2020

Texts

  1. The Butcher’s Hook – Janet Ellis ★★★ (January)
  2. The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman ★★★½ (January)
  3. The Vanishing Hours – Barney Norris ★★ (January)
  4. Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton ★★ (January)
  5. Bunny – Mona Awad ★★½ (January)
  6. The Dutch House – Ann Patchett ★★★★ (January)
  7. Through the Woods – Emily Carroll ★★★ (January)
  8. Time For Lights Out – Raymond Briggs ★★★ (January)
  9. The Confession – Jessie Burton ★★½ (January)
  10. When the Wind Blows – Raymond Briggs ★★★ (January)
  11. A Different Pond – Bao Phi & Thi Bui (February)
  12. My Year of Rest and Relaxation – Ottessa Moshfegh ★★ (February)
  13. Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid ★★½ (February)
  14. The Glass Woman – Caroline Lea ★★½ (February)
  15. Blankets – Craig Thompson ★★★½ (February)
  16. I Feel Bad About My Neck – Nora Ephron ★★★½ (February)
  17. The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman ★★★ (February)
  18. Twenty Theatres To See Before You Die – Amber Massie-Blomfield ★★★ (February)
  19. The Foundling – Stacey Halls ★★★ (February)
  20. Glass Town – Isabel Greenberg ★★★ (February)
  21. My Mother Was An Upright Piano – Tania Hershman ★★ (February)
  22. Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson ★★★½ (March)
  23. Becoming Unbecoming – Una ★★★ (March)
  24. The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★ (March)
  25. The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead ★★★½ (March)
  26. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematorium – Caitlin Doughty ★★★½ (March)
  27. The Secret History – Donna Tartt ★★★½ (March)
  28. Mary Poppins – P. L. Travers (April)
  29. The Penelopiad – Margaret Atwood ★★★★ (April)
  30. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer – Patrick Süskind
    • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

Theatre

  1. The Book of Mormon UK Tour – Bristol Hippodrome★★★★ x2 (January & February)
  2. Romantics Anonymous – Bristol Old Vic ★★★½ (January)
  3. Ferment Fortnight – Bristol Old Vic Weston Studio
    • Florence Espeut-Nickless’s D.E.S.T.I.N.Y (January)
    • Sharp Teeth & Marie Hamilton’s Polly (The Heartbreak Opera) (January)
    • Emergency Chorus’s Something in Your Voice (February)
    • Devil’s Violin’s The Beast in Me (February)
  4. Wardrobe Ensemble’s RIOT – Bristol Old Vic ★★★½ (February)
  5. Breach Theatre’s It’s True, It’s True, It’s True – TV Adaptation (February)
  6. Beautiful: the Carole King Musical UK Tour – Bristol Hippodrome ★★★ (February)
  7. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Tobacco Factory Theatres ★★★★ (March)
  8. Headlong’s Faustus: That Damned Woman – Bristol Old Vic ★★ (March)
    1. The Wind and the Willows – Live from the London Palladium via willowsmusical.com ★★★ (March)
    2. Royal Ballet’s Mayerling – Live from the Royal Opera House (March)
    3. Royal Ballet’s The Two Pigeons – Live from the Royal Opera House via Marquee TV (March)
    4. Wattle & Daub’s Tarrare the Freak (March)
    5. Oklahoma! – National Theatre (1999) via BroadwayHD (March)
    6. Into the Woods – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (2010) via Digital Theatre (March)
    7. Northern Ballet’s Casanova – Live from the Palace Theatre Manchester via Digital Theatre (April)
    8. One Man, Two Guvnors – Live from the Lyttelton at the National Theatre (2011) via NTLive (April)
    9. Handel’s Acis and Galatea – Live from the Royal Opera House (2009) via #OurHouseToYourHouse (April)
    10. Opera North’s The Turn of the Screw – Leeds Grand Theatre (2020) via OperaVision (April)
    11. Jane Eyre – Live from the Lyttelton at the National Theatre (2015) via NTLive (April)
    12. Flowers for Mrs Harris – Chichester Festival Theatre (2018) via CFT
    13. Funny Girl – Live from the Palace Theatre Manchester via Digital Theatre

Films

  1. Little Women ★★★★½ (January)
  2. CATS ☆ (January)
  3. Bombshell ★★★ (January)
  4. The Personal History of David Copperfield ★★★★ (January)
  5. Emma ★★★½ (February)
  6. Jojo Rabbit ★★★½ (February)
  7. Parasite ★★★½ (March)
  8. Portrait of a Lady on Fire ★★★½ (March)
    • Lady Bird (2017)
    • I, Tonya (2017)

TV

  1. This Country (1-3)
  2. Tiger King
  3. Sex Education (1&2)
  4. Alias Grace
  5. Arrested Development

Arts Resolutions

  1. See something live at the Royal Opera House
  2. Finish War and Peace 
  3. Finish His Dark Materials
  4. See 12 films at the cinema
    • Little WomenJojo RabbitThe Personal History of David CopperfieldEmmaThe Lighthouse, ParasitePortrait of a Lady on Fire, Promising Young Woman, In the HeightsThe French Dispatch
  5. Turn in everything still outstanding ✓
  6. Read Wolf Hall
  7. Finish all Hogarth Shakespeares
    • Shylock Is My NameVinegar GirlDunbarMacbeth
  8. See some West End/Off West End Shows
    • Sunday in the Park with GeorgeHello, Dolly!
    • The Last Five YearsOperation Mincemeat
    • Akram Khan’s Creature