Bristol


The Crucible, Bristol Old Vic

Although it was no doubt the bane of many other students’ lives, I remember absolutely loving Arthur Miller’s The Crucible as a teenager and read my copy several times over. Actually, as an aside, when I recently moved house and had to pack and then unpack all of my books again, I was a bit mortified to notice how low brow my more recent reading material seems in comparison to the sort of thing that I was reading as a young adolescent when I was devouring the likes of Ulysses, The Crucible, War and Peace and even several Balzac novels […]


Love for Love at Bristol Old Vic

One of the best things about living in Bristol (and let’s be fair, there are MANY great things about living in this amazing, vibrant city) is being able to hang out at the beautiful Old Vic theatre on King Street, which still retains many of its original Georgian features and is absolutely lovely both inside and out. In fact it is such an eighteenth century gem that it was used for the theatre scene in The Duchess starring Keira Knightley. It’s always SUCH a treat to spend an evening there so I really do love it when invitations from their […]


The Life and Times of Fanny Hill

In a week where everyone is talking about the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey film (did anyone actually like that book? I haven’t read any of them and have no plans to do so or to see the film but it seems to have inspired unmitigated loathing everywhere. SOMEONE must have liked it though, surely?), it seemed oddly fitting to make a trip to the beautiful Old Vic theatre in Bristol to watch April de Angelis’ play about its shocking eighteenth century forerunner, Fanny Hill, a book that scandalised and titillated Georgian society after its release in 1748. […]


Swallows and Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Swallows and Amazons: Photo: Bristol Old Vic/Simon Annand. I’ll admit that thanks to a combination of depression, illness and other assorted woes, I haven’t been feeling as festive as I might otherwise have done as we hurtle through December. I’m a bit upset about this to be honest as I usually love this time of year and really like to throw myself into the whole fairy lights, gluhwein and glitter fun. To be honest, I find that enjoying the seasons and the annual festivals really helps with my depression as it keeps me in the present and gives me something […]


Juno and the Paycock, Bristol Old Vic

Juno and the Paycock, Des McAleer (Captain Boyle) and Niamh Cusack (Juno). Photo: Stephen Vaughan. ‘The world’s in the grip of change for Juno and her peacock of a husband – a daughter flirting with marriage and politics, a civil war outside the door, a son wounded and hiding from the conflict. Could the reading of a will bring stability and status to the Boyle household? Hilarity and tragedy rub shoulders in Sean O’Casey’s classic Irish drama set in Dublin 1922, featuring his trademark mix of comic double acts, political upheavals, domestic longings, and characters who are never far away […]


Red Lodge, Bristol

Although this blog is mostly London centric, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have some pretty amazing history stuff going on here in Bristol, albeit on a rather smaller scale. I’ve already written about Bristol Museum, SS Great Britain, Georgian House and M Shed on here and thought it was about time that I featured the Red Lodge, which is a must see for any history fans paying a visit to the city. I probably should have written about the Red Lodge long before now, but had very personal reasons for not doing so – as VERY long term readers […]