“THE BEAST’S PEN” is the anagrammatical pseudonym of Stephen Bates, who is retired and lives in North-West London. Main interests are:
TRAVEL – visited 6 continents, with Antarctica still to come (maybe); recent destinations include China, Peru, South Africa, Russia, Egypt, Australia and New Zealand;
THEATRE – averaged more than 3 visits a week during 2013 and a regular reviewer for The Public Reviews (www.thepublicreviews.com)
CINEMA – a BFI member with a preference for the classics of the 40’s and 50’s and the modern worldwide films that tend not to make it into the multiplexes;
SPORT – a lifelong supporter of West Bromwich Albion.
When theatre and cinema reviews appear on this site, the ratings are:
***** Brilliant **** Excellent *** Good ** Poor * Dire
+ indicates an extra half-star