A Festival of Ideas

What a great title that is for a festival. In previous years I was only familiar with the Adam Smith Global Foundation lecture and based around world economics always seemed such a fairly learned and formal occasion. Last year the speaker was Ed Balls and whereas he was the former shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and a Harvard grad he reached new credibility by his appearances on Strictly. The 2018 speaker was Sandi Toksvig and while her political and public leanings have involved equality and feminist issues her humour is of the highest standard. A long standing panellist on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue going back to the Humphrey Lytteton days along with over ten years hosting News Quiz

The Play That Goes Wrong - nightly

It’s been called ‘an unexpected hit’ and won the Olivier Award in 2015 and even took Broadway by storm so what is The Play That Goes Wrong all about? We even had a sketch on the Royal Variety Show to tease us into the whole concept of this original new comedy. It is a comedy and a spoof of all those amateur shows we constantly see from the many groups still operating around the country. I expect many members of these groups and societies would love this and have similar stories to tell. The on stage announcement that the cast equalled the number of members in the Comely Polytechnic Drama Society will resonate with our own beloved local equivalents and all too true. The irony here is that

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