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Top 6 Musicals I’d Love To See One Day

There are a number of shows where despite knowing a lot about them, I've not yet seen them live. I could tell you all about their production history, or perform some of the numbers in a one woman show - but I couldn't tell you what it feels like to experience it on stage, which … Continue reading

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Top 5 Musicals I Cannot Wait To See In 2019

Some may be worried about 2019, it might be for big reasons such as that the UK is scheduled to leave the EU but hasn't come to an agreement on what a Trade Deal will look like. Or for smaller reasons about whether you'll be able to maintain the list of New Year Resolutions you … Continue reading

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Light’s Up On | My Top 5 Musicals in 2018

When I look back on 2018, it will be my theatre going experiences that I look back on most fondly. I’ve been fortunate enough to see musicals in Stuttgart, on Broadway and in the West End. This lists attempts to rank which shows stood out and connected with me the most when I saw them. … Continue reading

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Review | Bohemian Rhapsody ⋆⋆⋆

It's a shame that this biopic didn't quite reach the heights that I wanted it to, to rightly honour this legendary music group. However it does offer lots of enjoyable musical performances, the standout being the recreation of Queen's 1985 Live Aid performance in the third act. My main hope is that this film introduces … Continue reading

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A Star is Born | My Thoughts

Like many people I loved A Star is Born. Bradley Cooper makes an impressive directorial debut and Lady Gaga delivers a knock-out performance on the Big Screen. They star as our central leads, Jackson Maine and Ally. When we first meet them, Ally (Lady Gaga) is an unknown yet very talented singer/songwriter and Jackson Maine … Continue reading

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Review | The Breadwinner (2017)  ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

In ‘The Breadwinner’, we see Afghanistan during a time of heightened tension and conflict through the eyes of a young child. Although it has a 12A certificate, it deals with multiple difficult themes including violence, oppression, loss and suffering. The film, an international co-production between Canada, Ireland and Luxembourg, has a unique style which packs … Continue reading

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I love musical theatre overtures, I bloody love them. They just make me giddy with joy. But why don’t we have them anymore? It might have something to do with the fact that orchestras aren’t as full as they used to be, so considering they won’t be performed in their full and rich glory no … Continue reading