Photo: me, a few days post op, modelling my new glasses. This is the level of excitement possible while sporting fresh stitches I’ll kick off with a bit of context. I was diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer in 2018, although the diagnosis was a very long time coming. Women, I cannot stress enough how important it … Continue reading What cancer taught me about living with uncertainty
Photo by Cam Harle Photography. Tom Stocks pictured Despite the title 'Netflix & Chill' is not a light-hearted sex comedy. There is some sex, and plenty of comedy, but ultimately this is a show about mental health and male suicide. The comedy and the sex both ground the story in a relatable space, but also … Continue reading Netflix & Chill at the Drayton Arms Theatre
After a successful run at the Edinburgh fringe, 'Gobby' has come to the Vault Festival for its final UK performances, before heading to Australia. Jodie Irvine writes and performs in this one-woman play about Bri, a woman who has earned herself the nickname Gobby, because she talks so much. But is there anything really wrong with … Continue reading Gobby at the Vault Festival
'Passion on the Night Tube' by Tony Tang is running until Sunday 2nd February as part of the Vault Festival. It isn't in the main Vaults location though, but in the 'Gift Horse' which is a lovely space above the Horse and Stables pub by Lambeth North station. This a semi-autobiographical solo show that mixes … Continue reading ‘Passion on the Night Tube’ at The Gift Horse at the Horse and Stables
After a short and well received run as part of the Camden Fringe Festival, Lucio Veronesi's debut play 'F**k Freud' is running at the Tristan Bates until 7th December. Lucio Veronesi also takes the lead in this piece about Leone, a young Italian actor living in London and trying to make sense of life after … Continue reading F**k Freud at the Tristan Bates
Yesterday I was back at the Bread and Roses to catch 3 very different Clapham Fringe shows. My first, in the Sunday 5pm slot was Human Issue. Written and directed by Dean Moynihan, this one man play focuses on the uncomfortable and relatively under-discussed subject of male suicide. Starring Mark Savage (some of my readers … Continue reading Human Issue at the Bread and Roses
In May I wrote a theatre FOMO post, talking about the shows I wished I could be seeing but would sadly be missing. In that same spirit I want to talk about the Trafalgar Studios, which seems to be mopping up the cream of the crop of smaller space transfers. There is definitely magic in … Continue reading Is there magic in the water at the Trafalgar Studios?
It is hard to believe that it has been over 8 years since I was diagnosed with the toxic cocktail of severe depression and anxiety. An oxymoron of an illness that leaves you caring too much and too little at the same time. In those first dark days it was hard to believe I could pull … Continue reading The black dog and a ginger cat