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.
Mr Swallow: Houdini at Soho Theatre Whether he’s warily trying a banana for the first time, or pointing out just how many gifts are involved in the 12 Days of Christmas (who has space for 22 calling doves, let alone 40 maids a-milking and, presumably, their many cows?) every encounter with Nick Mohammed’s Mr Swallow… Continue reading Week 3: 15th – 21st Jan. Comedy edition.
Taboo: Episodes 1&2 In Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott and Steven Knight Taboo may have some big names behind it, but it’s darker and stranger than we usually see from the Beeb’s mainstream channel, and putting it on a Saturday night surrounded by the glitz of the likes of Let It Shine and ITV’s The Voice is… Continue reading Week 2: 8th – 14th Jan
While everything I’d read and seen about Rogue One made me pretty confident I’d enjoy it, I also suspected that it would feel very separate from the main franchise. In fact, its place in the chronology and putting it at the heart of the battle between the Empire and the rebellion mean that it’s absolutely crammed… Continue reading Rogue One: A Star Wars Story