Sudden Appearance of Hope Published Today!

Sudden Appearance of Hope

Whoopee and whoop whoop!  The Sudden Appearance of Hope is published!  Let there be much eating of cake and making merry! For those who haven’t seen, it’s the story of Hope Arden, a woman who no one can ever remember meeting.  Stuck with this tricky little problem, she has no friends, no family and no home, but thankfully can be a fantastic thief.  Being a thief usually gets her by – nothing more, nothing less – until a crime spirals out of control, and she finds herself caught up in a fight for something much bigger than being remembered. Fingers …

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In Praise of… Pattern Recognition


To clarify – this was a dance show at the Platform Theatre in April 2016, rather than a book.  It was put on by Alexander Whitley, and I was taken to see it by my partner not ‘cos we know anything about dance (we don’t) but because it was a show in which dance and lights collided  in a way we kinda had to see. The premise is pretty simple.  Two dancers perform on a stage, while three XBox Kinect sensors monitor their movements.  That data is then translated and transmitted to eight moving lights.  In various different ways, these …

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Natural and organic


Two annoying things.  In the EU there are over 2000 products banned from cosmetics, ‘cos of the damage they cause to people, animals and the environment.  In America, of those banned products there are just 36. My skin appears to responds better to face cream made from beeswax and oil than anything else I can buy off the shelf. I find both these things depressing for very different reasons.  Firstly, the things we as a species do to ourselves in pursuit of beauty, youth and… well, no, those two mostly… makes me a little bit sad.  We also do things …

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Posh actors


There’s a bit of an ongoing barny about how many deeply successful (mostly male) actors in Britain right now are posh.  A mull….  It’s an argument not without a grain of truth to it.  A long list of Harrow, Eton, Westminster, Oxford, Cambridge graduates grace our screens and stage.  Even if those institutions weren’t on the list, as someone who went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, I’m here to tell you that fundamentally, if you’re someone who gets to spend time and money watching theatre, let alone making it, that very act is probably going to factor into …

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Arguing as People


I, like most of the world, have gone to great efforts to ignore the current Republican race for President in the USA.  I’ve tried to ignore it because it hurts, and because in the UK when a government gets in which I loathe I can contemplate leaving the country (for now), whereas if a US President gets in who believes that all Muslims are potentially terrorists, climate change is a lie and every Mexican is a rapist, there’s not another planet to move to. But now, of course, it’s all getting a bit real and so, with great reluctance, I …

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