American Idiot

Green Day’s 2004 release, American Idiot, was a modern punk concept album on the subject of youth disenfranchisement in the post-9/11 world. In the same way that Pete Townshend oversaw the creation of The Who’s rock operas Quadrophenia and Tommy, Billie Joe Armstrong devised American Idiot as a punk opera. At the centre of the […]

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The Buskers Opera

2016 is turning out to be a good year for new writing. The latest in the line of new British musicals is Dougal Irvine’s 21st century successor to The Beggar’s Opera: The Buskers Opera. It tells the hidden story behind the London 2012 Olympics – an event widely lauded & the catalyst of a wave […]

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A night at the opera

Next month, for just over a week, Londoners will have the rare opportunity to see three productions of three versions of the same story, when The Beggar’s Opera, The Threepenny Opera and The Buskers Opera all coincide. Why now? I happened to be pondering this over a pint a few nights ago, and thought it […]

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February recap

I can’t review every single show that I go to, but it’s nice to keep track of the ones that got away from my critical eye! I’ve also managed to tick a few more shows off my ‘to see‘ list this month. Here are a handful of February’s shows that I haven’t posted about… The […]

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Oliviers in Concert

This year the Olivier Awards celebrate their 40th anniversary. They began life as the Society of West End Theatre Awards, changing their name eight years later at Laurence Olivier’s agreement. The awards celebrate the best achievements in the performing arts over the past year (musicals, plays, dance & opera), and the ceremony itself acts as […]

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SeeAbility concert

On Sunday, a group of hugely talented people gathered in Richmond to perform at a concert raising money for a locally based charity, SeeAbility. In particular, they were raising awareness of a campaign called ‘Children in Focus‘. Did you know that a child with a disability is 28 times more likely to have some form […]

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Sunny Advent

In place of an actual advent calendar this year, I decided it would be fun to look through my memories of Sunny Afternoon so far and pick out some highlights to create a virtual advent calendar! Yes, my picture is terrible (I only had Paint to my disposal, OK?) but you get the idea. So […]

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