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LOCKDOWN REVIEWS: Bare E-ssentials

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON THEATRE WEEKLY Short but enthralling, Encompass Productions are back from a two-year hiatus to beam some high-quality, no-budget new writing into our homes. As the UK lockdown lingers on, Encompass productions have come...

Lockdown Reviews: Fringe in Lockdown

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2020 has, understandably, been cancelled so that doorstop drop of the new programme I look forward to every year, will not be taking place. But whilst the future lives of those...

Lockdown Reviews: ‘The Tale of Little Bevan’

Last week I discovered and blogged about the Nick Hern Books playgroup, this week I wanted to shine a little light on the work of Pentabus. They may be just one of the many...

Lockdown Reviews: Nick Hern Books Playgroup ‘Arlington’

The theatres may be closed for now, but the creativity and ingenuity with which performers, producers and playwrights alike are continuing to entertain and delight us has been a lifeline. Getting your theatre fix...

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,...