Into the bazaar

Hot wind blows against my face like a hairdryer in a dusty sauna. Incessant honking and shouting are the general indicators, as tuk tuks, scooters and rickshaws, whine and creak their way though the traffic; a colourless game of Mario Cart. Driving from Delhi airport towards the backpacker heart of this impatient city, a red traffic … More Into the bazaar

Bush Babies

Sitting with his eyelids and fingers well and truly squeezed, dad tried to convince us he is not that afraid. My brother, Jack, and I struggled to keep our safety belts on. We had hoped for leaping stomachs and high-pitched screams. Aged nine and ten, we were prepared for an adrenaline rush like no other. But this was no Lego Land in the clouds. It took a lot of painful ear-popping and … More Bush Babies

Private Peaceful – Richmond Theatre, London

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. Writer: Michael Morpurgo (adapted by Simon Reade) Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Alice McGuigan Rating: 3 The silhouette of a soldier crosses the dim-lit stage of no-man’s land. Arriving at a thin, wiry bed, he strips off his uniform to reveal a young boy in braces, sounding … More Private Peaceful – Richmond Theatre, London

Staying afloat

Why do we all still slip a hand out of the window to check the temperature outside? Or look at the sky to see how many clouds there are in order to predict the chances of rainfall? Britain is sinking. It doesn’t matter if the sky is clear. It doesn’t matter if the sun is … More Staying afloat

Donkeys’ Years – Rose Theatre Kingston, London

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lisa Spirling Reviewer: Alice McGuigan Rating: 4.5 “I wasn’t old enough to be young.” At an organised reunion in their old university halls, six men politely reminisce about their days as students, over “jolly good food” and “jolly good wine”. But it … More Donkeys’ Years – Rose Theatre Kingston, London

Thebes- New Diorama Theatre, London

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. Writer: Gareth Jandrell (after Sophocles and Aeschylus) Director: Rachel Valentine Smith Reviewer: Alice McGuigan The Public Reviews Rating:  “I vow to save you once more, my Thebes. My city” promises King Oedipus, unaware that his own fate has already set its suffering in motion. Presented by … More Thebes- New Diorama Theatre, London

A Christmas Carol, The Musical – Tabard Theatre, London

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews. Writers: Mike Ockrent & Lynn Ahrens Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Director: Lee Greenaway Reviewer: Alice McGuigan The Public Reviews Rating:  “Isn’t it nice that once again it’s Christmas Eve?” chime the joyous ensemble in the opening track A Jolly Good Time. This sentiment could … More A Christmas Carol, The Musical – Tabard Theatre, London

‘Roots’ by Arnold Wesker, Donmar Warehouse, London

FOUR STARS  ‘The world’s been growing for two thousand years and we haven’t noticed it” cries new Londoner, Beatie Bryant (Jessica Raine), visiting her family in rural Norfolk. No one listens. Part of Wesker’s trilogy, this kitchen sink drama explores Beatie’s family ‘roots’ cut off from the ‘roots’ of socialism. Clinging zealously to every syllable … More ‘Roots’ by Arnold Wesker, Donmar Warehouse, London

Lancing Adventures

Camping came to a relaxing end this year with the annual family trip. Stuffing both boot and roof rack full of the staple foldaway, thermal and long-life necessities, we journeyed south towards the coast. The Barn Caravan Park is quiet, spacious and wonderfully located. Roughly a twenty-minute train ride from the centre of Brighton, it … More Lancing Adventures