Well Put Together: Instructions for Correct Assembly at the Royal Court Theatre

Robots are the future – aren’t they? Whether its self-driving cars or AI replacing us all, the potential of this technology is pretty impressive, and daunting. But what about when it comes to family? A new play at the Royal Court poses the question of whether the perfect child is possible to create if you… Continue reading Well Put Together: Instructions for Correct Assembly at the Royal Court Theatre

King Lear at the Globe: homelessness, madness and mediocrity

The opening of King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe is less ‘lights, camera, action’ and more a fizzling illumination and gradual realisation that, indeed, the play is starting. Beanie-clad and backpack-carrying folk make their way through the still chattering crowd and onto the stage – a huge ‘Keep Out’ sign at the set’s centre signals a… Continue reading King Lear at the Globe: homelessness, madness and mediocrity

Fiesta vibes at Globe’s Much Ado revival

Shakespeare’s Globe on London’s Bankside is known for its alternative takes on the classics. Their new production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Matthew Dunstar, is no exception, bringing the Bard to revolutionary twentieth century Mexico, and boldly putting a sombrero on Shakespeare. Audiences will be transported back to 1914 where political upheaval meets… Continue reading Fiesta vibes at Globe’s Much Ado revival

Refugees or Immigrants? Migrant Art at the Ben Uri Gallery

The Ben Uri Gallery have just opened two new exhibitions looking at the contribution of German migrant artists to Britain. The Ben Uri Gallery may not be on your radar if you’re used to trekking around the likes of the National or the TATE. Naturally, these iconic institutions with their hundreds of masterpieces have their place, but… Continue reading Refugees or Immigrants? Migrant Art at the Ben Uri Gallery

42nd Street Is A Toe-Tapping Success

There’s a new show in town, and it comes from the bright lights of Broadway. 42nd Street, the dance-heavy musical set in 30s New York is now showing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and is the perfect performance for anyone who likes toe-tapping, stunning costumes and a lot of glitter. 42nd Street follows the story of… Continue reading 42nd Street Is A Toe-Tapping Success

Fairy-tale Photography: Dennis Valdez at the Talented Art Fair

Right in the heart of London’s hipster centre, the Truman Brewery has to be the ultimate venue for markets, events and pop-ups that are on the cutting-edge of what’s new. From 17-19 March, the Talented Art Fair set up shop in this warehouse-style space, showcasing some of the globe’s most innovative and exciting emerging talent.… Continue reading Fairy-tale Photography: Dennis Valdez at the Talented Art Fair

A German Author in London: Barbara Honigmann at Senate House

Recently the Institute of Modern Languages Research, based at Senate House Library,  hosted an evening with one of Germany’s best contemporary women’s writers titled ‘A Conversation with Barbara Honigmann’. To define Barbara Honigmann is a difficult task: she is, yes, a woman writer. She is also a German writer, and at the same time a Jewish… Continue reading A German Author in London: Barbara Honigmann at Senate House

Berlin Walls: Street Art in the German Capital

You no longer have to be in a gallery to see incredible art, neither know about everything from the Renaissance to Pop Art to be deemed an art critic. The great thing about street art is that there is no arrow pointing to where you should look, or a piece of card explaining the artist, name of the… Continue reading Berlin Walls: Street Art in the German Capital

ENO’s Madam Butterfly: a feast for the eyes and ears

Take several Japanese screens, a fair few Kimonos, countless lanterns and fans, and an incredibly moving score, and you have all the ingredients for ENO’s latest offering, Madam Butterfly. Puccini once again hits the London scene, and the mix of orchestral masterpiece with stunning minimalist Japanese theatre is a feast for the eyes and ears.… Continue reading ENO’s Madam Butterfly: a feast for the eyes and ears

You say you want a Revolution: a Cycle Spectacular at the Design Museum

Call me a wimp, call me wise, but I have yet to cycle in the big bad city. Not a Boris Bike jaunt, nor a scenic riverside ride have I ever completed, which, admittedly is slightly embarrassing. …Or sensible? The amount of cycle-related injuries and accidents is scarily high in London, although the new Cycle… Continue reading You say you want a Revolution: a Cycle Spectacular at the Design Museum