Music Review – “Vamp” (Jake Perrine, 2001)

I was introduced to this Gothic rock-opera by a friend several years ago, rediscovered it recently, and was amazed how much influence from it had seeped into my own work: in particular, its villain-protagonist Alexandra has more than a little in common with the antagonist of "Wolves of Dacia." That being so, and since I... Continue Reading →

Convalescent Critic #3: “The Phantom of the Opera” (Ysgol Gyfun Bryntirion production)

(Flyer from school website) The sad aspect of this review is that even if it convinces you, there is no way you will be able to see this production, as we caught its last night (unless someone else caught it on their phone and puts it on YouTube, of course). However, I felt it deserved... Continue Reading →

Masquerade

Curious how old obsessions can suddenly resurface... I was recently scouring my thoroughly disorganised CD collection to find something I had not listened to in a while to help me through my shift. Work, alas, continues to be demoralising, that warehouse environment being typically loud, laddish, sweary, and mansplainy, so I tend to rely on... Continue Reading →

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