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Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Well. This was not one of Strictly’s better outings. Our Staycation Blackpool Week sadly took all the worst elements of that usual jaunt – judging hysteria, inconsistent scores – without actually giving us the pleasure of performances at the Tower Ballroom. … Continue reading

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Lucky escape for Clara Amfo after viewers’ votes correct injustice on Strictly’s Blackpool special

Normally, we can chalk up the judges’ erratic Blackpool Week scoring to over excitement at being at the Tower Ballroom. What, then, to make of their bizarre decision-making while still in the studio? Can you get staycation sunstroke? Read my … Continue reading

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[Title of Show], Online

If theatre is sometimes accused of excessive navel-gazing, then what to make of this American meta-musical? It follows two guys creating a show – about two guys creating a show. Read my full The i Paper review here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 4

This was quite the Bizarro World Strictly, with a sadly absent Nicola and Katya, Motsi joining Bruno in Zoom purgatory, and Anton du Beke finally wearing the producers down and getting his shot at judging – the equivalent of a … Continue reading

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Clara Amfo was the clear standout during a dramatic week for Strictly Come Dancing

There was drama both on and off the Strictly floor this week, with the sad departure of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, due to a positive Covid test, and Anton du Beke stepping in for quarantining judge Motsi Mabuse. Read my … Continue reading

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Remembrance, Old Vic: In Camera

In November 2018, the Old Vic staged a series of five solo performances, curated by Arinzé Kene and directed by Annabel Bolton, to mark 100 years since the Armistice. Presented without scenery or costumes, they aimed to remind us of the … Continue reading

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Death of England: Delroy, National Theatre

Wednesday’s press performance was both opening and closing night at the National – their first show back curtailed by lockdown. Deeply frustrating, since Roy Williams and Clint Dyer’s blistering new state-of-the-nation monologue is clearly the play for the moment. Read my full … 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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