OPERA – Alcina – full stream from Opera North!

And not two nights after we were whisked away to a strange magical island, Opera North shares the whole thing with the world via the web. We live in exciting times! https://www.youtube.com/embed/uljWJyOkR64?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent This is absolutely breathtaking and I think I’m getting much more out of it on a second watch! Told with some of Handel’s … Continue reading OPERA – Alcina – full stream from Opera North!


OPERA – Alcina – My Second Ever Opera

As a sort of non-Valentines date night, we decided last minute to go and see Alcina – my second ever opera – obviously provided by the incomparable Opera North. We arrived at the very last minute and were given the gift of better seats – so you can imagine the glee as we found our … Continue reading OPERA – Alcina – My Second Ever Opera

RECITATION – Do not go gentle

Michael Sheen recites Dylan Thomas’ poem ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ as part of the reopening of the National Theatre. https://youtu.be/w-sM-t1KI_Y #BackOnStage

PLUG – Insane Animals – Cast Recording

In February this year (only 6 months ago but the Before Times seem a long way away now), I travelled down to HOME in Manchester to watch a time travelling genera bending musical/play. Our alien entertainers And what a play it was! (My immediate reactions are HERE) Based on the Epic of Gilgamesh - one … Continue reading PLUG – Insane Animals – Cast Recording

THEATRE – Insane Animals @HOME_mcr

Based on fiction. Inspired by facts. Written in lipstick. Held together by hairspray. Just in from an incredible theatrical spectacular - Insane Animals by Bourgeois and Maurice. This was my first experience of Bourgeois (George Hayworth) and Maurice (Liv Morris) - a sibling set of trendsetting aliens from a planet you won’t have heard of … Continue reading THEATRE – Insane Animals @HOME_mcr

Quick Update on The Kite Runner

Just wanted to let anyone heading down south know that the superb production of The Kite Runner is currently running in the West End! Visit the Wyndham's Theatre website HERE to get all the details on how to catch this very impressive production.  'For you...a thousand times over...' Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local … Continue reading Quick Update on The Kite Runner

No Man’s Land at Sheffield Lyceum

Or ' that time I saw Magneto and Cap't Picard on stage together' No Man's Land blurb Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the UK stage in Sean Mathias’ acclaimed production of No Man’s Land, one of the most brilliantly entertaining plays by Nobel Prize laureateHarold Pinter. One summer’s evening, two ageing … Continue reading No Man’s Land at Sheffield Lyceum

REVIEW – The Night Before Christmas – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Carol doesn’t feel very Christmassy. What’s all the fuss about? Trees, tinsel, baubles, pudding, presents…? What a lot of nonsense. Definitely not for her. That is until the night before Christmas when Elf 30046, all stripey tights and pointy ears, falls down her chimney and they both tumble into a bigger adventure than they could … Continue reading REVIEW – The Night Before Christmas – West Yorkshire Playhouse

MINI-REVIEW – The Winter’s Tale

This will only be the briefest of posts as it's late and a school night. This evening I headed out with two friends I do not see frequently enough to the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, to see The Winter's Tale by Northern Broadsides - three firsts in one evening! Though I rarely spend any time there, … Continue reading MINI-REVIEW – The Winter’s Tale

EVENT – Sense and Sensibility in Leeds

Leeds Arts Centre is an amateur drama group based at the Carriageworks Theatre in Millennium Square in Leeds. Their next production might be of interest to some of the LBC members*!! 23 April 2015 - 25 April 2015 Main Auditorium: 7:15pm ​presented by Leeds Arts Centre By Jane Austen, adapted by Jessica Swale When bereavement … Continue reading EVENT – Sense and Sensibility in Leeds