Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Dick Twittington 37: Grand Theft Fudge

This week on my Twitter feed: The Doctor Who anniversary episode. I will get round to doing a post about it, I've just been busy. Playing the Doctor Who Google doodle game, mostly.

Hull's been named City of Culture? They know it doesn't mean the kind of culture that's in yoghurt, right?
11:11 AM - 20 Nov 13

Seeing posters in Soho for some Netto boyband called G.T.F. I do hope that stands for Get Tae Feck. Or maybe Grand Theft Fudge.
6:56 PM - 20 Nov 13

No that's fine, I love standing in the rain 20 minutes waiting for a bus that then decides it'll terminate early at the next stop.
10:42 PM - 20 Nov 13

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Dick Twittington 36: A crumbling country estate

This week on my Twitter feed, I get grumpy at work, inquisitive in a bookshop, and comically inspired (NB your mileage may vary) by Cake.

Tovey as a footballer? Andrew Scott as a rock star? The return of sensible start times? OK Royal Court, I'm listening.
1:23 PM - 13 Nov 13

Oh, the Tovey-is-a-footballer play also has Nico Mirallegro in it. I know for a fact nobody who follows me will care about that.
2:37 PM - 13 Nov 13

Sherbet Gravel remains my favourite Ridley character name #intervaltweets
8:33 PM - 13 Nov 13

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Book review: The Boy From Reactor 4

The Kindle daily deal seems to do a lot of crime novels, doesn't it? I don't often go for them but I thought I'd give Orest Stelmach's The Boy From Reactor 4 a chance. I actually thought, reading it, that it was at least the second in a series because there's all these references to its heroine breaking up a crime ring the previous year, but it turns out it's the author's first novel. It sees a former banker go on a journey to her parents' birthplace of Ukraine, to find the uncle she thought was long-dead, and his son raised near Chernobyl, while various different gangs chase her for the fortune they believe the uncle has stashed away. It's quite enjoyable although the fact that the quest begins with a dying man telling her "the fate of the free world depends on" her returning to Ukraine meant I couldn't take it entirely seriously from the off.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Dick Twittington 35: Training montage

This week on my Twitter feed, have I found the new "so bad it's good" show? Probably not. It's probably just bad.

When I saw Spamalot, it starred Simon Russell Beale. Now it's Les Dennis. Next: Dick and Dom #diminishingreturns
2:37 PM - 6 Nov 1

Macbeth of Fire & Ice: It's like the Southwark Playhouse Henry V all over again.
9:04 PM - 6 Nov 13

@OughtToBeClowns every so often the cast breaks off mangling Shakespeare, to praise Thor.
10:06 PM - 6 Nov 13

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Dick Twittington 34: :) :) :) :( :( :(

This week on my Twitter feed, in case there isn't enough of a theatre preoccupation already, the National theatre's 50th birthday celebrations take over Saturday night TV. Well, they do for sensible people. I suppose X Factor and Strictly might have still gone on, but broadcasting to nobody because everyone was glued to Dame Judi on BBC2. Right? Right?

Gemma Arterton as the Duchess of Malfi at the Wanamaker? Interesting...
11:16 AM - 30 Oct 13

I must admit, I did wonder if opening a theatre called the Wanamaker with a show with a female lead was a clue, but I like this casting.
11:24 AM - 30 Oct 13

So... no new Cheek By Jowl show next year? And two revivals but Russian Tempest isn't one of them? *sadface*
1:23 PM - 30 Oct 13