Day 4: Favourite musicals

No musicals week would be complete without a list, right? So that’s what today is all about – trying to figure out what my favourite musicals are. As I’ve seen hundreds of the things now (and that’s no exaggeration), it’s a slightly more difficult prospect than you might think; there’s an increasing range of genres […]

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Wise Children (2019)

“Welcome to the wrong side of the tracks.” Emma Rice’s Wise Children began their journey back at the Old Vic in October last year, and since then they’ve been touring all across the country – from Bristol & Oxford to Chester & York. Their final week will be spent at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre (one of […]

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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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Mind the Blog ‘on tour’ 2018

I had such a good time travelling around for shows last year that I decided I should keep it up again this year. There may not be any international travel in there, but Mind the Blog has definitely covered a good proportion of Britain at least! With an incredible amount of irritation to be found […]

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Emma Rice 2018: a summary

After previously taking on Shakespeare and puppetry, there could be no other choice this year than the brilliant Emma Rice – with her final winter season at the Globe coming to a close, and Wise Children taking its first steps, it’s been another eventful 12 months for her. There have also been tours of her […]

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Day 2: Most wanted adaptations

I know I make quite a big deal about wanting to see absolutely brand new writing, and have the most exaggerated eye roll ready for the announcement of yet another adaptation of a film into a musical. But as this idea doesn’t seem to be running out of steam just yet, I thought I should […]

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Day 1: Brush up your Shakespeare

If you mention the name William Shakespeare to someone, there’s a good chance the first word that pops into their head will be ‘boring’. (Or ‘who?‘, in the case of a worrying proportion of school children.) This word association likely harks back to school days, being forced into writing essays on one of the Bard’s […]

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Wise Children (2018)

If you’ve read Angela Carter’s final novel,¬†Wise Children, you’ll understand just how gargantuan an undertaking it would be to adapt for the stage – but when the person taking on that challenge is Emma Rice, you can be certain it’s a match made in heaven. Thematically and content-wise it is an ideal piece of work […]

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