2019

Texts

  1. Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different – Ben Brooks ★★★½ (January)
  2. New World Fairy Tales – Cassandra Parkin ★★★★ (January)
  3. How I Lose You – Kate McNaughton ★★★ (January)
  4. Tangleweed and Brine – Dierdre Sullivan ★★★★ (January)
  5. Meet Me at the Museum – Anne Youngson ★★★★ (January)
  6. In Our Mad and Furious City – Guy Gunaratne ★★★½ (January)
  7. The Tall Man – Phoebe Locke ★★★ (January)
  8. New Boy – Tracy Chevalier ★★★½ (January)
  9. The Cost of Living – Deborah Levy ★★★ (January)
  10. The Blue Salt Road – Joanne M. Harris ★★★ (January)
  11. The Binding – Bridget Collins ★★★ (February)
  12. Lullaby – Leïla Slimani ★★★½ (February)
  13. Little – Edward Carey ★★★★ (February)
  14. The Familiars – Stacey Halls ★★★ (February)
  15. Hag-Seed – Margaret Atwood ★★★½ (March)
  16. Mr Salary – Sally Rooney ★★★ (March)
  17. I Am, I Am, I Am – Maggie O’Farrell ★★★★ (March)
  18. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas ★★★★ (March)
  19. Lanny – Max Porter ★★★★ (March)
  20. Mothering Sunday – Graham Swift ★★★ (March)
  21. Home, I’m Darling – Laura Wade (April)
  22. Nine Night – Natasha Gordon (April)
  23. From A Low and Quiet Sea – Donal Ryan ★★★ (April)
  24. Birdcage Walk – Helen Dunmore ★★★½ (April)
  25. Girl, Balancing – Helen Dunmore (esp. ‘Taken in Shadows’) ★★★½ (April)
  26. The Way Past Winter – Kiran Millwood Hargrave ★★★ (April)
  27. Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams ★★★ (April)
  28. You Think It, I’ll Say It – Curtis Sittenfeld ★★★ (April)
  29. Jane Eyre – Devised after Charlotte Brontë (May)
  30. The Water Cure – Sophie Mackintosh ★★★½ (May)
  31. Normal People – Sally Rooney ★★★★ (May)
  32. Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield ★★★½ (May)
  33. The Muse – Jessie Burton ★★★ (May)
  34. dressed. – Devised by ThisEgg (May)
  35. Sea Prayer – Khaled Hosseini ★★★ (May)
  36. Margaret the First – Danielle Dutton ★★★ (May)
  37. The Girls – Emma Cline
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy (I.XI)

Films

  1. The Favourite ★★★★½ (January)
  2. Mary Queen of Scots ★★★ (January)
  3. Benjamin ★★★★ (March)
  4. Us ★★★½ (March)
  5. Eighth Grade ★★★½ (May)

Theatre

  1. English National Ballet’s Manon – London Coliseum ★★★★ (January)
  2. Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Sadler’s Wells ★★★★½ (January)
  3. Gagglebabble’s Jessie’s Tattoo Club – Bristol Old Vic Ferment ★★★½ (January)
  4. FullRogue’s Wild Swimming – Bristol Old Vic Ferment ★★★★ (January)
  5. Wardrobe Ensemble’s The Pelican Daughters – Bristol Old Vic Ferment ★★★½ (January)
  6. Aspects of Love – Southwark Playhouse ★★★½ (February)
  7. Come From Away – Phoenix Theatre ★★★★½ (February)
  8. Wise Children’s Wise Children – Bristol Old Vic ★★★½ (February)
  9. Insane Root’s Concert in the Caves – Redcliffe Caves ★★★½ (February)
  10. Blue Door – Ustinov Studio Theatre Royal Bath ★★★½ (February)
  11. Princess and the Hustler – Weston Studio Bristol Old Vic ★★★½ (February)
  12. Ian McKellen on Stage – Bristol Old Vic ★★★★ (February)
  13. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Tobacco Factory Theatre ★★★½ (February)
  14. Kinky Boots UK Tour – Bristol Hippodrome ★★★½ (February)
  15. Richard III – Bristol Old Vic ★★★ (March)
  16. Noughts and Crosses – Bristol Old Vic ★★★ (March)
  17. Emilia – Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★ (March)
  18. Waitress – Adelphi Theatre ★★★½ (March)
  19. Gecko’s Institute – Bristol Old Vic ★★★½ (March)
  20. Show of Strength’s Blood and Butchery in Bedminster (April)
  21. Les Misérables – Queen’s Theatre ★★★★½ (April)
  22. RoughHouse Theatre’s The Long Walk Back – Wardrobe Theatre ★★★ (April)
  23. English Touring Theatre’s Equus – Bristol Old Vic ★★★★ (April)
  24. Home, I’m Darling UK Tour – Theatre Royal Bath ★★★★ (April)
  25. Ballet Black’s Triple Bill – Bristol Old Vic ★★★½ (April)
  26. All About Eve – NTLive from Noël Coward Theatre ★★★ (April)
  27. Wardrobe Ensemble’s 1972: The Future of Sex – Weston Studio Bristol Old Vic ★★★★ (April)
  28. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast –  Bristol Hippodrome ★★★★ (May)
  29. Barber Shop Chronicles UK Tour – Bristol Old Vic ★★★★ (May)
  30. Our Country’s Good – Tobacco Factory Theatre ★★★ (May)
  31. Matilda the Musical UK Tour – Bristol Hippodrome ★★★★ (May)
  32. ThisEgg’s dressed. – Tobacco Factory Theatre ★★★★ (May)
  33. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Southwark Playhouse (May)
  34. Sweet Charity – Donmar Warehouse (May)
  35. All My Sons – NTLive from the Old Vic (May)
  36. Milky Peaks – Tobacco Factory Theatre (May)

TV

  1. Fleabag (1 & 2)
  2. Back to Life 
  3. Derry Girls (1 & 2)

Visits

  1. London – Coliseum & Sadler’s Wells (January 2019)
  2. London – Southwark Playhouse & Phoenix Theatre (February 2019)
  3. Prague (March 2019)
  4. London – Vaudeville Theatre & Adelphi Theatre (March 2019)
  5. London – Queen’s Theatre (April 2019)
  6. London – Southwark Playhouse & Donmar Warehouse (May 2019)