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Posts Tagged ‘Funny’
Book Blast: timed author interviews with a twist! I challenge The Deaths of December writer Susi Holliday to a seasonal Advent Calendar Challenge. AND there’s a GIVEAWAY!!
Book Blast: timed author interviews with a twist! I challenge Inspector Mclean bestselling writer James Oswald to a BLIND crisp taste test. This man has so much patience….
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?
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
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.
Once upon a time, a plucky theatre lover travelled to the magical kingdom of Clapham in search of a top night out…
As 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 front 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.
Ever wondered how your food came to be, well, food? Who worked out that steaming a globe artichoke and scraping the white fleshy bit from the leaves with your teeth tastes good? Some Nigella cave-chef, must have been licking everything that came out the ground to crack that….. Click here to read the rest of this week’s Blonde’s Eye View column.
Someone 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:
And here’s the frankly amazing advert for the product. Just about safe for work, but not safe for your soul:
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