Author Archives: Katy

Us and Them

For the past few weeks, in preparation for next weekend’s extravaganza of English Song in beautiful Ludlow, I’ve been reading about, and listening to, a great deal of British music… and trying to determine what, exactly, makes it British. From Peter Ackroyd’s Albion to Raymond Williams’s sensational The Country and

Open house

Yesterday evening, at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, I saw something which, I can’t help feeling, everyone should go and see. It was a production of Tommy, The Who’s concept album turned fully-fledged musical, given by Ramps on the Moon (directed by Kerry Michael, with choreography by Mark Smith),

Opera boxes?

Yesterday afternoon, as I was idly flicking through Twitter, I discovered some photos of Welsh National Opera’s latest print marketing campaign. The blurb draws parallels between well-known musicals, such as Miss Saigon and Rent, and their operatic parallels (both Madam Butterfly and La Bohème feature in WNO’s upcoming season). Some

Screen savers

At the end of February, The Independent published an article, the sentiment of which I’ve heard repeated in numerous forms and across various platforms over the last few years. The article is called ‘Let’s ban PowerPoint in lectures – it makes students more stupid and professors more boring’. Briefly put,

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