It’s that time of the year again: early January means it’s time to look back on the year gone by and see what had me ~feeling~ over the past twelve months. Was it Adam Driver in Marriage Story? Was it Ocean Vuong’s debut novel? Was it Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Fleabag? Was it Sam Tutty in Dear Evan Hansen? Was it Lana Del Rey’s fourth album?! So much to choose from and so much to say: here are the best in culture from 2019.
Theatre is the most immediate artistic medium there is and, as a result, has the power to address current affairs head-on in almost real-time. So why doesn’t this always work, and what does a stage show have to do to succeed?
Another year has passed and in the worlds of all my favourite artistic mediums, it was a mighty good one. Not only has this been one of my favourite years ever as a theatregoer, but it’s also been the year that I finally fully embraced the cinema, allowed myself to indulge in the live music scene, and a year where I watched more telly than I ever have done before. So today, I present you with my annual roundup of culture for 2018.
After over two and a half years of fun, my podcast Opening Doors will end after its third season this November. The final season, which is currently airing, will take a hiatus from next Monday and will return for the final five ever episodes in October.
After essentially hibernating for the past nine months, I return on the back of the announcement of my debut play Paper Dolls to talk about what I’ve been up to, where I’m going from here, and exactly why it’s taken me nine months to finally get going on the career path I teased last Autumn.
Two years ago this month, I started working on my first podcast adventure: season one of Opening Doors. Since then, a lot has changed in regards to the work that I am putting out and the landscape is changing more and more each day. As I add a third podcast into my collection this week, I wanted to take a moment to zoom out and look at my podcasting life as a whole and ultimately work out what the point of it all is.
From organising my school’s Year 13 prom almost entirely on my own to writing and creating my own web series; from going on holiday to Brussels on my own to releasing over 20 hours of podcast content; and from being invited to film premieres by Disney to going to the Evening Standard Theatre Awards this Winter, 2017 has been another brilliant year for my life. And, very excitingly for me, I’m going to break all of that down right now!
In previous years, I’ve posted a list of my top 10 West End and London theatre shows over on my theatre blog. At this end of 2017, I am no longer running said blog, so I knew that I’d have to do my annual theatre round-up over on here. But instead of just limiting myself to theatre, I thought I’d open the review up to all five of my favourite cultural mediums this year: theatre, film, television, books and music.