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Bohemian Rhapsody

This post has been rather a long time coming… Many of you reading this will know me either for my usually quite forthright opinions about theatre, or my dedication (let’s say) to the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon. What you’ll be less aware of is that my first love was Queen. It goes back so far […]

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Anomaly

It’s getting on for a year and a half since a wave of sexual abuse allegations were first made against American film producer Harvey Weinstein, which led to his disgrace and arrest – he is due to go on trial this spring. Following on from these allegations, the #MeToo hashtag reappeared and the Time’s Up […]

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In Conversation With Graham Norton

Guest reviewer: Ellen Casey In Conversation With Graham Norton explains itself fairly succinctly in its title – Mark desperately needs someone to talk to and the only person he can find happens to be a framed photo of Graham Norton, balanced on a radio. Through the 55-minute runtime we hear Mark’s inner monologue as he ranges […]

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An Enemy of the People

Opening up Phil Willmott’s ‘Enemies of the People’ Essential Classics season for 2019 is a new production of Arthur Miller’s An Enemy of the People, which is itself adapted from a play of the same name by Henrik Ibsen. The play has a limited run at the Union Theatre, prior to Offenbach’s Can-Can! and Shakespeare’s Othello, […]

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Coming up in 2019…

Once again I start off with the intention of looking after myself more – it worked for a short while in 2018, but I very quickly slipped back into old habits… I have at least blocked out regular nights off for half of the year already, so fingers crossed I can stick to that. This […]

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Most popular posts of 2018

I’m always fascinated by the stats page here – in particular, which of my posts end up attracting the most hits! It definitely can take you by surprise at times. So, here are the top 15 most viewed posts from 2018… 15. Section 2 Teamed with No One Is Coming To Save You is Paper […]

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End of 2018 report

Gone are the days of one show or one venue to rule them all! Obviously I will still happily make repeat visits to shows – or follow them around on tour – if I really enjoy them, but variety has very much been the spice of life in 2018. That covers venue as much as […]

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Favourite shows of 2018

As I ended up seeing more different shows than last year (and almost as many in total, thanks to some repeat visits), I decided enough was enough – it’s finally time to branch out from the weird top 12 idea. Beginning with a short list of around 40 (admittedly this doesn’t sound very short), I […]

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Worst shows of 2018

As we live in a world where people appear to be increasingly defensive, and criticism (however constructive) is simply batted away, I feel I absolutely need to stress from the outset that this is just my opinion. I would write ‘Least favourite shows of 2018’ as the title, but that doesn’t really roll off the tongue […]

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