Category Archives: Journalism

First Date, Crazy Coqs Online

With live, in-person dating now on the critical list in our tiered land, the very premise of this American musical comedy seems transgressive. Mind, we might feel better about our solo Netflix viewing, given how woefully the titular rendezvous begins. Read my full The … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing: From a firecracker samba to a belly-dancing Santa

Just like last year, Strictly Come Dancing began with a firecracker of a samba. In 2019, super sub Kelvin Fletcher got viewers hot and bothered; last night, Maisie Smith proved she’s no slouch in the shimmy department. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Strictly Speaking: The Launch Show

I must begin on an earnest note: what a minor miracle it is to have this sliver of sequinned normality back on our screens. Thank you, thank you to everyone on Team Strictly whose tireless work allowed us to forget … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: launch show – who impressed on the dance floor? Who was ‘horribly wooden’?

We got our first chance to assess the Series 18 celebrity hopefuls in the launch show’s group dance – and it’s great news. Not only is it a treat to have Strictly back, but this year’s cast is seriously promising. Read my full … Continue reading

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Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon, Original Theatre Online

It’s 50 years since the near-fatal Apollo 13 mission, and 25 years since the Tom Hanks-led movie of “Houston, we have a problem” fame. Now, the Original Theatre Company brings us Torben Betts’s new one-hour online play, pegged to our “age of … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: Why this year’s stripped-back series will put the focus firmly on the dancefloor

I am always giddy about the return of Strictly, but this year, the BBC’s dose of sequins feels downright curative. Already in semi-lockdown, and with more curbs looming, what better refuge than a show that celebrates connection? Read my full The … Continue reading

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What the Constitution Means to Me, Amazon Prime

When Heidi Shreck was 15, she travelled around the US giving debate speeches about the Constitution to win scholarship money for college. This electrifying, Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated play resurrects that teenage self, while demonstrating how the founding document has failed … Continue reading

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Roundup: Check Out These Socially Distanced Shows

Hurrah for the green shoots in our beleaguered industry. Lots of venues are mounting new shows and bringing back our favourites over the next few weeks and months – albeit with social distancing and safety measures in place. Here are … Continue reading

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Burn, Old Vic Online

The Old Vic has recently announced it is sticking with digital productions until at least spring 2021. That means more live-streamed work from its empty auditorium, including the upcoming return of A Christmas Carol, a Remembrance Day piece, and this new Sheila Atim … Continue reading

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Public cash for billionaires? The questions hanging over Oliver Dowden’s Cultural Recovery Fund

This week saw some succour for the arts. The award of £257 million in grants to British organisations has finally been announced. This money will come from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, and it’s designed to tide businesses over … Continue reading

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