Out of Town, Reviews, Stage

Midsummer Magic by 1623 Theatre Company

Nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Stoney Wood in Wirksworth but wrapped tight in waterproofs and blankets; to begin with the weather was working against us. Overcast and chilly with claims of 90 mph gale force winds preventing  the play from taking place on the majestic Star Disc. Things didn’t look good. But we hunkered down at the base of the hill (which was still beautiful) where we were sheltered from the wind; the rain that threatened never came and 1623 Theatre Company put on an enjoyable evening for the family in their presentation of Midsummer Magic.

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Exclusive Features, Out of Town, Reviews, Screen

Secret Cinema in London

A location, a dress code, a role, some items to bring, and cryptic clues via social networking. When you sign up to experience Secret Cinema that is essentially all the information you receive. As a result you never quite know what to expect, other than that it is going to be an unusual experience. Essentially, you are paying not just to watch a film, but to experience it by stepping into its world for a while.  Continue reading

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Coming Up, Music, Out of Town

Download Festival is around the corner!

I’m the guy on the right. You know, by the thing.

You might not have realised, but this weekend a major cultural event will be commencing, right on Derby’s doorstep. This event will bring people from around the UK and beyond (roughly 120,000 over the course of the event), eager to see artists from all over the world showcase their work. Also most of them will be eager to get drunk on over-priced beer and party all weekend, because this cultural event is the 11th annual Download Festival at Donington Park.

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Out of Town, Reviews, Stage

Richard Herring’s “Talking Cock 2: The Second Coming” at Nottingham Playhouse

Richard Herring, Talking Cock 2

Richard Herring, Talking Cock 2

Having been described as “Man’s answer to The Vagina Monologues” by The Guardian, I was concerned that Herring’s “Talking Cock” material might be littered with digs towards women and prove somewhat anti-feminist. However, it would seem that such a comparison has only been made because of the context in which Herring has developed his material. He has undertaken questionnaires on sex and the male genitalia, answered by men and women, and the basis of his show draws on the statistics and personal responses he has collected. Continue reading

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Out of Town, Reviews, Stage

Out of Town: The Gilded Merkin at The Glee Club, Nottingham

The Gilded Merkin Bulesque and Caberet, Glee Club Nottingham

The Gilded Merkin Bulesque and Caberet, Glee Club Nottingham

Usually my Sunday evenings involve a massive dinner, slippers, several mugs of tea and a DVD if I’m feeling adventurous. However, this weekend I donned my highest heels, red lipstick and ventured out into the pouring rain to check out one of Nottingham’s biggest Burlesque evenings, The Gilded Merkin at The Glee Club. Continue reading

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Out of Town, Reviews, Visual Art

Exhibitions at Lakeside Arts & Nottingham Contemporary

Map Of My Entire Life by Rob Ryan

Map Of My Entire Life by Rob Ryan

This bank holiday we set off for an art megamix, taking in The First Cut at Lakeside Arts and The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things at Nottingham Contemporary, with the bonus unexpected collection Trade Secrets: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. So much art! So much sunshine! Continue reading

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Out of Town, Reviews

The Kite Runner at Nottingham Playhouse

Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel, The Kite Runner, was taken in by readers because of its well balanced sociopolitical context and simple storytelling.  Set against a backdrop of 1970’s Afghanistan and spanning more than 30 years, the setting of the play feels epic yet never detracts from the very relatable emotions of betrayal and redemption that are at the heart of the narrative. Continue reading

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