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 – 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 ★★★★ (April)
  31. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen ★★★★ (April)
  32. Transcription – Kate Atkinson ★★★½ (April)
  33. The Crimson Petal and the White – Michel Faber ★★★★ (April)
  34. The Improbability of Love – Hannah Rothschild ★★½ (April)
  35. Dance Nation – Clare Barron (April)
  36. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood ★★★★ (May)
  37. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott ★★★★ (May)
  38. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari ★★★½ (May)
  39. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Stuart Turton ★★★½ (May)
  40. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë ★★★½ (May)
  41. Everything Under – Daisy Johnson ★★★ (May)
  42. I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith ★★★★ (May)
  43. Trumpet – Jackie Kay ★★★★ (May)
  44. The Hours – Michael Cunningham ★★★½ (June)
  45. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston ★★★ (June)
  46. The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo ★★★½ (June)
  47. Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames – Lara Maiklem ★★★ (June)
  48. Princess and the Hustler – Chinonyerem Odimba (PlayGroup #9) (June)
  49. Faustus: That Damned Woman – Chris Bush (PlayGroup #10) (June)
  50. The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton ★★★½ (June)
  51. Sunrise – Jessie Cave (PlayGroup #11) (June)
  52. Second Person Narrative – Jemma Kennedy (PlayGroup #12) (July)
  53. Jamaica Inn – Daphne du Maurier ★★★ (July)
  54. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi ★★★★ (July)
  55. The Sellout – Paul Beatty ★★★½ (July)
  56. A Recipe for Sorcery – Vanessa Kisuule ★★★★ (July)
  57. Since U Been Gone – Teddy Lamb (July)
  58. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood ★★★½ (July)
  59. Three Women – Lisa Taddeo ★★ (July)
  60. Three Sisters After Chekhov – RashDash (July)
  61. The Testament of Mary – Colm Tóibín ★★½ (August)
  62. Don’t Touch My Hair – Emma Dabiri ★★★★ (August)
  63. ear for eye – debbie tucker green (August)
  64. White Teeth – Zadie Smith ★★★★ (August)
  65. Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell ★★★½ (August)
  66. Chinglish – Sue Cheung ★★★ (August)
  67. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley ★★★½ (August)
  68. A Thousand Ships – Natalie Haynes ★★★ (August)
  69. Braised Pork – An Yu ★★★ (September)
  70. Hold Your Own – Kae Tempest ★★★★ (September)
  71. The World’s Wife – Carol Ann Duffy ★★★½ (September)
  72. seven methods of killing kylie jenner – Jasmine Lee-Jones (September)
  73. The Tidal Zone – Sarah Moss ★★★★ (September)
  74. Orlando – Virginia Woolf ★★★ (September)
  75. Coraline – Neil Gaiman ★★★½ (September)
  76. The Glass Hotel – Emily St. John Mandel ★★★½ (September)
    • Lady in Waiting – Anne Glenconner
    • The Bass Rock – Evie Wyld
    • 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)
  • Live Screenings:

