Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning film LA STRADA live on stage 

A theatre show for the adults this time… and I’d love to know what film you’d like to see at the theatre?  One of the true masterpieces of modern cinema, Federico Fellini’s 1957 Oscar-winning film, La Strada (The Road), will be brought to life on stage in a brand new adaptation directed by Olivier Award … More Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning film LA STRADA live on stage 

My “Gay Dad” says: Actions speak louder than words with Alan Turing Pardons

People often ask me: “When did your Dad tell you he was Gay?” He didn’t. And that’s not because he “hid” his sexuality from my sister and I, we were just brought up in two homes by two different loving couples.   I never questioned it, it was our norm. Until I got to school and … More My “Gay Dad” says: Actions speak louder than words with Alan Turing Pardons

Theatre Review: Romeo and Juliet is a lesson for us all

You might not associate Shakespeare with the present day but your mind is about to be changed with the latest production of Romeo and Juliet. I’ll admit that it’s the first time I’ve understood every exchange in the tragedy even after studying A-Level drama. And that’s one of the best things about West Yorkshire Playhouse’s … More Theatre Review: Romeo and Juliet is a lesson for us all

Blowing out the candles on birthday party politics: The rules

Invites: If you want to invite one person  to a birthday party from a group/club/class/clique, you must invite the entire group/club/class, no exceptions, so nobody is left out. Birthday Cake: It should be bigger than the cake at the last party you went to. The birthday girl/boy’s parents must spend at least 48 hours hand … More Blowing out the candles on birthday party politics: The rules

Singing Frozen Let it Go: Why it could be dangerous for your kid

“Let it gooo, Let it gooo, the cold never bothered me anyway…” *cue dancing and drums* It is our favourite (or at least most sung) song in this house. Even my two-year-old knows the words and the tune. Watch Frozen Live on stage here:   But Should little kids sing Let It Go ? To … More Singing Frozen Let it Go: Why it could be dangerous for your kid

So I’m “boring” now I don’t drink alcohol 

You know when someone’s out for a fight.  They’re hunched over with their muscles tensed, looking up beyond their furrowed brow, ready to pounce at fellow drunkards, if someone so much glances at them in what they perceive the “wrong” way.  And that’s just one of the reasons I don’t like alcohol. I hate how … More So I’m “boring” now I don’t drink alcohol 

ITV Good Morning Britain: Behind the scenes and on screen 

Kids up North are less likely to get as good GCSE results as their Southern counterparts according to research from the Children’s Commissioner.  Do you think there’s a North / South divide in terms of education?  I was chuffed to be invited on to ITV’s Good Morning Britain to talk about just that. An absolutely … More ITV Good Morning Britain: Behind the scenes and on screen