SparkPlug

“I’ve got two dads.” Playwright, actor and spoken word artist David Judge’s latest play, SparkPlug, is inspired by autobiographical events: his mother is white, his biological father is black, and the father who raised him is white. Out of loyalty to the man who stuck with him through thick and thin, Judge uses this play to tell […]

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good dog

Back in spring 2017, Arinzé Kene’s one-man show good dog made its debut. Inspired by the Tottenham riots back in 2011 (following the police shooting of Mark Duggan), it takes a forensic look at the dynamics of a community, as well as the motivations and dreams of the individuals within it. The play has been brought back […]

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Avenue Q

During my ‘Puppet‘ year in 2017, I was lucky enough to see Avenue Q at the New World Stages in New York and absolutely loved it – so imagine how thrilled I was to learn (almost a year ago) that the show was going to head out on a UK tour once again! The tour […]

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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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ANiMALCOLM: UK tour announced

Following a successful outing at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the musical adaptation of David Baddiel‘s AniMalcolm will be heading out on a UK tour in 2019 – beginning at the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater (Somerset), it will visit 35 venues in total over the course of a couple of months. This production has been […]

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Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Imagine your typical romantic costume drama: gazing into the middle distance, extended pauses in conversation, frequent flashbacks & dream sequences, and forbidden love. Now imagine that Mel Brooks has got his hands on it – the result is Happy Idiot’s Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Written by company co-founder Lawrence Russell, it’s a version of the D.H. […]

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