    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. The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet’s 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 (April)
    13. Curtains: A Musical Comedy (2019) via curtainsmusical.com (April)
    14. Gigglemug Theatre’s Timpson: The Musical – Live from Stockwell Playhouse (2019) (April)
    15. English National Ballet’s Broken Wings – Live from Sadler’s Wells (2016) via ENB (April)
    16. Wasted – Southwark Playhouse (2018) via Southwark Stayhouse (May)
    17. Frankenstein (Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature) – Live from the Olivier at the National Theatre (2011) via NTLive (May)
    18. Hamburg Ballet’s Illusions – like Swan Lake – Live from the Hamburg State Opera (2001) via hamburgballett.de (May)
    19. The Royal Ballet’s The Winter’s Tale – Live from the Royal Opera House (2015) via #OurHouseToYourHouse (May)
    20. The Royal Ballet’s The Metamorphosis – Live from the Royal Opera House (2013) via #OurHouseToYourHouse (May)
    21. Fun Home – Live from the Victory Gardens Theatre (2017) via Victory Gardens (May)
    22. Sea Wall Film – via #FreeSeaWall (May)
    23. Tanika Gupta’s A Doll’s House – Live from the Lyric Hammersmith (2019) via Lyric Hammersmith (May)
    24. Barber Shop Chronicles – Live from the Dorfman at the National Theatre (2018) via NTLive (May)
    25. English National Ballet’s Nora – Live from Sadler’s Wells (2019) via ENB (May)
    26. A Streetcar Named Desire – Live from the Young Vic Theatre (2014) via NTLive (May)
    27. Gecko Theatre’s The Wedding – Live from Nottingham Playhouse (2018) via Gecko Theatre (May)
    28. Messiah – Live from Bristol Old Vic (2017) via #BristolOldVicAtHome (June)
    29. The Royal Ballet’s The Cellist – Live from the Royal Opera House (2020) via #OurHouseToYourHouse (June)
    30. The Madness of George III – Live from Nottingham Playhouse (2018) via NTLive (June)
    31. The Mountaintop – A Reading (2020) via Manchester Royal Exchange (June)
    32. Still House’s Of Riders and Running Horses – Live from Mayfest (2015) via MAYK (June)
    33. The Hired Man – Live from the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch (2019) via QTH (June)
    34. Small Island – Live from the Olivier at the National Theatre (2019) via NTLive (June)
    35. English National Ballet’s Manon – Live from the Manchester Opera House (2018) via ENB (June)
    36. Falsettos – Live from the Walter Kerr Theatre (2017) via BroadwayHD (June)
    37. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Live from the Bridge Theatre (2019) via NTLive (June)
    38. English National Ballet’s La Sylphide – Live from the Manchester Palace Theatre (2017) via ENB (July)
    39. The Grinning Man – Live from Bristol Old Vic (2016) via #BristolOldVicAtHome (July)
    40. Les Blancs – Live from the Olivier at the National Theatre (2016) via NTLive (July)
    41. English National Ballet’s Cinderella – Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2019) via ENB (July)
    42. The Deep Blue Sea – Live from the Lyttelton at the National Theatre (2016) via NTLive (July)
    43. Amadeus – Live from the Olivier at the National Theatre (2017) via NTLive (July)
    44. Funny Girl – Live from the Palace Theatre Manchester (2017) via Digital Theatre (July)
    45. The Royal Ballet’s Sylvia – Live from the Royal Opera House (2005) via Digital Theatre (July)
    46. The Crucible – Live from the Old Vic Theatre (2014) via Digital Theatre (July)
    47. The Merry Wives of Windsor – Live from the Royal Shakespeare Company (2018) via Digital Theatre (July)
    48. The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty – Live from the Royal Opera House (2020) via #OurHouseToYourHouse (August)
    49. ZooNation’s The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – Live from the Roundhouse (2017) via #OurHouseToYourHouse (August)
    50. Jekyll & Hyde – Live from the Old Vic Theatre (2016) via Your Old Vic (August)
    51. Carousel – Live from the Lincoln Center (2013) via LIVE from Lincoln Center (August)
    52. Albion – Live from the Almeida Theatre (2020) via BBC4 (August)
    53. Faith Healer – Live from the Old Vic (2020) via Old Vic: In Camera (September)

Films

  1. Little Women ★★★★½ (January)
  2. CATS ☆ (January)
  3. Bombshell ★★★ (January)
  4. The Personal History of David Copperfield ★★★★ (January)
  5. Emma ★★★★ (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)
    • Lady J (2018)
    • Julie & Julia (2009)
    • Spirited Away (2001)
    • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
    • Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
    • Anna Karenina (2012)
    • Phantom Thread (2017)

TV

  1. This Country (1-3)
  2. Tiger King
  3. Sex Education (1&2)
  4. Alias Grace
  5. Arrested Development (1-3)
  6. The Assassination of Gianni Versace
  7. Quiz
  8. Normal People
  9. Lovesick (1-3)
  10. Pure
  11. Community (1&2)
  12. Chewing Gum (1&2)
  13. I May Destroy You
  14. Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
  15. Crashing
  16. What We Do In The Shadows (1&2)
  17. A House Through Time (3)
  18. The Luminaries 

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, Shirley, AmmonitePromising 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