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Monday, 5 November 2018

Chicago The Musical, Phoenix Theatre: The Verdict


Revivals are equal part safe and risky. Yes, you are guaranteed an audience with an existing connection, but with that connection comes expectations and a scrutinising comparison between the new production and the source material. While a Chicago revival seems like an easy move on paper - the assured level of recognition, interest and ultimately ticket sales - it also exposes the revival to being pitted against every prior production, forces the actors into the shoes of those who tread before them and raises expectations for something bigger, better and bolder than ever before.
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Friday, 28 September 2018

On Morality, Mettle and Magic - #BeMoreMatilda


Over my few (and completely unintentional) months away from the blog, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to make of this space, and the strange online universe that has become of blogging. Though I sat stubbornly within the ‘lifestyle bloggers’ camp in my initial couple of years of blogging, I’ve clearly, and again, unintentionally, drifted comfortably into the (rather expansive) niche of theatre, travel and books. 
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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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