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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Nightfall - Bridge Theatre

Now onto its third production, Bridge Theatre has already established itself as a key player in London’s theatre scene. For Laurie Sansom’s production of Barney Norris’s play Nightfall, the versatile space takes on another set-up, this time electing a thrust stage, forcing the family dynamic out into the audience.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Gravity Well - Book Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Gravity Well by Melanie Joosten, I'm joining the blog tour with a giveaway, giving you the chance to win one of two copies of the book. Head over to my Twitter to enter!


Saturday, 28 April 2018

Tale of a Tooth - Allie Rogers

Some of my favourite books of all time are written from a child’s perspective, both adult and children’s fiction. But it’s still not all that commonplace to find an adult read narrated by a child, especially not a book about domestic abuse through the eyes of a four-year-old. What sets Tale of a Tooth even further apart, is that it’s not just a close third-person narrative, giving insight into Danny’s thoughts, but an explicitly first-person account.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Teddy - The Vaults

After visiting the venue for the first time last year to see Hair, I jump at the chance to see anything at The Vaults. As with Hair, for Teddy the space is completely transformed, plunging you into the atmosphere of 1950s Teddy Boy subculture from the moment you enter the bar area. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Young Frankenstein - Garrick Theatre

Not being familiar with the 1974 film of the same name or even Mel Brooks’ award-winning musical The Producers (the latter of which I need to change, I know), Young Frankenstein wasn’t a show I rushed to see when it arrived in the West End last year, however it’s been lurking on my list for a while. 

Based on Mel Brooks’ comedy horror, Young Frankenstein follows the story of the infamous Frankenstein’s grandson, Frederick, the Dean of Anatomy at a school of medicine in America. As Frederick learns of his grandfather’s death, he journeys to Transylvania to deal with the castle that has been left to him, spoofing various classic horror films and traits along the way. 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Cathy - Soho Theatre

To mark the 50th anniversary of Ken Loach and Jeremy Sandford’s film, Cathy Come Home, Cardboard Citizens’ Cathy was commissioned in 2016. Two years, 8,400 viewers and a performance at the House of Lords later, this powerful piece on homelessness and the housing crisis is embarking on a revival tour, including a three-week run at Soho Theatre.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Ruthless! The Musical - Arts Theatre

Following an acclaimed Off-Broadway production, 1992 show Ruthless! The Musical is playing at the Arts Theatre until 23rd June. The musical presents a suburban American family: a housewife who is permitted no identity beyond this role and her 8-year-old daughter, Tina, who wants nothing more than to be a star. Under the guidance of her talent agent, Tina murders her classmate in order to gain the lead role in the school musical. What follows is a series of ridiculous twists and turns, culminating in a frenzy of hysteria.
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