Nobody Songs

Songs for Nobodies
Court Theatre

By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Ross Gumbley
Musical Direction by Richard Marrett
Featuring Ali Harper

Share in five life-changing encounters between legendary divas and the everyday women whose lives they touched, interspersed with the songs that made Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday and Maria Callas icons of our age.

Structurally, this “play’ has problems. It’s just five disconnected episodes of encounters with great singers. The characters being portrayed are not the singers, but associates, acquaintances and passers-by. Then the actress breaks into song of the singer, not being played but encountered. When you break it down, this doesn’t make any sense.

What does make sense is a vehicle for a very talented actresses and singer. And Ali Harper certainly fills the role. She has been performing in Christchurch for decades and can handle the wide range of accents and styles. From Country and Jazz to Opera.

It’s an outstanding performance, but a play certainly NOT.

BSG 4.14 Disquiet

A Disquiet Follows My Soul (2009-01-23)

Laura Roslin begins to lose faith in the Pythian prophecy and her role as the dying leader. Tom Zarek intends to weaken the Human-Cylon alliance. Galen Tyrol is told that he is not the father of Cally’s son.

Everything is slowly falling apart, without a purpose the fleet lacks direction.  The solution appears simple… Find a new planet to settle and work out an agreement with the Cylons.


Dr Who 4.10 Eat

“The Eaters of Light” (2017-06-17)


The Doctor and Bill, disagreeing about the fate of the Ninth Legion of the Imperial Roman army, travel in the TARDIS to the 2nd century in Scotland. Bill goes her own way, while the Doctor and Nardole look for their bodies. Bill encounters the Legion’s soldiers hiding. The soldiers are hiding from a creature drawn to any light source, killing those in its path. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Nardole discover the corpses of the remaining Legion.

Another simple monster of the week episode. Some creature of the multi-universe just happens to have a portal in Scotland. It all leads up to a rather predictable ending.


BSG 4.13 Notion

Sometimes a Great Notion (2006-01-16)

Earth is revealed to have been populated by Cylons until a nuclear war, 2000 years in the past. Starbuck tracks the homing signal and finds her own remains on the planet. The identity of the fifth of the Final Five Cylons is revealed.

So is the fifth Cylon Starbuck or Ellen ?
If it is Ellen, then what is Starbuck ?

BSG 4.12 Revelations

Battlestar Galactica – Revelations (2008-06-13)

D’Anna reveals that there are only four of the Final Five Cylons in the fleet and holds President Roslin hostage while attempting to lure the four out of hiding. After a dramatic entanglement, the humans and Cylons join together and arrive at Earth.

One of the most tense and gripping episodes yet.

Of course starbuck comes up with the final clue in the last second and it turns out that earth is only a single jump from their current location, how convenient.

This is the end of first half of the final season.


BSG 4.11 Hub

The Hub (2008-06-06)

In pursuit of the enemy’s Resurrection Hub, a team of Viper pilots and Cylon rebels become uneasy collaborators in formulating a battle plan.


Hum & Shiver

The Hum and the Shiver
by Alex Bledsoe (2011)

The Sword & Laser June 2017 Pick.

Private Bronwyn Hyatt returns from Iraq wounded in body and in spirit, only to face the very things that drove her away in the first place: her family, her obligations to the Tufa, and her dangerous ex-boyfriend. But more trouble lurks in the mountains and hollows of her childhood home. Cryptic omens warn of impending tragedy, and a restless “haint” lurks nearby, waiting to reveal Bronwyn’s darkest secrets. Worst of all, Bronwyn has lost touch with the music that was once a vital part of her identity.

There is no doubt that Alex Bledsoe can write, the prose flows with and understated style. Characters are realistic, although flawed. No Mary Sue’s here.

It starts OK, Hyatt returns to her home and integrates back into her family. Nothing much happens. Then around 30% through, romance elements enter the story. This was supposed to be a fantasy, but without any fantastical element, interest fades and soon I lost interest.


BSH 4.10 Sine

Sine Qua Non (2008-05-27)

In the aftermath of President Roslin’s abduction, a bitter power struggle erupts which threatens to tear the once-ordered world of the colonial fleet apart.

The episode name is a Latin term (it translates as “without which [there is] nothing”) referring to something essential that cannot be done without.



(Antarktos Saga #5)
Jeremy Robinson (2012)

The past few years have been a mixture of torture, painful growth and sometimes, pushing its way through all the darkness—joy. I have made friends and allies, brothers and sisters, mentors and…Kainda, who is something else entirely. But someone is missing, someone whose memory saved me from despair—Mirabelle Whitney, my hope.

The final in the five book series. I finished this when Jeremy Robinson announced that he is finished with series novels. This book illustrates why. Frankly, it’s a bit of a slog to get through. Everything accumulates to a big war at the end, and it’s not what he is best at. There are just too many characters to remember.

There are two additional novels in this universe, but these appear to be stand alone novels and should be better.



BSG 4.09 Dinner ?

Guess What’s Coming to Dinner (2008-05-16)


Bitter enemies must set aside their grudges as the Demetrius crew teams up with Cylon rebels to destroy a vital enemy target.