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Jan Simpson


Jan is a PA, writer, editor and PhD researcher based in the North-East. For more than two years she compiled reviews with her late husband Tom. Tom adored theatre, comedy and live music and was especially adept at squeezing in as many Fringe shows as possible into three or four days. One of their first dates was to see Little Shop of Horrors in Coventry in 1990, perhaps not the most romantic night out but where it all started anyway.

Reviews: 37
Other Articles: 6

Pantsers versus Planners

Successful authors discuss approaching a new novel. Is it better to plan or fly by the seat of your…

Dirt Under The Carpet
The Lemon Tree

Dirt Under the Carpet

Poignant and funny insight by Rona Munro, set in Aberdeen and part of the city’s inaugural Granite Noir festival

Woodend Barn


Intense journey through Mercury Music Prize nominee’s world defies musical categorisation.

Beyond Price

Beyond Price

Skills and techniques of acting haven’t changed… this is the valuable passing on of knowledge.

theSpace @ Surgeon's Hall


A suffocating performance. Less enjoyable as entertainment but all the more powerful as a political statement.

Greenside @ Infirmary Street


A delicious juxtaposition of dynamic delivery and character inertia


A new mother finds how difficult it is to find peace in Iraq.


Prom: not to be confused with Glee

The Angel and the Manse

Latest Play, Pie, Pint at Lemon Tree portrays a couple whose long-term relationship has descended into obligation, drudgery and domesticity.