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It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City- song Springsteen / Bowie

“It’s hard to be a saint in the City”, is one of Springsteen’s finest compositions, a narrative and vocal tour de force. Live in Bruce’s hands  it was irresistible with Bittan central to the performance, but the album recording , … Continue reading

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David Bowie

What is the Ziggy Story? Artwork Brian ward There has been an interesting debate recently about “The Rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust” album. Is there a story? If there is what is it? Could it provide the basis for … Continue reading

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We Will Rock You- Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

***** A jukebox musical of Queen hits with a libretto written by comedian Ben Elton. Since it opened at the Dominion theatre in London in 2002 it  has played to over 600,000 people there alone,  and over fifteen million worldwide. … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Derby theatre Playwright Jim Cartwright is one of our most important contemporary English  dramatists. “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice”  is one of his finest achievements. First performed in 1992 on … Continue reading

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Emperor’s New Clothes – Derby Theatre

– The Emperor’s New  Clothes – Derby Theatre This Easter Holiday production continues the tradition of high quality family shows at Derby. With the pantomime season bighted by the impact of covid, it  is an opportunity to draw the whole … Continue reading

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Ode to an Autumn Leaf

It is time to let go I have been clinging on For too long The desperation of hanging on Is released Gone Only gravity controls my destiny And I relax my grip

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Serendipity

I struggle with contemporary war poetry. It either seems like imagined images from a distance, or trite nonsense. Jack Henry, the American Poet, has written the best contemporary war poem I have read for some time: a short Vietnamese lady … Continue reading

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The Last Witch Draft

This is a rough, and not for public consumption The Last Witch Screenplay It was as if the child had been launched by a giant catapult, tumbling slowly mid-air, a blur of flailing arms, legs and clothes. Jaws dropped, hands … Continue reading

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Poems 2021

Upon seeing a matryoshka doll On Arbat Street At the back of the shop It was tight to twist  vaguely fragile Perhaps her name was Svetlana Wearing the dust as an extra layer Each sharp turn revealing a hidden frame. Each cadaver was … Continue reading

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