Obituary – Harper Lee – One author; One book; a world inspired.

Harper Lee was never comfortable with the instant and lasting fame that her début novel propelled her into, she even said on radio in...

Dracula – The greatest Gothic story ever told

Dracula could be named the quintessential Gothic horror novel and no soul would hear a word of argument from me. Since the first time I...

Theatre Review – Single Spies

Single Spies by Alan Bennett Presented by Chichester Festival Theatre & Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Sam Chipman In his book Writing Home Bennett confesses that espionage interests...

Are we producing too many drama school graduates?

The U.K has some of the finest and most reputable drama schools in the world including RADA and the Central School of Speech and Drama, not...

Theatre Review – Of Mice And Men

Of Mice And Men Birmingham Repertory Theatre Written by John Steinbeck Directed by Roxanna Silbert Reviewer: Sam Chipman   Of Mice and Men played at Birmingham Rep in October 2014,...

Theatre Review – Private Lives

Private Lives Presented by Ambassador Theatre Group New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham Written by Noel Coward Directed by Tom Attenborough   Reviewer: Sam Chipman    Private Lives can be described as nothing less than...

The Importance of Music Education in Schools

The Ofsted report into music education in schools in the United Kingdom, published November 2013, reported that good music education “reaches only a minority...

The Holocaust – Depravity Committed Under the Cover of Science

A note to the reader: click on this link and begin reading as the violin begins to weep Ever since I was old enough to...

Could another Rickman or Bowie emerge in modern society?

Both Alan Rickman and David Bowie died recently, taken from us by cancer, both aged 69: but that was not the only thing they...

Casting announced for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

On Monday 21 December 2015, the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced that Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will...