the next stage. Thank you to everyone who voted for getting us this far!

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(c) Bill Knight. From left to right_ Matthew Kellett
Photo credit: Bill Knight

The Elixir of Love
When you hear the name Donizetti, you think of Italy. And when you hear of his opera entitled L’Elisir d’Amore, all sorts of romantic notions are conjured up. Barry Island, on the other hand, seems far less glamorous than you’d expect; the home of Stacey Shipman (née West), this Welsh seaside resort is the setting for the King’s Head Theatre and Opera’r Ddraig’s new production of The Elixir of Love. There’s a nice history of the Italian community in Wales in the show programme, which makes the location more of a logical choice than you might originally think – and just think back to Bella’s Café in Fireman SamRead more…