Category Archives: Journalism

‘Theatres need timelines based on evidence – you can’t turn it on and off like a tap’

Becoming the new president of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) during a global pandemic might feel a bit like taking the wheel of the Titanic. But producer Eleanor Lloyd, who was elected by her fellow SOLT members a couple of … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

You know what I didn’t need during a week where I’ve barely slept, my body now programmed to wake up at 3am, lunge for my phone and frantically check the Philadelphia count? The absolute, unadulterated nightmare fuel that was Strictly … Continue reading

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Strictly’s Movie Week: don’t bet against sharpshooter Bill Bailey being the last celebrity standing

Strictly’s messy Movie Week saw dances engulfed by themes – none more so than Jason Bell’s Death Star of a paso doble. In space, no one can hear you “Olé!”. Read my full Telegraph article here

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What A Carve Up!, Online

Jonathan Coe’s satirical thriller has been inventively adapted in this joint digital project between three theatres: The Barn, Lawrence Batley and New Wolsey. Presented as a Netflix true crime doc-meets-YouTube conspiracy, it’s a gripping watch. Read my full The i Paper review … Continue reading

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Lazuli Sky, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler’s Wells

“Finally, we’re back where we belong!” exclaims Carlos Acosta, introducing his belated premiere commission as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB), and the first socially distanced production at Sadler’s Wells. What a way to mark World Ballet Day. Read my full The … Continue reading

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Six’s ruined reopening: ‘The cast moved and got tested – then I had to break the news on Zoom’

It’s been three times unlucky for Six in 2020. The British musical had to close its US production on what would have been opening night, as Broadway shuttered; local outbreaks scuppered its summer drive-in tour; and, now, the second lockdown has put back … Continue reading

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‘No notice, no proper details’: the little bookshop fearing a second lockdown

“We feared a second lockdown might happen, but we wanted it earlier,” says Jonathan Main, owner of independent Bookseller Crow on the Hill in London’s Crystal Palace. “Locking down again during our second-busiest sales month of the year? Bad news.” … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Is Strictly the last remaining thread holding this nation together? Arguably yes, given that the BBC had to cut away from Boris Johnson’s press conference on Saturday lest riots break out in the streets. Perhaps also because there are only so many … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: week 2 recap – Jacqui Smith trotted round the ballroom like a drunk pony

As England is plunged back into lockdown, Jacqui Smith is locked out of the ballroom – and rightly so. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Socially Distanced Strictly

This year’s show looks very different with Covid regulations, but the spirit remains the same. Read the full Dancing Times article here

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