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TOUR AOTEAROA DIARY: PART 1

TOUR AOTEAROA DIARY: PART 1 - THE CRUCIAL GEAR TEST (DAY -3) For those of you who don't know, I flew my mountain bike out here for a reason. The plan - and it is...

“Nothing short of showstopping” – Jane McDonald Live – New Wimbledon Theatre

In turbulent political times and worries about climate change we need escapism and that’s what true theatre achieves. Jane McDonald and her vibrant band certainly achieved that last night in New Wimbledon Theatre as...

“Sharp tongued” – Fleabag – Wyndham’s Theatre

Being at 'Fleabag' in the West End I am undoubtedly lucky, the demand for tickets makes this a hotly anticipated cultural event, at a premium price. The mood in the room is sizzling anticipation,...

“Pull your tits up”, as Mother Pelican would say” – Last of the Pelican...

Families are never simple, but in the four-daughtered Pelican family, summoned to divide up their late mother’s will, there’s more than most round the table, on the table and swept under it. When everyone...

“Anything but bleak” – All of Me – Summerhall – EdFringe

I am not sure precisely when shows about mental health issues become more common-place in performance, but there has definitely been a surge in recent years. Whilst I am in essence in support of...

“Myth and Magic… Breathtaking” – Islander – Summerhall – EdFringe

“There is a whale...”   When Eilidh finds a beached whale whilst roaming the shoreline of her home in the remote Scottish Isles, she hears it sing and her life is forever changed. Then, stranger still,...

“Post-apocalyptic… but no crashes or bangs” – Landscape (1989) – Zoo – EdFringe

In discussing a play about endings, it feels important I start at the beginning. A brazen blast of the Oregon state song, sung softly at first with increasing fervour. But the pomp and ceremony...

“Arresting and mesmeric” – Metamorphosis – Sweet – EdFringe

Even if you have never read Kafka’s best known literary work, Metamorphosis, the basic premise of man turns into insect is easy enough to understand, if not to fully comprehend. But what of those...

“A pumped-up and energetic ride” – Bi-Cycle – Underbelly – Edfringe

“I’d never been with a maaa… a guuu… an animated Disney Prince before… I had only found love with a Disney Princess!”   Have you ever felt like you’re just living the life you’ve been told...

“A homage to carving your own trail” – My Mum’s a Twat – Summerhall...

“My Mum wasn’t always a twat but some time after my tenth birthday everything changed” Did Anoushka turn into an un-parentable teenage brat? Well, that might be the expected natural order of things but...