The Third Age Chronicles

** The sequel to my 3rd Age trilogy, AMPLE MAKE THIS BED is at last re-edited down to a new slim 415 pages from its prior bloated 530 page blockbuster size. I am still battered and bruised from all the slash and burn of over a hundred pages of deathless prose consigned to the flames. […]

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ALL IS TRUE – My film of the month – July 2019

July 15, 2019

Mystery surrounds much of Shakespeare’s life whether he was in the public eye in London or at home back in Stratford. Which leaves the field wide open for conjecture and theories about him by writers, scholars, critics, actors, film-makers and other playwrights. Tom Stoppard made the biggest splash with his filmscript for SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. […]

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LONDON STAGE 2019 – Two Curate’s Eggs – JUNE

July 2, 2019

It took ten years for the STARRY MESSENGER to get from Broadway to London’s West End. I saw it the night after it opened and it felt definitely tired from its long journey. Mind you, it had a lot to say on a lot of different subjects but the end result was less than the […]

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MY LONDON PLAY SEASON – June, 2019

June 25, 2019

I’m still in recovery mode from my annual UK visit but I want to mention some theatre visits before I forget them and overlay them with plays seen here at home. Like NOISES OFF which I managed to catch on its final night here in Victoria. More on that later. Hampstead Theatre was playing the […]

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THINGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME – My Play of the Month – May

May 23, 2019

The opening night audience for St Luke’s Players latest production packed the hall on a very warm evening last night.  The cast warmed them up even further with this lively Neil Simon-style comedy as it gathered pace and swept the house along with it. Absurdist situations and some well-staged knockabout farce was interlaced with enough […]

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THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH – My Book of the Month. May

May 13, 2019

Richard Flanagan’s novel was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize of 2014 and I can see why. It’s a mesmerising story of how one man’s flight from an impossible situation led to an even worse one and how he somehow managed to survive it at great cost. A doctor, Dorrigo Evans, falls in love with […]

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