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A Judgement in Stone 

Malvern Theatres has put on a few plays over the years from the Agatha Christie Theatre Company. They seem to have run out of Agatha Christies plays to produce, however (which surprises me somewhat as she wrote dozens of books), and have now metamorphosed into the Classic Thriller Theatre Company. Their first production in this reincarnation […]


Many years ago, when I was in the sixth form at school, one of the other girls was studying for some sort of drama exam. I forget exactly what – my school certainly wasn’t relaxed enough to offer drama or theatre studies as an A-level, even if such a thing had existed back then. But […]

Not Dead Enough

Panto season is finally over at the Malvern Theatre’s, and they’re back to showing things I might actually want to watch. This week’s performance was Not Dead Enough, a murder mystery adapted for the stage from a book by Peter James. This is apparently the third in a series of “Detective Roy Grace” novels to […]

Who Killed Santa Claus?

It’s been a while since I’ve been to the theatre, and I certainly don’t intend to go there over the Christmas season, when all that’ll be on is The Panto. Not my cup of tea at all. The actors for that are already in town, and the principals (some minor stars from children’s TV) turned […]

Woman in Mind

I had something of a dilemma at the weekend. On the one hand, I’ve got a heavy cold that I just can’t shake, and was feeling really grotty, so I wanted to have a really quiet weekend and snuffle my way through it with strepsils, mugs of honey&lemon, and boxes of extra-soft tissues. On the […]

Chinese State Circus

I rather enjoyed watching the Olympic gymnastics on the telly last month, so when I saw that the Chinese State Circus was in town, at the Malvern Theatres, I thought I’d treat myself to a standby ticket to today’s matinee. Normally, when I go to a Saturday matinee at the theatre, it’s full of coach […]

Present Laughter

I’ve not been to the Malvern Theatres for a while, as there’s been a bit of a dull patch in their programme, with little that I’m interested in. This week though they did have a play showing that I particularly wanted to watch, so I used my theatre membership card to buy myself a standby […]

Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions

Malvern Theatres seems to be having a bit of a binge on Alan Ayckbourn comedies at the moment. I saw Round and Round the Garden just a few weeks ago, and last week they had not one but two productions alternating throughout the week, Hero’s Welcome and Confusions, both directed by the man himself.  I couldn’t get to Hero’s […]

Round and Round the Garden

I’ve been working flat out on equipment trials for the past two weeks, and I’ve got another one starting next week, so I’m pretty much run off my feet at work at the moment. I decided that I could really do with a complete change of pace over the weekend, so yesterday I looked up […]

A very tasteless game

Over the Christmas holidays I came across a very addictive game for my iPad (versions available on other platforms) called Plague Inc. It’s a strategy game, whereby you initially infect Patient Zero somewhere in the world with a weak strain of a disease, and then evolve the disease’s abilities with the aim of wiping out all […]