Edinburgh try-outs

Various chums are bravely heading off to do their Thing in Edinburgh this summer. Next week – 26 July – Fay Roberts is trying out her material at the Hackney Attic in London E8.  Check it out online. More about that when I’ve been.

Last night was the Milton Keynes try-out gig of McNeil and Pamphilon. A goodly number of the usual suspects crammed into Madcap to see their new show. I was blown away. I thought it was clever, brave and taut. And, of course, it was delivered with their customary high energy. I particularly liked the theme/no theme thing with the collanders and string (is that giving too much away?) I wish you all the success in the world with it, guys.

Sharing the evening with McNeil and Pamphilon was Thomas Nelstrop aka The Man With No Name. He has put together, for Edinbugh use, a most intriguing hour of music, impressions and humour set in and at the expense of a Festival in a Field, during which he addresses every aspect of the summer music scene from how to cure a fear of heights with Acid to what Bob Dylan’s songs sounded like before he could write words. A high point for me was the appearance of the drum-playing gorilla from the Cadbury’s advert. In the bar at half-time I asked several people who was the guy we’d just been watching. Nobody knew. Catching sight of him semi-disguised as a black curtain just before the second half I taxed him with the lack of an intro or outro revealing who he is. ‘I play so many different people,’ he said, ‘that who I am isn’t important.’ Yes, Thomas,  it is. So, ladies and gentlemen, that was Thomas Nelstrop. Remember the name!

Writing your own stuff and performing it in front of hard-eyed people with their knees and arms crossed requires the hide of a rhino and the determination of Incy Wincy Spider. It needs heart and soul, self-belief and loadsa money.  Respect, guys.


Published by Judi Moore

Hi there, I hope you find something to interest you here. In December 2017 I published my fourth book – ‘Wonders will never cease’. It’s a satirical campus novel set in the fictional Ariel University in 1985. If you enjoyed Tom Sharpe’s Porterhouse novels, Willy Russell’s ‘Educating Rita’, David Lodge’s campus novels or Malcolm Bradbury’s ‘The History Man’ back in the day, you may enjoy revisiting the ivory towers of 1980s’ academe thirty years on. See what you think. “It is December, 1985. The year is winding gently towards its close until Fergus Girvan, a Classicist at Ariel University, finds his research has been stolen by the man who is also seeking to steal his daughter. But which man is, actually, the more unscrupulous of the two? And is there hope for either of them?” In the autumn of 2015 I published a volume of short fiction: 'Ice Cold Passion and other stories'. I am also the author of novella 'Little Mouse', a shortish piece of historical fiction which I published in 2014 and, a sequel to it, 'Is death really necessary?', my eco thriller set in the near future and which, confusingly, I published in 2009. All the books are available from all good online bookshops and FeedARead on paper, and as e-books on Kindle. On a semi-regular basis, and about a month after the event, I post here reviews which I do for Big Al & Pals, the premier reviewer of indie books, based in the States. My interests tend to thrillers, SF, magic realism and other quirky stuff. On this blog are also posted the reviews I did for Leighton Buzzard Music Club over some five years up to the end of 2015. LBMC present annual seasons of eight monthly chamber music concerts at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard, Bucks. They select young musicians just beginning to make their name - and the concerts are usually magnificent. I was very proud to be associated with them. I review other music, books, theatre and exhibitions which I've particularly enjoyed. BTW - it says the link to Facebook is broken. I dispute that. Click it and see, why not?

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