arts

Theatre: Driven to memorise

Published: September 24, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

The Knowledge Charing Cross Theatre, London The black cab is such an iconic symbol of London that it’s easy to forget that inside every taxi there’s a human being who …

Television: Emergency service

Published: September 24, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Ambulance BBC?1 The fly on the wall documentary, where we follow a group of people in a particular occupation, getting to know the various personalities, goes back some years. Showing …

American mood

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Wind River Director: Taylor Sheridan Patti Cake$ Director: Geremy Jasper

Strike one

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Les Hull

Strike:?The Cuckoo’s Calling BBC?1

Books: Unknowable genius of stone

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Mike Parker

Michelangelo: His Epic Life by Martin Gayford Penguin Fig Tree £16.99 Can I say this? I don’t actually much like the work of Michelangelo. There, it’s done… I’m not criticising! …

Film: Survival as intimate epic

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Dunkirk Director:?Christopher Nolan Nothing in British writer-director ­Christopher Nolan’s oeuvre – not Memento, Inception nor the Dark Knight trilogy – prepares you for the Second World War spectacle Dunkirk. It …

Books: The long rocky road to where?

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Sarah Gellner

The Road To Somewhere: The Populist Revolt And The Future Of Politics by David Goodhart C Hurst £20 I didn’t expect to like this book. I did a little office …

Books: Still blowing in the wind

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Martin Griffin

Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags by Tim Marshall Elliott & Thompson £9.99 Though nobody would claim the British disdain symbolic display, edespite the national tendency to …

Theatre: Tale of torment is a treat

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Bodies Royal Court, London Surrogacy is an emotionally fraught subject. And one that is pregnant with meaning. The arrangement by which one woman gives birth to another’s baby challenges traditional …

Style, substance and some class acts

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Stephen Kelly

Manchester International Festival Beginning in 2007, the biennial Manchester International Festival has now become one of the most important events in the arts calendar. In the last ten years, it’s …

Books: Journeys through contradictions

Published: July 31, 2017
Written by Paul Routledge

Al-Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain by James Fergusson Bantam Press £20 The Battle For British Islam by Sarah Khan Saqi £14.99 Two random news items from recent …

TV: Pregnant pauses

Published: July 29, 2017
Written by Les Hull

In the Dark BBC 1 A pregnant crime solver on the screen is not that common. The last one I remember was in the film Fargo. Now there is In …

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 …