Monthly Archives: April 2016

Flare Path- Derby Theatre

  Anyone watching this play can be forgiven for a sense that it should be being performed in black and white as part of a double bill at the local Odeon cinema, such is the impact that the film version, … Continue reading

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The Cat in the Hat – Lichfield Garrick Theatre

  This poem has had pan- generational appeal since it was written in 1957 by Dr Theodore Seuss. Its combination of rhyme, rhythm, fun and mischief captivating children, and their parents. Adapting the original poem has been a labour of … Continue reading

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Mary Poppins, Hippodrome, Birmingham

  One of my earliest memories of cinema going as a child is a trip to see Mary Poppins. It was a magical story then, and that magic has endured. The stage show is not a transposition of the film … Continue reading

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Rime of the Staffordshire Hoard

A somewhat belated posting of a commission which was performed last year at the New Vic Stoke.   The Rime of the Staffordshire Hoard   He sat quite quiet, in the Boat, Supping his pint of beer, His thread bare … Continue reading

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Poems 2016

Salvation He always made doughnuts Thousands of them Alongside doughnut lassies Sugar, lard, eggs, milk (evaporated) Water flour, baking powder, salt Ground nutmeg Amongst mortars, mines, lead (assorted) Wire, weapons, water and blood Ground spirits For bellies that lay flat … Continue reading

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The Damned United – Derby Theatre

I did not attend this production as a neutral observer. As a teenager I watched Clough manage his great Derby side at the Baseball Ground, then later admired his triumphs with Nottingham Forest, found his television appearances as a pundit … Continue reading

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Annie, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

“Annie” seems to have been around forever, but in fact premiered on Broadway in 1977 making it a more modern musical than most imagine. Based upon the Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics … Continue reading

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