Friday, 22 June 2018


Have now seen the whole of Imperium. By the end fairly tired of the generally sardonic tone of the production. Cicero played as a kind of affable Guardian-reading cynic, all worldly-wise and just camp enough to make it clear he's not one of the rough blighters. Loathed him by the curtain, when he made his final plummy-voiced and very quiet speech. Cicero was a much bigger person than portrayed here. Peter de Jersey is excellent as Caesar - malevolent, attractive and audible (Cicero is quite often inaudible - bit odd for the greatest orator of all time). Tiro, too (Joseph Kloska) - the narrator - kept the thing just about understandable. For those with a knowledge of the history (or even the books) some of the cutting created confusion. Finally, cheap topical laughs are I suppose one of the tics of theatre, but they take away from a story that has already been filleted of much of its gravity. Altogether rather a missed opportunity. The books, of course, are excellent.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

SBC in Manc

Some kind words on the recent Manchester gig, from the people at When the Horn Blows:

As the low capacity venue started to fill up, Sad Boys Club took to the stage, which soon proved to be way too small for the five-piece. 

The band only had a twenty-minute set, but owned the stage. The singer had a certain likeness to Robert Smith and Matt Healy, with their tracks even sounding like a mix of The Cure and The 1975. Obvious influences aside, the eccentric dance moves were far too bold for this small stage. 

Plus some nice pics: