Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Little Victorian Treat

The Magistrate

The Magistrate – National Theatre If The Magistrate now playing at the National Theatre teaches you one thing, it is to not trust lukewarm reviews; for this is a riotous comedy, an evening of light hearted frivolity, bizarre coincidences and seasonal mirth. Over the years, Victorian comedy has not always been favourably received, lost beneath…

Sixty Million Cannot Be That Wrong!

When in 1985 the musical version of Les Miserables hit the stage, it was panned by critics; it was left to audiences to grasp the sheer power both of the story and of the music. Now, the world’s longest running musical has been adapted into an epic film which ultimately celebrates the power of redemptive love. For…

Angus McPhee – The Silent Weaver

Photograph of cover of The Silent Weaver

The Silent Weaver: The Extraordinary Life and Work of Angus McPhee – Roger Hutchinson Angus McPhee’s story is remarkable – from the remote Outer Hebridean island of South Uist, he, like so many Gaels before and after him, signed up for the Army. He served in the Lovat Scouts and yet ended the Second World…

A Christmas Cracker of a Family Show

Fred Broom as Toad

Wind in the Willows – The Brewhouse, Taunton Anyone who presents something other than pantomime at Christmas is to be congratulated. Naff village hall versions aside, I’ve never been a fan of panto, particularly in their revoltingly commercial guise. But shows at Christmas for the whole family – that’s a different matter. If you ever saw…