August 2016

A Telly, a concert and a play form my cultural top 3 for August. First I did a free 30 days on Amazon and got hooked to Transparent. For the uninitiated the premise is that the father of a grown up (but immature) family reveals to them all that he is Trans.

I watched both series and was delighted and horrified in equal measure by the self involved, narcissistic beings I found. I loved it but am baffled that it’s billed as a comedy. 

Then I went to the CBeebies Prom with mini-me. She was mesmerized. I cried – lots, and wrote a whole blog about it on About The BBC


Finally, the last day of the month brought Paradise – well the Paradise Club, the setting for Counting Stars. Director Pooja Ghai and her team have deftly transformed the main stage of Theatre Royal Stratford East into a night club, though in Atiha Sen Gupta’s play we hang out in the loos with the two Nigerian attendants. It’s a funny, but also tough look at what life is like for this pair of immigrants who may be in the gutter but are very much looking at the stars. 

The two performers are very strong and I reckon this play will sell out so do book up and go – it’s on till 17 September. 

Next month brings The Plough and The Stars at NT which I’m excited about and I’m planning to Netflix Stranger Things and see what all the fuss is about… 

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