Flare Path at the Richmond Theatre

‘FLARE PATH’ By Terence Rattigan. Until 5th September. 2015 As this 70th Anniversary Year remembering Victory in Europe draws to a close, Richmond Theatre marks the occasion with performances of ‘Flare Path’  written by the famous and prolific playwright, Terence Rattigan, in 1942. He was an airgunner/ wireless operator who...

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Kinetika Bloco Festival Performance

Kinetika Bloco, a community focussed brass, wind, drum and steel pan collective incorporating dancers, put on stellar performances for its audience over the weekend.  The first was on Friday night at Waterloo’s South Bank Centre on 14 August 2015 then the second on Saturday 15 August 2015 at Southwark’s Burgess...

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Back To The Future live in concert

  In a reviewer, impartiality should be prized above all else but I must admit that my love for Robert Zemeckis’s 1985 masterwork Back To The Future runs far deeper than any integrity I have ever possessed (journalistic or otherwise), but even with that proviso in mind believe me when...

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Young and old come together for Westminster Music Library sing-along

Last week, pupils from St. Barnabas’ Primary School in Pimlico and members of Open Age, a local charity for older people, came together for a sing-along. The event, organised by Westminster Music Library  as part of a national celebration of music. Uniting people from different generations and communities.   The...

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Review: Venus In Furs

Venus in Fur by David Ives English Theatre, Vienna 26 Jan – 7 March 2015   Saturday 28th February 2015   ****   A powerful, highly charged foray into the origins of S&M and the arguably more controversial area of gender power-struggles.   In spite of the fact that Venus...

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The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studios

When the old Whitehall Theatre was transformed into the Trafalgar Studios in 2004, they must have left some residue of grease paint and powder in a dusty corner of Brian Rix’s dressing room, as Jamie Lloyd has directed a revival of Peter Barnes’s ‘baroque comedy’ The Ruling Class as an...

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Brits sweep up at Golden Globes

Last night in Hollywood saw the 73rd Golden Globe Awards. The show was presented by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The big winners of the night were Boyhood and a number of new TV dramas. Pleasingly many significant British productions and talent was recognised and did very well such as;...

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Scottsboro Boys

Scottsboro Boys Garrick Theatre In Alabama in 1931, nine black teenagers, ages ranging from 13 to 19, were pulled off a train and accused of the gang rape of two white women. The trail was a farce, the witnesses’ evidence was full of holes, the boys were not given proper...

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Shakespeare In Love

In 1998, Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love screenplay set the silver screen alight, secured Gwyneth Paltrow her infamous teary Oscar speech and brought a bit of Shakespeare, via the local multiplex, to the masses, where – some might say – he truly belonged. Now a new adaptation is reuniting Shakespeare...

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Nightcrawler

Even before Twilight finally drove a stake through their hearts forever, vampires were played out and non-threatening. The plague-carrying rat-like beast portrayed by Max Schreck in Nosferatu was gradually replaced by Robert Pattinson’s sparkly heartthrob as Hollywood spent years sucking out (pun definitely intended) every drop of danger from the...

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