Posts Tagged ‘Funny’

Sarah Hilary Two Truths & a Lie Challenge Video

| Book Blast Author Challenge

Get ready for an author interview with a twist! Learn more about what your favourite authors are truly like, when I ask them some more unusual questions. In today’s Book Blast I challenge Theakstons’ Crime Novel of the Year winner and DI Marnie Rome author Sarah Hilary to two truths and a lie. Let me know what you think, guys?

 

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Sixteen Exciting Fiction Titles Containing the Word Girl for 2016

| Writing

 

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The Girl on the Tram

 

The Girl on the Penny Farthing

 

The Girl on her Period

 

The Girl with the Dragon Dictation Software

 

The Girl With the Military Tattoo

 

The Girl Who Played with Fire Retardant Sofas

 

The Girl Who Kicked the Door (by accident)

 

The Girl Who Swore

 

The Girl on the Pain-killers

 

Gone Grrrl

 

Scone Girl

 

Wrong, Girl

 

The Girl Off Her Tits

 

The Girl Who Was on Deadline

 

The Girl Who Ate all the Chocolate Covered Teacakes

 

The Girl On The Train – You Know, the One Who Had the Batshit Tights On?

 

With apologies to Paula Hawkins, Stieg Larsson, Gillian Flynn et al.

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The Princess Monologues, at The Bread & Roses Theatre

| Reviews You Can Read In One Minute

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Once upon a time, a plucky theatre lover travelled to the magical kingdom of Clapham in search of a top night out…

4345308_origAs soon as I heard about The Princess Monologues my mind immediately turned to the many articles, memes, and quotes deploring Disney princesses as bad role models for little girls, as good role models for little girls, arguments against buying pink toys for young girls, the story of the little boy who goes to nursery dressed as a princess, how princess is a compliment, how it’s a slur, colour, gender, identity. When did princess become such a loaded word?

Director Tessa Hart has seized on the multiple nuances ‘princess’ holds and commissioned a brilliant, blisteringly funny, sometime sad, twisty, twisted, and very prescient collection of monologues. A fantastically engaging sprint of an hour long show you’ll laugh, possibly cry, and certainly think on once the glitter has settled and you’ve left the theatre.

Eleanor Dillon-Reams is a revelatory tour de force, moving seamlessly on stage and in front3902158 of the audience, between the six characters of the six monologues written by the diverse and talented Tilly Lunken, Tina Jay, Claire Booker, Simon Jay, Amy Bethan Evans, Tessa Hart, and Eliza Power. Dillon-Reams’ accent, tone, posture and entire body shifted so fully to inhabit each character it was as if they were there: six different people. A staggering performance, she’s certainly a talent to watch.

Simon Jay’s Home Made Princess squeezed my heart tight with it’s incredible switch. Dillon-Reams expertly making the most of the emotive subject, and causing this audience member to have to blink away tears. Claire Booker’s Princess Frankenstein is a darkly, comic gem: one of the funniest things I’ve seen this year. And Eliza Power’s #Shame, sharp as a knife, effortlessly cuts through multiple meanings and associations of the word princess, of words and names themselves, pulling together Disney, Kim Kardashian, and a depressingly familiar situation too many women find themselves in, in a final punch I didn’t see coming.

The Princess Monologues are strong, tight, multifarious and gleeful inspections of what ‘princess’ means in 2015. This show deserves to go far. I wouldn’t be surprised if it transfers. Catch it if you can. You’ll live happily ever after.

The Princess Monolgues is on at The Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham until Sunday 22nd November at 7.30pm. And at the The Space on the Isle of Dogs on Sunday 6th December at 6pm.

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The Wharf: The Sex Toy for Bankers

| Journalism

leloSomeone has designed a sex toy for bankers. Because of course they have. This gave cause for me to email my Wharf editor the legendary question: ‘Can I write about a cock ring?’ The answer was: ‘Yes, as long as you don’t call it a cock ring.’ You can read the full article on the link below:

http://www.wharf.co.uk/2014/12/blondes-eye-view-the-bankers-s.html

And here’s the frankly amazing advert for the product. Just about safe for work, but not safe for your soul:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8qTN6__RAg

 

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