Richard Brownlie-Marshall
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Richard is a designer and creative currently living in London.

In April 2011, Richard launched his self-titled design brand, which has since seen a range of successful products for homes and interiors. He is currently the Head of Creative at London's healthier eating chain Tossed. His role is very hands-on within the company; designing store interiors, marketing campaigns, packaging and even the voice of their weekly newsletter, 'The Tosser'.

Referred to as a modern day Renaissance man, Richard, also takes a keen interest in performance on many different levels. Key successes include performing on London's Westend, producing and acting in sell-out Edinburgh Fringe shows and appearing in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

To find out more, please visit: www.playrich.co.uk

Entries by Richard Brownlie-Marshall

London's West End LIVE

(0) Comments | Posted 22 June 2014 | (11:48)

The city of London has a lot to celebrate, but without doubt one of its biggest assets are the West End stages that inhabit it. On June 21st-22nd 2014, performers swapped the spotlight for the sunlight, and took to the stage in front of thousands for the amazing West End LIVE.

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The annual event is completely free to visit and has performances from almost every show currently on the West End, as well as a few sneak peaks of what's coming soon. In the absolutely stunning setting of Trafalgar Square, it's a great way to experience theatre for the whole family, and plenty of stalls to keep everyone suitably entertained. This year sees this event turn the ripe old age of 10, and seems to grow bigger and better every year, having to move from it's first home of Leicester Square because their were just too many people.

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As I approached West End LIVE 2014, I could hear the stunning harmonies of "Who Loves You" coming from the Jersey Boys, filling the London air with a great atmosphere and excitement. With the sun in the sky, Trafalgar Square was bustling with crowds singing and dancing along. Mamma Mia was a particular favourite and certainly brought the energy with their strong troop of dancers. For The Bodyguard, Alexandra Burke, seemed very at home on the stage and gave us a taste of her Rachel Marron. The concert atmosphere really lends itself these shows as it lets the music play for everyone to enjoy, and showcases the wide range of talent that is on the West End today.

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Regent Park Open Air Theatre gave a sneak peak at their upcoming Porgy & Bess, with unmistakable tunes from the George & Ira Gershwin. One of the stand out performances of the day came from Cedric Neal with "There's a Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon for New York", which brought the house down, or whatever the open-air equivalent is. Serving up some serious vocals along with the rest of the cast, this was a great introduction to their July 2014 run.

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This year West End LIVE also returned to Leicester Square at the West End LIVE Spiegeltent, which contained an array of costumes, scripts and sets from shows such as Wicked and Matilda. It is a real rarity to see items like these up-close, and they even offered up the chance to try on some of the costumes yourself. Throughout the weekend, they had a schedule of talks from directors and actors alike, which was wonderful in such an intimate setting and offered a real insight into London's West End.

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I left West End LIVE with a solid list of shows I would like to see, along with a few I'd like to see for a second and third time as well. With the wonderful weather and brilliant performances, it's a really special event and I look forward to returning again next year.

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The Shoe Tattoo

(0) Comments | Posted 8 June 2014 | (17:20)

I've sometimes toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo, but there's something about the permanency and probably the pain that stops me entering through those parlour doors. However, I recently came across Oliver Sweeney offering the option of getting a tattoo on their shoes, and this instantly seemed like...

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Regent Street: The Menswear Edit

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (11:51)

One of my favourite shopping destinations, paired with one of my favourite events of the year: Regent Tweet 2014. The annual event sees bloggers from across the globe take to one of London's most famous shopping streets and make it their playground for one day only. From fashion to food,...

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The Pajama Game Steams Up The West End

(0) Comments | Posted 13 May 2014 | (20:31)

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For a 20 week limited run, The Pajama Game moves into London's West End, and boy is it a welcome visitor. With theatreland have a tricky time, and new shows not fairing so well, it's time to send in a classic to reignite...

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Interior Trends SS14 - Rich Pickings

(0) Comments | Posted 19 April 2014 | (12:55)

The sun has arrived, and a new light is cast into our homes, calling for a fresh look at our interiors. Similar to fashion, it's unlikely that many of us can get a whole new wardrobe each season, so it is all about ways of updating our spaces with small...

