Month: September 2016

Stage Review: DEAD SHEEP

Writer, Jonathan Maitland has recreated for stage the out of public view relationships between Mrs Thatcher and the most prominent politicians and advisers of the 80’s era. This is not an unfolding account as it concentrates on 1981 and 1989 particularly, and, for the sake of entertainment, skates over the political years in-between. So the play opens in 1981, and, with the clever use of imagined dialogue and the stunning visual presence of Steve Nallon in character, it is a throwback setting that is something so consciously familiar for a lot of us. As the play develops it is only the smell of perspiring politicians in crisis that is missing! The growing bug bear, was, of course, the government split over Europe. The play is also a true portrayal of the then Prime Minister’s divisive motivations and the strong hold she had over the men she chose to keep close. On the flip side it is interestingly revealed, through her coolness and sarcastic behaviour when in the company of Elspeth Howe; wife of Geoffrey, that …

Stage Review – OSTRICH BOYS

This play is a revelatory experience all in all. The first reveal is immense, and a great place to start, but there is much more to the story. The script writing and the drama techniques used in getting the story out is pretty ingenious Four pals – four troubled young men (with Ross in a dislocated state at all times), each possessing very different personalities, yet all four from the friendship quartet are energetic jokers: passionate, heroic, hedonistic and vital, and under the surface, deep down, spirits are crushed somewhat; mind and thoughts restricted Adapted for stage by Carl Miller, from the successful book of the same title by author, Keith Gray, it is plain that the content is not particularly original, nevertheless, the slow uncovering of storytelling layers and the revealing of the real truth at the play’s end is handled extraordinary well Four multi-talented cast members, who double-up (and triple-up sometimes) as other necessary characters that need to feature. Four strikingly gifted young actors which can really ‘put on a show’, displaying excellent …

Review: ‘Sully’ Is a Weirdly Good, and Original, Exploration of Heroism

From Jon Negroni, A Review of ‘Sully’ which Jon rates as an A Grade Film Some movies are “based on a true story,” but it would be limiting to slot Sully, the latest film from Clint Eastwood, into such a broad, somewhat uninteresting category. When audiences … Source: Review: ‘Sully’ Is a Weirdly Good, and Original, Exploration of Heroism

Chatsworth Country Fair on Saturday 03 September In Pictures (in the Rain)

The thirty fifth Chatsworth Country Fair was opened yesterday in a Grand Ring Opening ceremony (Friday 02 Sept) by the Country Fair President, Jessica Ennis-Hill, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and Wholefood Warrior, Eva Humphries Our choice to attend today (Saturday 03 Sept) turned out to be a folly on our part with the weather being the overriding thing. The same view shared by everyone else involved and attending this day, I’m sure. Bet the wellie boot and umbrella sellers made a killing! These pictures really convey a damp few hours spent at an organised grand event in the English countryside. They have their own charm however, because of the inclement weather. Enjoy viewing them: DOG’S DAY CELEBRITY COOKERY DEMO EXHIBITOR STANDS CALL THE CAVALRY! THE GRAND RING Three Saturday hours spent with: GRAND RING OBSERVERS WELL BEHAVED DOG(S) A ZILLION UMBRELLAS A GREY SKY HORSES PONIES IN THE CHILDREN’S ZONE WITH CHARLOTTE HILL’S GOLDEN EAGLE! IN THE COMPANY OF A DANDY HIGHLANDER AND THE SOUND OF A PIPER, PIPING WITH OFF ROADERS WITH …