On Wednesday, I was very kindly invited to a Blogger’s Night at the Bush Theatre for a performance of Guards at the Taj. Directed by critically acclaimed Jamie Lloyd and written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, the show follows two guards who are keeping watch as the Taj Mahal is built in 1648 India. Before the show, there was a talk by Stewart Pringle. … Continue reading Guards at the Taj @ Bush Theatre
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a play that follows Martha and George over the course of one night. After attending a faculty meeting at the university George works at, they invite a couple who are new in town back to theirs for more alcoholic endeavors. As the night and games unravel, so do the two relationships. Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill lead the 4 … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf @ Harold Pinter Theatre
Title: Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Year Published: 2015
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24926015-simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda
“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Title: Wing Jones
Author: Katherine Webber
Year Published: 2017
Source: own copy
“Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.”
Half A Sixpence has indeed landed in London with a massive flash, bang, wallop. Based on the H.G Wells novel Kipps, the show follows Arthur Kipps who unexpectedly inherits a fortune and is led to London from his home in East Grinstead to become a gentleman. As well as using David Heneker’s music from the 1967 film, this production has added new music from composers … Continue reading Half A Sixpence @ Noel Coward Theatre
Inspired by the book by Walter Trevis, Lazarus is a surrealist, technologically fantastical piece of musical theatre about a man names Thomas Newton who has fallen to earth, he then, meets a girl that only he can see, who is trying to figure out why she’s there to help him. We also follow other people in Thomas’ life including his assistant Elly. The cast is … Continue reading Lazarus @ the King’s Cross Theatre
Title: The Art of Asking
Author: Amanda Palmer
Year Published: 2014
Source: Owned copy!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23511311-the-art-of-asking-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-let-people-hel
“Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring). And when she left her record label to strike out on her own, she asked her fans to support her in making an album, leading to the world’s most successful music Kickstarter.
Even while Amanda is both celebrated and attacked for her fearlessness in asking for help, she finds that there are important things she cannot ask for-as a musician, as a friend, and as a wife. She learns that she isn’t alone in this, that so many people are afraid to ask for help, and it paralyzes their lives and relationships. In this groundbreaking book, she explores these barriers in her own life and in the lives of those around her, and discovers the emotional, philosophical, and practical aspects of THE ART OF ASKING.
Part manifesto, part revelation, this is the story of an artist struggling with the new rules of exchange in the twenty-first century, both on and off the Internet. THE ART OF ASKING will inspire readers to rethink their own ideas about asking, giving, art, and love.”
*Just a heads up – this is a book about sexual assault/rape/rape culture so if you feel you may be triggered then I wouldn’t recommend picking up this book.
Title: No Virgin
Author: Anne Cassidy
Year Published: 2016
Source: Sent from the publisher Hot Key Books to review.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31114950-no-virgin
“From the author of the critically acclaimed, LOOKING FOR JJ, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize in 2004 and the Carnegie Medal in 2005.
My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.
Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.
A tautly told and important book, perfect for readers of Asking for It by Louise O’Neill.”
Last week, my friend Bliss and I took a trip to the National Theatre to see the Bristol Old Vic’s production of Peter Pan! I had read the book by J.M. Barrie earlier this year and was really excited about seeing how it translate onto stage. The National Theatre is fast becoming one of my favourite places. Not only is it incredibly beautiful, there’s so … Continue reading Peter Pan @ The National Theatre
Title: And a Happy New Year….?
Author: Holly Bourne
Year Published: 2016
Source: Own copy!
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30360631-and-a-happy-new-year
“Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a new year party to remember.
For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It’s time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots.
(And not tears or tantrums or terrible secrets)
Because everything’s going great for these girls – Spinster Club for ever! Right?”