Top 5 Tuesday – Great opening lines

5 great opening lines don’t spring to mind.

However, I have just started from Here to Maternity by Sinead Moriaty and think the opening sets the scene quickly with impact.

Sinead is not related to Liane or Nicola Moriety but, came across her due to searching for the surname. Do all Moriety’s write good books?

The fifth letter by Nicola Moriety. This is a good book for Oct / November as it features 4 Scorpio women.


The opening line to Daphne De Maurier Rebecca is memorable:

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

Can you do better than me in thinking of 5 great openers?

Bionic Book Worm

May?! How? It doesn’t feel like it’s almost May because we’ve missed spring all together in southern Canada. We’ve had a couple half decent days, but it’s mostly been cold and snowy. I’m so excited for may though! So many amazing new releases, the warmer weather will finally be here, and it’s my birthday month!!! What’s not to love?

Here are the topics for the month of May:

MAY 1 – Top 5 series I won’t be finishing

MAY 8 – Top 5 books I’d save from a fire

MAY 15 – Top 5 opening/first lines

MAY 22 – Top 5 ending/last lines (be sure there are no spoilers!)

MAY 29 – Top 5 science fiction


I also wanted to take a second to say welcome to all the new participants! There were quite a few in April and I’m always honoured that you take a day and write about…

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Top theatrical performances 2015 and 2016

My rankings of theatre performances

2016 top 3 theatre performances:

In 3rd place: Relatively Speaking: hilarious!
In 2nd place: The Nap: Easily capturing the atmosphere of Sheffield theatre as performed at the Crucible.

In 1st place: Great Gatesby. Meaning the deli theatre moves up from honourable mention last year!

Top 3 theatrical performance of 2015 (in no particular order): Blasted (Sarah Kane), Curious Incident of Dog in nighttime and The Effect. Honourable mention to Woolworth’s pick of mix …spending evening in old Sheffield Woolworth’s reminiscing about all Woolworth’s of my youth, winning pass the parcel and reading an e-mail to the rest of the audience and going home with pick and mix 🙂

Great Gatesby:Incredible Immersive Theatre (Deli Moor Theatre Sheffield)

Review of the Great Gatsby
21.12.16 Moor Deli Theatre

Go once, go twice, go three times; each time you can be assured of a fabulous unique experience. Or go with friends and do not worry about getting split up following different cast members; just join back up later to discuss different experiences. From walking in and ordering a cocktail , it is easy to get into the party atmosphere. Despite entering through a previously unnoticed door next to Superdrug and ascended up to a room within ex Woolworths with peeling paint. Whether alone or in a group the actors, play a host role mingling with the audience. A typical interaction could start with ‘Fabulous dress, did you buy it in Paris?’ (which is also good for the audience ego after taking the time to dress in 1920s style). The audience are naturally directed, into various rooms with prompts such as ‘Let’s go and dance though here’. Or when Daisy needs to change; ‘Come with me to help me decide what to wear’. Despite the volume of onlookers in the intimate setting of the dressing room, complete with dressing table and a selection of 1920S dresses, the convincing performance of Daisy ensured the intimate atmosphere was not lost.
All the cast despite having to maintain their characters for over 2 hours coped admirably in their roles. Including dealing with audience members, who inspired by the acting decided to build their characters or throw in lines to build their own sub plot; when there was enough action within the actual performance or dancing to do or; without need for more drama. The cast also coped with the anarchistic use of phones to capture the costumes of the cast and other members of the audience which provided scope for the typical party conversations; look at her dress etc..
For an amazing 1920S party, fabulous cast and thoroughly enjoyable evening a well-deserved 5 stars.