There’s a whole heap of lovely things about Machynlleth Comedy Festival, and I finally got to experience them first hand this year – silly things like “length of travel” and “having somewhere to sleep” holding me back in the past. It’s a welcoming town set in a stunning landscape, the atmosphere gently buzzes with fun and activity,… Continue reading Machynlleth Comedy Festival – 2017
When my friend Kate and I came out of James Gunn’s first Guardians film we both narrowed our eyes and agreed “hmm… that flattered to deceive a bit, didn’t it?” It looked great, and thanks to Quill’s mixtape sounded even better, but those tunes and the charm of Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel’s Groot did… Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Travesties at the Apollo There are some actors who are just a mark of quality, and Tom Hollander is certainly one of them. I’ll watch anything he’s in, and frankly he needs to lead more shows. He’s one of my absolute faves, so I was delighted to see him in Travesties this week – though… Continue reading Week 12: 19 – 25th Mar. Travesties and Broadchurch.
It feels very Alan Partridge to say that Hamlet is your favourite play (“I’d have to say: The Best of The Beatles”), but until I see something that takes its place… there we are, I’m afraid. I love its moral and psychological complexity – even that which we no doubt impose on it with modern eyes –… Continue reading Hamlet at the Almeida
The Divine Comedy at the Palladium… twice You all know this anyway, but Neil Hannon is just an extraordinary songwriter. First, he absolutely one of the wisest writers – working in any genre or medium – that I know of. Tracks like Songs of Love and Love What You Do aren’t just great songs, they’re songs… Continue reading Week 8: 19th – 25th Feb. Mixed bag edition.
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing loads of wonderful shows at the Fringe over the past 10 (!) years, but some do stick out as being particularly special. Claudia O’Doherty’s Monsters of the Deep springs to mind, as do Pappy’s Last Show Ever, Tony Law’s Maximum Nonsense, John-Luke Roberts’ Stnad-Up… And then there’s Max & Ivan, who seem to produce… Continue reading Max and Ivan’s The Reunion: Comedy Blap
When I first moved to London, I found friends, and a community, at the Invisible Dot’s (RIP) home in Camden Market. Here were comedy-loving folk who, sure, tended towards the hipster, but were never aloof. I saw John-Luke Roberts work out how to distract us from a murder and Simon Amstell try out new shows,… Continue reading Week 4: 22nd – 29th Jan. Freeze! edition.