Its Back!

Calling RB Writes Supporters. WRITI NG FINGERS AT THE READY! RB WRITES RETURNS THIS AUTUMN The 2022 Reigate & Banstead Writes competition will open for entries on 10th October. As before, young people aged 10-14 who live or go to school in the borough will be asked to write a 1,000 word story all about…

Back to the ’80s. Calling Planet Earth at Dorking Halls.

In the week Kate Bush dethroned Harry Styles from his number one spot, the current 1980’s ‘Back to the Future’ vibe was reinforced by ‘Calling Planet Earth’ at Dorking Halls. Calling Planet Earth is the show that defines a decade. For the uninitiated this may appear grandiose. But this New Romantic symphony is so much…

The Chipstead Players present The Woman in White.

The Chipstead Players are back with an ambitious adaptation of Wilkie Collins’ 1859 novel, The Woman in White.  It tells the story of the dashing Walter Hartright, (David Hall in his Courtyard debut). Who takes up the position of drawing master to Laura Fairlie and her half-sister Marian.  But he is troubled by the memory…

Strictly Magic!

Giovanni Pernice: The Hawth Theatre, Crawley – 16th April. It’s been a long wait for dance fans but strictly champion Giovanni Pernice has finaly quickstepped back to his ‘home town’ of Crawley with a wonderfully witty, energetic and sexy romp of a show.  Whilst it may not be for dance purists, Creative director and Choreographer…

Skiing. A novice’s review.

Tale from the Town. Wanna try skiing and feel you’ve left it too late? Mary Garg may change your mind. “Its supposed to be slippy”… it’s a slippy sport. So said my ski instructor Gigi during my first ever Alpine ski lesson (my second lesson after I fell off the escalator at my local artificial…

What to Watch: Peaky Blinders.

The Shelby’s are back and out for vengeance. It was way back in 2013 that Peaky Blinders started cautiously on BBC2, before cementing its place as a distinctive, behemoth of British TV. On the way, it has become one of Birmingham’s best exports; up there with HP Sauce and Jack Grealish’s calves. Stylish, cinematic and…

WHAT TO WATCH: AFTERLIFE SERIES 3

AFTERLIFE – NETFLIX Afterlife, Ricky Gervais’s wildly successful foul-mouthed dark comedy that takes on the epic themes of love, loss and how we learn to start over has been seen in over 100 million households. Its success could explain why Gervais broke his 2-series only rule. The big question, can Afterlife 3 live up to…

Goodnight Mr Tom presented by Chipstead Players.

Goodnight Mr Tom. A packed courtyard theatre, hosting an audience consisting of the old to the young, who have made the trek out on a bitterly cold January evening, is testament to the enduring popularity of the 1981 book by Michelle Magorian. For those unfamiliar, Goodnight Mr Tom is in essence, the story of two…

PANTOMIME MAKES A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE HARLEQUIN

Aladdin. The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill. Aladdin, one of the most magical tales ever told and after a two-year enforced absence, boy were the Harlequin pantomime lovers ready to be transported to the familiar bawdy world of pantomime via Aladdin’s Arabia. There was a palpable, excited fizz as the mask-wearing audience waited with bated breath for…

Wimbledon To Richmond Park: A rural, capital walk.

There is something slightly other-worldly, sitting on a tube, rucksack on back, clad in walking gear, heading off for a day’s hiking. Pulling on my battered muddy boots would normally mean a remote countryside walk, up hill and down dale, rather than a 7-mile walk through London’s outer suburbs. But, after a summer spent walking…