Preview: Eurovision Song Contest 2018 (Grand Final)

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Having originally said I wouldn’t blog about the Eurovision final, I decided that I’d do a quick post to put together all my previews into the Grand Final running order. These are unedited from my semi-final blogs, so they might include things like predictions of qualification (or otherwise!) that are no longer relevant. But hopefully it’ll be a useful guide/cheat sheet for some of you for the final!

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Preview: Eurovision Song Contest 2018 (Semi-final 2)

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Hungary’s AWS in rehearsal © Thomas Hanses

Welcome back to this year’s Eurovision semi-final blogs! There were a few shocks in the first semi-final, eh? Azerbaijan, Belgium and Greece not qualifying. Albania and Ireland going through (both of which I’m delighted at, by the way). So who knows what surprises semi-final two might bring tonight? In this blog I’ll take you through the contestants so you at least have an idea of what might be in store for your audio and visual pleasure (or otherwise).

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Preview: Eurovision Song Contest 2018 (Semi-final 1)

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As Andy Williams once sang: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Yes folks, it’s Eurovision time! This year I’m even more beside myself than usual because I somehow fell in to following the national song announcements and have also been keeping one eye on the rehearsals over the past week. I even wangled my way into a press event in London on behalf of another website I write for and chatted with a few of the contestants, which was weird but wonderful. Continue reading

Review: The Lady from the Sea (Donmar Warehouse)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea has surfaced onto the Donmar stage in an adaptation by Elinor Cook and directed by soon-to-be Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

The eponymous Lady is Ellida, daughter of a lighthouse-keeper, second wife to dependable but dull Dr. Wangel, and step-mother to his daughters Bolette and Hilde. Ellida is tormented both by the loss of their infant son and by the memory of a sailor she met in her teens, and made a pact with to marry when he returned.

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Review: Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein has burst into the West End. Based on the movie, also by Brooks, it’s brilliantly kitsch, wholly unsubtle and very, very funny.

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Review: The Lie (Menier Chocolate Factory)

The LieSheSeesStars: ★★★☆☆

Following their production of The Truth, also by Florian Zeller, the Menier Chocolate Factory, director Lindsay Posner and translator Christopher Hampton have teamed up again for the English language world premiere of The Lie.

Two middle-aged couples are living a chic upper-middle-class lifestyle in Paris, but with secrets buried just below the apparently idyllic surface.

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Review: The Majority (National Theatre)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

If you’ve ever wondered whether the typical National Theatre audience is mainly comprised of liberal white Remain voters, wonder no more. The first few minutes of the press night for The Majority emphatically confirmed this to be the case. That tangential bombshell aside, The Majority is less clichéd than its National press night crowd. Rob Drummond’s new show is less a play and more a piece of storytelling with added participatory morality.

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