What I’ve Been Reading Lately-January to March 2019

I dropped off with these posts last year while doing them monthly. I wanted to read more in 2019, but instead of trying to read so many books per month, I decided to keep a record of how many I've read quarterly. So far this is working better for me! Liam Bakes by Liam Charles …

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Review: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at the Other Palace, London

I was lucky enough to get to see Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at the Other Palace on 7th March. The premise of the show is that every show is based off of audience suggestions, so no two shows are the same. I was incredibly impressed with the cast. Improv is a difficult skill to master, …

Review: Ghost The Musical at New Theatre, Cardiff

While I was in Cardiff, I decided to see Ghost: The Musical at the New Theatre. I had missed Ghost when it had been at my local theatre due to my being in Portugal, so when I realised it would be playing while I was in Cardiff, it was a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed …

Project Nim and How We Still Need To STAMP It Out

I recently watched Project Nim (James Marsh, 2011), and I was outraged, disgusted and devastated. It was really an experiment that never should have happened. Set up by Dr Herbert Terrace in 1973, Project Nim was a project designed at Columbia University to research animals' abilities to acquire language skills. As outlined in the documentary …

A Neurotic’s Guide to Lisbon

In this Neurotic's Guide to Lisbon, I'm going to answer some of the questions and worries I had about visiting Lisbon before I went. Lisbon is really hilly! I'm worried I'm going to struggle to walk around. To be completely honest with you, I did struggle with the hills. Having had knee problems for a …

Review: Ian At 80 at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London

On 7th March I was lucky enough to go to Sir Ian McKellen's celebratory birthday tour 'Ian at 80' at the Duke of York's Theatre. The show isn't just a show, it's an exploration of Shakespeare, stories from Sir Ian's youth and two hours of fun. The first half is filled with Sir Ian talking …

Review: Rock of Ages at the New Wimbledon Theatre

On Thursday 28th February I found myself at the New Wimbledon Theatre to see Rock of Ages. I booked this quite spontaneously and had no clue what would happen, which I think was a fantastic way to experience the show. The show was not exactly what I expected, more of a Rocky Horror vibe than …

Writing Update #23: Not Much Writing Happening

So...I've hardly written anything since last year. January and February were filled with work and stress and anxiety for me. When I had time off, I was trying to make the most of it, whether that be through travelling or exploring (for example my trip to Lisbon or days in London), or I was trying …