No Such Thing As A Fish: Live in Reading

Posted on by 5WC in Opinion, Stage

Growing up I enjoyed a good laugh; I would forego the wildlife documentary on BBC1 in favour of Live At The Apollo on BBC2. I’d shelter from the Glastonbury summer rain in the comedy tent before the beer tent and with my friends I’d charge around the Thames Valley in pursuit hearing Bill Bailey tickle the comedic ivories again and again. So, it’s no surprise that I watched QI; a comedy panel show that hides educational facts under the veil of comedic laughs. A bit like your Mum hiding broccoli under a pile of cheesy mash. Or something like that. Read more

Film Review: Tiptoes

Posted on by 5WC in Film

It’s fair to say that from time to time we all go through phases, we all go through those periods where we become almost obsessed, locked if you will, to a specific actor or genre. We only watch romantic comedies or animated classics or franchise films. Often we don’t like to admit to our random addictions, I grew up on Adman Sandler’s back catalogue and went through a phase where I couldn’t get enough to Kate Beckinsale. Serendipity, Brokedown Palace, Tiptoes and even Pearl Harbor.

It’s been a while since I last watched Tiptoes. It’s one of those films that for want of a better description is shy. It sits, happily, in my DVD collection always keeping its head down, it’s arm lowered, never really wanting to make eye contact when I’m searching for something to watch. I can’t explain why, but it somehow feels to me like the child in class, desperate for the teacher not to call out their name. And I don’t understand why? Because while it’s not the type of movie that will shake the core of the ground upon which I stand, it’s a pleasant movie that deserves a bit more courage. Read more