The existential dread. Join us… or are you already there?

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The existential dread has hit my little urban family hard this year. I thought it’d happen at 30. That’s what people tell you. And don’t get me wrong, at 30 I had a fair enough freak out. But it wasn’t … Continue reading

Theatre review: Fagin’s Twist @Circomedia, Bristol


Energetic, brutal and beautiful, Avant Garde Dance’s Oliver Twist is not nearly as well-mannered as the Oliver we’re familiar with. This Oliver doesn’t ask for more, he demands it. Circomedia’s unique stage is the perfect place for an urban retelling of Dickens’ tale … Continue reading

Theatre Review – Jack Thorne’s junkyard at Bristol Old Vic

The cast of Jack Thorne's 'Junkyard'

Often the hardest stories to tell are the most simple. Junkyard’s wonderfully guileless and direct plot is so disarming that you cannot help but be drawn in by its innocence. From acclaimed Bristol writer Jack Thorne (This is England, Let the Right One … Continue reading

Small Stories has something new to say…

Small not back

Welcome to Small Stories! For anyone who has been to Small Stories before, we used to be a monthly event for local writers – but we’re aiming to say something different this time. Everyone has a story to tell, but … Continue reading

Zero @ Alma Tavern – Review


Sometimes you meet someone, out in the pub, surrounded by noise and chatting at ten miles an hour. They’re a bit gobby, they’re making too many jokes, and you know it’s not real. You wonder what they’re like when they’re … Continue reading

Reginald D Hunter @ Bristol Comedy Garden – Review


Not being funny, but Bristol needed a laugh this week. After the sporting and political fails on the European front, it was bound to get a mention. And of course, it did. The one good thing about Brexit is that … Continue reading

Help! Review of Viki Browne’s play at Wardrobe Theatre


It takes a brave woman to stand in front of a room full of strangers in a skin-coloured leotard. It takes an even braver woman (and one with a bloody good sense of humour) to wear a leotard and confess … Continue reading

Review: It’s Shaun the Sheep! Aardman Animations in conversation with Marcus Brigstoke: Bristol Slapstick Festival 2016

Shaun the sheep

On Saturday afternoon Shaun the Sheep fans young and old gathered at St George’s to hear from Aardman writers and directors Richard Starzak and Mark Burton about just what makes Shaun such an internationally adored critter. Read my full review in Bristol24/7…

Film Review: Chicago – Cecil B. DeMille (1927)


Murder, adultery and all that jazz: Chicago has been a hit Broadway musical, a critically acclaimed film, and has sparked the imagination of anyone who secretly loves a little glitz, a moonshine cocktail and a bit of bad behaviour. And there’s something uniquely compelling, … Continue reading

Here’s to the neurotic lost people, you winners. Happy 2016.


I usually do one of these rambles on the new-year. But this year seems a bit different. I turned 30. I’m an adult, (at least numerically). The only thing that’s changed though really, is that I pretend a lot these … Continue reading