Dance: Briefs encounter

Published: July 26, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Briefs: Close Encounters Underbelly Festival, South Bank, London Billed as Boylesque, Briefs, an Australian dance troupe directed and led by the fiercely non-binary Fez Faanana, have landed their glittery starship-a …

Theatre: Shit-Faced Shakespeare

Published: July 22, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Much Ado About Nothing Leicester Square Theatre, London While this wouldn’t be the first play in the west-end to include an actor who is, frankly, a little the worse for …

Books: The last liberal hope of Europe?

Published: July 18, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

The Shortest History Of Germany by James Hawes Old Street £12.99 Say this for a grammar school education and a History ‘O’ Level – I know who Prince Otto von …

Books: A stark warning from history

Published: July 17, 2017
Written by Glyn Ford

Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of the Nazi Race Law by James Q Whitman Princeton University Press £19.95 Hero and villain history is nice and simple, …

Theatre: The Sun’s irresistible rise

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Ink Almeida Theatre, London The recent general election result proves that the power of the right-wing press has diminished considerably in the digital age, but there was a time when …

TV: Down memory lane

Published: July 13, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Who Do You Think You Are? BBC 1 Porridge: Inside Out Yesterday It might have been tempting, at one point, to have marvelled at Who Do You Think You Are? …

Music: Triumph of the backroom boys

Published: July 11, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

The Tex Pistols Nells Jazz and Blues Club, London Billed as a celebration of Americana this Independence night gig is really a celebration of the fundamentals of great rock n …

Books: Passion and inspiration

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Hay Literary Festival Part 2 Harriet Harman and Yanis Varoufakis may have warmed up the Hay audience earlier in the festival, but the fire was truly lit on the second …

Books: Brave confrontation with evil

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Sarah Gellner

Mischling by Affinity Konar Atlantic Books £12.99 What can you say about the style, characterisation, plot structure etc of a novel about the systematic torture of children? An abomination that …

Books: Nightmare of an occupation

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

The Single Soldier by George Costigan Urbane Publications £8.99 We have no modern experience of occupation. It’s almost a thousand years since William the Conqueror led the last successful invading …

Books: Madness of death by religion

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Stephen Kelly

The Burning Time:?The Story Of The Smithfield Martyrs by Virginia Rounding Macmillan £20 It always seemed apt that during the turbulent 1970s Tribune should have its offices in Smithfield, a …

Film: Hermit on the Heath

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Hampstead Director: Joel Hopkins Welcome to a modern fairytale. Inspired by a true story, Hampstead shows that love can explode in the most ­unexpected places and age is no barrier …

Film: Park City in Piccadilly

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Sundance London 2017 For four days in June, Park City Utah came to Piccadilly Circus. Sundance London returned with a selection of independently-produced American films – dramas, documentaries and the …

Theatre: Entertaining alienation

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Gloria Hampstead Theatre, London Punts Theatre 503, London The subject here is alienation, at work and in the home. In contemporary society, office work seems to symbolise a life of …

TV: Cut according to the cloth

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Broken BBC 1 There’s a long tradition of comedy clergy featuring in English language fiction; many theatrical farces from the Ben Travers era usually brought one onto the stage by …

Theatre: A play of two halves

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by William Russell

These Trees Are Made Of Blood Arcola Theatre, London Set in what purports to be a cabaret club called ‘The Coup’ where satirical performances take place, These Trees Are Made …

Music: Evocative sonics

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by James McGowan

Daniel Lanois Koko, London The Convergence Festival has been showcasing and exploring the interface between culture and technology since 2014. This year’s programme covered venues from the Barbican to the …