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Finding the SAMA Style

(0) Comments | Posted 25 January 2014 | (20:26)

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SAMA Asian Kitchen first opened its doors in November 2013, landing right in the heart of Wimbledon's high street. The Southeast Asian eatery didn't have a name when I began work on the project, so I guess you could say I was working...

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The Torchlight Procession - Edinburgh Hogmanay 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 31 December 2013 | (00:07)

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I am a born and bred Edinburger, so I've celebrated many a New Year by taking to the streets of Edinburgh for their legendary Hogmanay celebrations. This year I decided to visit the event that takes place the night before, the...

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Easy Italian Cooking: Cherry Tiramisu

(0) Comments | Posted 12 October 2013 | (19:47)

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Italian cooking is my favourite type of food, pizza and pasta, but tiramisu is not something that normally sends me salivating over the dessert menu. However as part of my easy Italian cooking, I did get very attracted to Gino D'Acampo's take...

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Easy Italian Cooking: Spicy Tomato & Salmon Rigatoni

(0) Comments | Posted 12 October 2013 | (18:32)

I would say that I'm one of those people who enjoys cooking, but has never really found the knack of following recipes. Perhaps it's the designer in me, but when I'm left alone in the kitchen, I always have the urge to get creative and result in a recipe far...

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The Light Princess Soars Into The National Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted 9 October 2013 | (11:36)

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When taking the dreaded march through the London underground system, my eyes had often set upon the stunning image used to promote The Light Princess at the National Theatre. I hadn't heard of the fairytale before, but I knew with...

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Gino D'Acampo Spills The Beans

(0) Comments | Posted 30 September 2013 | (19:15)

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In my role as an Easy Team ambassador for Zanussi, I recently got the chance to meet up with the team's Captain, Gino D'Acampo, in Newcastle's Fenwick. I was taken up to the store's personal shopping suite...

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Entertaining With Ease

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2013 | (00:01)

Hosting a great dinner party doesn't always have to mean hours of work in the kitchen and spending your night in there too. As a member of Zanussi's Easy Team, I've created my top tips, sure to have you serving up your perfect party, with no stress on...

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Making Your Kitchen Work for You

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2013 | (22:12)

In many homes, the kitchen is probably one of the most used rooms. Whether a quick bowl of cereal in the morning, a family dinner in the evening or the epicenter of a party at night, it certainly gets seen. However, for some, their kitchen might feel too small or...

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Home at London's National Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted 3 September 2013 | (11:39)

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I have often walked along London's Southbank and seen the huge wooden fort in red, that sits in front of the National Theatre, and assumed it was some sort of art installation. But when I was invited along to the production of...

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Jonathan Adler Brightens Up Britain

(0) Comments | Posted 23 August 2013 | (13:45)

I can safely confess to being a Jonathan Adler believer, from his bold colours to humorous touches, no one does it quite like him. His style and ethos are something I have lived with for years, however I feel like I've only been formally introduced in the last couple of...

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I'm a Candy Kitten Too!

(0) Comments | Posted 8 August 2013 | (11:39)

Whether you're watching Made in Chelsea, following Jamie Laing or maybe just have a bit of a sweet tooth - you've probably heard of the brand known as Candy Kittens. Setting out to be the modern-day Willy Wonka, Jamie and his team have set up this fashionable confectionery...

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Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Truly Rich Pickings

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2013 | (09:37)

Every summer the Fringe festival takes over Edinburgh, bringing with it thousands of performers ready to take centre stage. Being the biggest arts festival in the world, you can safely say that there is much to see, but finding something you'll enjoy isn't always as simple. Selecting a...

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A Chorus Line, One of Broadway's Finest Hours (or two) in London

(1) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (10:54)

Being involved in musical theatre from a young age, the score of A Chorus Line has been circling around my head for the last decade at least. From when I was auditioning, the tapper before me could be heard singing "I Can Do That" or when I was...

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Designing a Hot Brand

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2013 | (11:42)

I was in high school when I first decided that design would be my destination, but my GPS must have been on the blink, because the exact area of design was undetermined. Today, I'm no closer to finding the exact location I fit into, but I have discovered that it's...

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The Book of Mormon Arrives in London, Prepare to be Converted

(0) Comments | Posted 11 March 2013 | (12:00)

The audience was a buzz with those who had listened the Broadway soundtrack, heard of colleagues who found it too offensive and some who had never even heard of the show. But after a listening to the divine words of South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Avenue...

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