The Merthyr Stigmatist – Sherman Theatre

The beauty of The Merthyr Stigmatist lies in its contemporary gospel message. “Why shouldn’t God send a miracle to Merthyr Tydfil?” is the strapline. One would be hard-pressed to come up with an answer at this play’s ending. Writer Lisa Parry carries something into her production which feels like its been formed in the fire … More The Merthyr Stigmatist – Sherman Theatre

Jess and The Bandits – My Country Christmas

If there’s one Christmas album that is determined to lift you out of your lockdown blues then it is the new release from country band Jess and the Bandits. My Country Christmas is a barnstorming record that has happiness and joy written all over it. Opening track ‘Sleigh Ride’ is emblematic of the album’s resemblance … More Jess and The Bandits – My Country Christmas

Philippa Hanna – Christmas: The Greatest Story

Philippa Hanna’s latest release remains firmly in the realm of Gospel music with a Christmas EP that comes hot on the heels of Christian worship album Stained Glass Stories. Whilst the latter may have been full of the Country singer-songwriter’s original material, Christmas – the Greatest Story is packed with covers of well-known carols both … More Philippa Hanna – Christmas: The Greatest Story

Soul in the Machine – Saltmine Theatre

Let’s hope the spirit of George Williams lives on. For the founder of Christian social organisation YMCA could be speaking directly into the current zeitgeist. More specifically, his concern for the welfare and rights of ordinary workers in 1844 sounds fairly familiar to some of the observations arising out of the coronavirus crisis in the … More Soul in the Machine – Saltmine Theatre