The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre, London was charming and witty. The handful of talented actors, comically switched into different characters at pace, keeping the audience at the edge of their seats with laughter and awe of what would follow.
“Once upon a fiscal quarter, a thrusting young executive in distinctive red livery made her purposeful way through the forest.” This is how Jim Davies, one of 26’s founding members, re-imagines the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Our heroine hacks her way through terrifying thickets of business jargon in this witty 21st century take on the Grimm Bros fairy tale. Plus, enchanting illustrations by Andy Goodman. Get your copy here.
Girl in the Dark is an astonishing novel by Anna Lyndsey. It’s the true story of a civil servant who develops a severe allergy to light. Written under a pen name and in the dark, this memoir is funny, concisely written and not self-pitying – a joy to read.
One thing Anna has learnt: “There is suffering…’Why me?’ is the question of an idiot. The sensible person says simply, ‘Why not?'”
Recommend…”Everyman” at the National Theatre. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and worth seeing for his performance. A large, extraordinary cast, visually stunning, you won’t have seen a medieval morality play like this before. All praise for that to Carol Ann Duffy who has created the modern version.”
A House Called Askival by debut novelist Merryn Glover is a lushly depicted tale of homecoming to the mountainous Mussoorie district of post-Partition India, as the long departed Ruth returns to tend to her dying ex-Missionary father. A vivid atmosphere that lingers in the mind.