Review of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Duchess of Malfi, directed by Maria Aberg. The production has been noted for its unprecedented quantity of blood on stage, but what struck me were the great performances, dancing and music. A five star review. Joan Iyiola as the Duchess. Alexander Cobb as twin brother, Ferdinand.



The second set of short stories by Dart Travis, Rolling Down The Road is now available. This new set of “The 1960s Series” covers 1966-1969 in thirty humorous short stories set mainly at the University of East Yorkshire. It’s campus from the student point of view for a change. See the DART TRAVIS site for details and sample downloads.
PAPERBACK (£10.99) from amazon.
KINDLE, iBOOKS STORE or KOBO (£3.25) for eBooks

SAMPLE STORIES are also linked here:
Do Wah Diddy Diddy (January 1967)
An Oxford Man (May 1967)

Review of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, directed by Ian Rickson, with a great cast: Toby Jones, Stephen Mangan, Zoe Wanamaker. My first five star review of 2018. A great 60th anniversary production of Pinter’s first full-length play.


Eugene O’Neill’s American classic play Long Day’s Journey Into Night has garnered many four star reviews (and some five star) in the London production with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville. My review is a rare one with negative points  … read why.


Review added of  John Dryden’s The Captive Queen at The Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. A Globe / Northern Broadsides co-production.

'The Captive Queen' Play performed in the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare's Globe, London, UK

Dharmesh Patel as Morat, Silas Carson as Arimant, Neerja Naik as Indamora, Barrie Rutter as The Emperor, Naeem Hayat as Aurangzeb ©Alastair Muir 07.02.18 The Captive Queen 047

A new rant added “The End of Deference” (LINKED). It considers the communication skill of “deference” and why it has disappeared from supermarkets!

Review of Philip Meeks’ play Murder, Margaret & Me at Salisbury Playhouse, running for a month. This is an intriguing comedy thriller based on the relationship between Agatha Christie and her first screen Miss Marple, Margaret Rutherford.