Joseph Brooker on Damsels in Distress and A Quiet Passion. I happened to see Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress (2011) and Terence Davies’ new film A Quiet Passion (2016) in quick succession, and thought about them together. Stillman became cherished in the 1990s for a
Seda Ilter interviews Lily Hunter Green on Bee Composed Live Lily Hunter Green is a musician, composer and visual artist whose work focuses on environment and marginality. Green’s inventive piece Bee Composed (a part of her project Decomposed, exhibited at the Brighton Dome for the Brighton International Festival,
Seda Ilter on Andy Smith’s Summit (Brighton Festival, 2017) May 2017: Brexit is happening, the Conservatives repeat their immigration pledge in the election campaign, the NHS is suffering, war in Syria is killing more children every day, global warming is rapidly affecting human lives while
Seda Ilter on Andy Smith, ‘Dematerialising Theatre’ (Birkbeck Arts Week 2017) Award-wining theatre maker Andy Smith’s talk ‘Dematerialising Theatre’ at Birkbeck Arts Week (organised & chaired by Daragh Carville) offered insights into his approach to theatre and involved its audience in collective thinking about the
Joseph Brooker on America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s at the Royal Academy of Arts The Royal Academy of Arts’ exhibition of American paintings only occupies three large rooms, and even looking closely at much of the work I saw it all in
Martin Eve on The White Devil by John Webster at the Wanamaker Playhouse The White Devil is, by many standards of judgement, a pretty terrible play. It features a large cast of characters who appear and disappear extremely quickly, making it very difficult to follow.
Joseph Brooker on ‘Carol’, by Chuck Berry & Keith Richards Last month it was announced that Chuck Berry had died, aged 90. This was a passing I had often thought about in advance. I had thought about how someone as momentous, crucial and venerable as Berry was still
Caroline Edwards on Kim Stanley Robinson and Francis Spufford in conversation with Adam Roberts, 3 April 2017.
Caroline Edwards on Kim Stanley Robinson and Francis Spufford in conversation with Adam Roberts, 3 April 2017. A recent author event at Waterstones Piccadilly (Europe’s largest bookshop apparently) surpassed my expectations for the kinds of awkward conversations you often experience at meet-the-author readings. The first
Martin Eve on The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? This Saturday I saw the revival of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Although I was familiar with the problem play’s central conceit, this work still retains the power
Joseph Brooker on Eduardo Paolozzi at the Whitechapel Gallery The artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), Edinburgh-born of Italian descent, was a pioneer of Pop Art. The Whitechapel Gallery is exhibiting his work (February to May 2017) in a major retrospective showing over 250 items. Paolozzi’s early