Pantomime – Review of Sleeping Beauty at the Watford Palace Theatre

For its pantomime this year, Watford Palace theatre has gone all glam rock. Fairy Fender (Thomas Fabian Parrish) is a guitar-playing, catsuit-wearing rock-god, who shows us a ‘good time’ by taking us on a time-travelling voyage with stops in 1957 (to buy a new guitar), 1439, 1457 and then into the future as he battles … Continue reading Pantomime – Review of Sleeping Beauty at the Watford Palace Theatre

Pantomime – Review of Dick Whittington at the Hackney Empire

For my money, the pantomime at the Hackney Empire is the best in London. I’m not alone in that opinion. Ask any regular panto-goer and they will tell you the same. The Hackney Empire panto, written and directed by Susie McKenna since 1998, has ruled the London pantomime scene for almost two decades. While other … Continue reading Pantomime – Review of Dick Whittington at the Hackney Empire

Indecent Assaults in the Cinema

Content warning: This blogpost contains detailed discussions of indecent assaults in cinemas against both women and children across the twentieth century, which some readers may find distressing. A few months ago I blogged about ‘assaults in the cinema’ based on reports in Kinematograph Weekly and local newspaper reports I’d found on the British Newspapers Online … Continue reading Indecent Assaults in the Cinema

Kitty Mahone at the British Silent Film Festival 2019

    Kitty Mahone There were lots of brilliant films to be seen at the British Silent Film Festival last week of course. But my favourite one was Lil Hawthorne singing Kitty Mahone, filmed on the roof of the London Hippodrome in 1901. Bryony Dixon showed it as part of her ‘ABC in Sound’ presentation … Continue reading Kitty Mahone at the British Silent Film Festival 2019

Kitty the Telephone Girl (and other working women in early cinema

Here's the text of a talk I gave at the fabulous Bo'ness Hippodrome Silent Film Festival ('Hipfest') which happens every year. It's a great few days of celebrating silent films in Scotland and across the world. Highly recommeded! Here's their website  I was asked to select and introduce some clips from films held in the … Continue reading Kitty the Telephone Girl (and other working women in early cinema