The Comedy about a Bank Robbery

Mischief Theatre formed in 2008 by LAMDRA theatre students who produced improvisation shows until in 2012 writing their fully scripted first play – The Murder before Christmas. This became The Play that Goes Wrong the following year and went on to a sell-out tour. It has been running in the West End since 2014 and now plays in every continent of the world except Antarctica!

The Comedy about a Bank Robbery began in 2016 and is packing theatres throughout the UK tour 2018/19 tour.

I’ve been lucky enough to see both plays, slightly preferring The Comedy about a bank Robbery for it’s endless slapstick, slick actors and fast paced dialogue, it leaves you gasping for air as the gags roll around. Characters with names such as Robin Threeboys result in expected humour but here it takes it up a notch, wringing out every last drop of discourse possible.

Both shows are extended until 2019, you’ll find them somewhere near you I’m sure. DON’T miss out!

The Archers

It seems I share my birthday with Brian Aldridge!

For those of you who have no idea who that is – you’re missing out. The Archers has been running on BBC Radio 4 since 1950. It began as an educational programme post World War II to help farmers feed the nation after years of rationing.

The Archers lost its educational purpose in 1972 but still tries to follow rural developments closely. It brands itself now as ‘contemporary drama in a rural setting’.
I personally feel it’s a work of ongoing genius! The characters are so well developed, many of the actors have been working on the series for many years and it handles topical stories with true BBC care!

“perhaps a small piece, I’m still feeling very full after that magnificent lunch”

Brian Aldridge after being offered birthday cake by his wife, Jennifer.

You can read more about my birthday companion Brian Aldridge here –

Why not start your own journey with The Archers!?

The Clock: Christian Marclay

Whilst at The Tate Modern last week to see a friend’s participation in the talk MFON: Women Photographers in the African Diaspora, I popped into the tanks to see Christian Marclay’s The Clock, mainly to kill half an hour on a cosy sofa (which is never the right reason to see art) but I soon wished I had an afternoon to while away.

The clock is a 24 hour masterpiece of thousands of clips of films spliced together to form a continuous piece in perfect synchronisation with your local time.

The auditorium is dark and cosy with neatly aligned sofas to kick-back into. You cannot help but start by checking your phone/watch – oh yes we’re synchronised beautifully before watching the finer details and the careful crafting of one snippet flowing into another. At times there seems to be another narrative going on, is there? can it be possible? I’m not sure after all.

It’s very clever, not just the enormous amount of time, commitment, energy, conviction needed by Marclay and his team to build a 24 hour film exactly in-sync with real time showing many different instances of time being show on celluloid but also the ebb and flow of something other-than the time itself.

The film quickly creates an obsession with watching time go by and realising there are a myriad of scenes/narratives being told not only in  the footage gathered but in the lives of those sharing your auditorium space. Alas, the gallery invigilators soon announce with humour that it is now 17.55 and therefore the gallery closes in 5 minutes. If only I could rewind a little time.

You’ve probably read a few reviews on Marclay’s The Clock by now but if you haven’t got to see it first hand in all it’s cinematic glory it’s still on at the Tate Modern until 20/01/2019. You might even have time for a 24 hour viewing.