Theatre Review: Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh

Review originally published in the E2D August 2015 Come on in and join the party! It should be fun – for this is the party from hell. There are many reasons for the ghastly nature of this party, well-directed by Ian Forrest: Mike Leigh’s classic play is set in the late 70s when fashion and… Read More Theatre Review: Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh

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Book Review: The Elements of Eloquence – How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth

The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is a must-read for any lover of the English language or writer who wishes to hone their craft. It is not, however, a how-to book. For a start off, it’s far too hilarious!… Read More Book Review: The Elements of Eloquence – How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase by Mark Forsyth

First World Writer Problems 1: Don’t want to start, don’t want to finish

I’m just nearing the end of writing an article about a superb new British movie which tackles islamophobia. The film is called Freesia (you can watch the trailer here if you’re interested) and I’ve been privileged to see the whole thing. Despite the understated, non-melodramatic and sensitive handling from the director, Conor Ibrahiem, the film… Read More First World Writer Problems 1: Don’t want to start, don’t want to finish

Theatre Review: Mr Paradise & Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams

This review was written for the Egremont 2Day newspaper in June 2015. These two short plays playing at Theatre by the Lake’s Studio theatre are not for the faint-hearted but the cast and crew did a marvellous job of making these two plays as mesmerising as possible. The first play, Mr Paradise, is the shorter… Read More Theatre Review: Mr Paradise & Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams