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Theatre review: The House with Chicken Legs

Dec 18 2023
The House with Chicken Legs poster

The House with Chicken Legs, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, till 30 December.  9+. By Les Enfants Terribles.

This is an original combo of: Panto meets Russia meets Grief. Does it work, though?

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Theatre review: Cinderella at the Lyric Hammersmith

Nov 29 2023

Cinderella at the Lyric Hammersmith, 18 November 2023 – 6 January 2024. Our 16 year old and her 2 guests, 16 and 5, all loved it: 4/5 stars. The Lyric always does a great panto, so just book every year, it’s bound to be a hit with the kids AND keep the adults amused.

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Bell-ringing comes to Holy Trinity, Roehampton

Nov 29 2023
bell ringing

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November! So goes the saying, and it certainly will be remembered in the Annals of the Parish of Roehampton, as the church welcomed a large gathering – 82 signed the visitors’ book – to celebrate the launch of the newly hung set of 8 bells. Much has been written about this epic journey in Ringing World (RW 23.06.23) and the Surrey Association Newsletter (SA Issue 35, Summer 2023) by Joint Project Manager, Michael Uphill. Here we celebrate the culmination of everyone’s hard work with choice anecdotes, commemorative photos and (hopefully) exhaustive lists of supporters and contributors.

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Soprano star Aivale Cole relaunches her opera career

Nov 10 2023
Photo caption Soprano Aivale Cole and Madeleine Neave at The Antique Breadboard Museum

If you want to be a part of lyric soprano Aivale Cole ‘s way back to stardom, her next performance is a Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Church, Putney, on 16 December 2023; look out for tickets on We Got Tickets (GAFA Pacific Christmas).  I say be a part of, because she welcomes every member of the audience with a warm smile, and wraps you up in her life through fluffy back stories between pieces. What a total privilege to hear Habanera from Carmen, one of my most favourite arias, sung to me live, dripping with mischief, bravura and foreboding.

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Music Review: Taylor Swift Eras Tour

Oct 13 2023
Taylor Swift Eras Tour

Taylor Swift Eras Tour, a marathon concert which is an autobiography in time, space and sound. Taylor Swift has cherry-picked songs from each era of her life which correspond to each album. And she’s globe-trotting. 5/5 stars and I’m not a Swifty: for her sheer good-nature, her voice, her lyrics, her costumes, and her sets.

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