The Railway Children

Just home from seeing The Railway Children. It was charming. Delightful. Funny.

And a great setting: the old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo.

They even had a steam engine.

Go and see it if you can.

It won’t disappoint, no matter what age you are.

Hair 2010

I had a fairly unsophisticated upbringing. Life revolved around school, pets, the Brownies and my close-knit and extended families in my home town and in Ireland, where holidays, when we had them, would be spent in the middle of the countryside.

There were school trips to museums in London, usually the Horniman. There were pantos in the village hall, and once, memorably, my mother took me to see The Nutcracker at the Royal Festival Hall. I loved it. Later I found out she’d been bored silly.

In my early teens, my older sister fell in love with Shakespeare and learned how to book tickets for shows at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre. As a birthday treat she took me to see Ian McKellen playing Hamlet at the Cambridge Theatre when he was the rising star of the RSC. Continue reading