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Friday, 22 June 2018

It’s Only Life - Union Theatre


Formed of songs by John Bucchino, It’s Only Life is a musical revue, positioned as enveloping themes such as longing, loss and triumph. Tucked underneath a railway arch in Southwark, Union Theatre’s fringe space provides an intimate setting for Bucchino’s narrative-led cycle of songs. The five performers are unamplified and accompanied by only a piano, allowing intricate lyrics and storytelling to garner focus.

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Strictly Ballroom the Musical - Piccadilly Theatre


Though it’s been at Piccadilly Theatre for two months now, Strictly Ballroom the Musical is a show I knew very little about. Besides being aware that Will Young had taken up a lead role, I hadn’t indulged at all in researching the show and unusually and unintentionally had read very few reviews. While I welcome the ‘going in blind’ approach, in this case not being prepared for the hyperbolic style and farcical humour presented an initial barrier. 
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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.
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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!


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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.
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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. 
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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. 
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