January 2016

January has been a bit bleak really hasn’t it? A lot of deaths …
It was important to have things to take the mind off bleak thoughts. So my first choice of three cultural highlights was probably a poor one – I decided to catch up with BBC one series Luther.

Don’t get me wrong I thought it was great but lord it’s dark and nail biting don’t watch it when you are alone in the house stuff. And that Idris Elba…
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Another telly drama has kept me on the edge of my seat this month is
Deutschland 83. Channel 4’s German acquisition set in 1983 where a young man from East Berlin is co-opted into being a spy in West Berlin. It’s got great performances, fantastic historical detail and a cracking soundtrack.
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And finally something outside the house – a gig or concert or I’m not sure what to call it. In a tiny basement of a jazz bar in Dalston I saw Lambert a mysterious musician who plays the piano dreamily while wearing a sort of antelope mask. I first encountered him supporting Olaf Arnaulds at the Roundhouse and was captivated by his catchy tunes and deceptively simple arrangements. And the mask. This was a much more intimate show and even better for it. He is a super performer and his music sublime – here’s a tidbit that brought tears to my eyes listening to it live.
Until next month a warning – I’m in pre production for my new play Scenes so you may find the odd blog here that goes off topic.
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