The Mentor – Ustinov Studio, Bath

It was extraordinary to see F Murray Abraham, one of the main stars of Homeland, live on the stage of a tiny theatre in Bath.  Well supported in a cast of just four people, he played the role of the mentor with great humour, fabulous timing and every now and then he showed us some of the power that he has as an actor.

The Mentor is a new German play, beautifully translated by Christopher Hampton.

Newcastle/Gateshead

We stayed in a quayside hotel by the Tyne for a couple of nights.  It is a lovely area and these shots include: the Gateshead Millenium Bridge; the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; Sage Gateshead; the Malmaison hotel; a view of Newcastle from the Baltic Centre; and an exhibit at the Baltic which makes the the main stairwell look as though it goes on forever.