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Discos for Grown-ups – 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, 31 August 2024

Jul 15 2024
discos for grown ups

Wanna dance, but gotta get back for the babysitter? Discos for Grown-ups is the perfect solution, starting early, ending early, and playing all those hits that rocked you as a teen.

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Theatre review: People Places and Things at the Trafalgar Theatre

May 22 2024
poster People Places and Things at the Trafalgar Theatre

People Places and Things is a hard-hitting exploration of addiction from all viewpoints: the addict, the counsellor and the family. I learnt a lot about addiction in general, how it’s a toxic combo of low self-esteem and self-glorification. I suspect every member of the audience did, since we are all harbouring some kind of compulsive behaviour to make life enjoyable. I’m watching the effects of alcohol abuse in a neighbour’s family, how it ravages their trust with its exasperating helplessness, its manipulative narcissism, its fatuous resolutions. Meanwhile the justification for substance abuse is made in a highly intelligent way.

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The 1885 Singers Mother’s Day Concert

Apr 15 2024
What an unusual combo, a rarely-heard early Mozart piece followed by a more mature Dvorak work, both technically difficult and sung beautifully. I didn’t know either of them, but there’s no question of ‘Will I like the pieces?’ -  the 1885 Singers deliver a delightful evening every time.

The 1885 Singers – Mozart and Dvorak Masses for Mother’s Day. What an unusual combo, a rarely-heard early Mozart piece followed by a more mature Dvorak work, both technically difficult and sung beautifully. I didn’t know either of them, but there’s no question of ‘Will I like the pieces?’ –  the 1885 Singers deliver a delightful evening every time.

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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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