I missed posting last Monday as I was away. I hope you forgive me! The family and I were off in London catching shows. First Aladdin which was typical Disney – big budget, bright colours, larger than life – and then Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

I think it’s fair to say that the Clarks are big Potter fans. We started with the books (of course) becoming more and more addicted until by the time the final two were published we were having to order two copies so that my husband and I could read them at the same time.

Next, the fabulous Stephen Fry became as good as a member of the family with his wonderful readings of all seven books and then finally the films, by which point all four of our children were addicted too.

So when the stage show was launched we had to have tickets. We weren’t disappointed. Basically I am sworn to secrecy but . . . what a show! (Or two shows as we saw both parts back to back.) The story doesn’t disappoint but the best thing by far is the stagecraft. It is like watching a magic show. Things happen that you know are against the laws of gravity and yet you can’t work out how they are done. Using clever lighting, some pyrotechnics and wonderful and creative movement the cast make the magic happen before your very eyes.

If you get a chance to see it then go.  Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan then you should still watch if only to see the future of stage shows. It sets a whole new benchmark.

Just because I haven’t posted here though doesn’t mean that I haven’t been reading for you and there’s a new review HERE. Also, don’t forget that our Summer Book Group read is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine so if you’d like to read along and join in the discussion then grab yourself a copy. I’ve finished it and I thought it was great.

Happy reading.