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The Beautiful Game

Well, that’s a turn up for the books – an Andrew Lloyd Webber show I rather enjoyed. I’d convinced myself he only produced pompous pop operas with mushy scores after Starlight Express, but I hadn’t seen this when it was first produced fourteen years ago. 265 more words


Humour and idioms

Recently read (while working slowly through a more serious book) were two books from my daughter’s reading pile, Dead Famous by Ben Elton and The Stupidest Angel, a Heart-warming Tale of Christmas Terror… 253 more words


How to write briefly, succinctly – and long

One of the key lessons for writers – repeated endlessly by those who teach it – is keep it tight.

Writing isn’t about word count – it’s about content. 387 more words


The Boys in the Photograph

The Boys in the Photograph

A week of previews have come and gone. Rehearsal and tweaking happened daily.

Time for press night tonight when the bigwigs of the industry will come in to cast their all-seeing eyes over the show. 55 more words

Musical Theatre

It's 20 years since I joined a newly named organisation called Scope

Writing this blog is going to make me feel very, very old.

In 1994, I’d been out of work for 2 years on invalidity benefit (which then became… 445 more words

Inside Scope

The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak

Last weekend I made it my mission to finish The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.  No matter what else was going on, I was going to finish that book! 575 more words