"If you're not in tears by the end, it's not a good performance," my friend said when I told her I was going to see Birdsong at Nuffield Southampton Theatres this week. As I packed extra tissues into my bag before I left for the show, I hoped I would need them all.
It is a special moment, to see the infamous, tragic story of the Titanic retold and commemorated on stage in the very city where it started it's first and final fateful voyage.
What the hell is a poetry slam? What should I expect if I go to one? How does it work? Why should I go to one? Am I good enough to perform? I share my first poetry slam experience with Hammer & Tongue, and answer some of your questions about what a poetry slam really involves.
It's one year since I started sharing my Monthly Muses, so I'm celebrating with a bumper post, full of my loves and inspiration from the month of March.
We are thrown into the hot and heady streets of present-day New Orleans; you can practically smell the hot roads, sweat, and testosterone as you are swept through the summer months by a fiercely talented cast as the story unfolds, like clothes peeled from skin, exposing vulnerability and naked flesh.
What should you expect from your first opera experience? Sex, comedy and opulence, apparently! I review Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Mayflower Theatre, and dispel some myths about this classic style of theatre.
Heading back to my childhood home never fails to make me feel better; so I wrote a poem about it.