Written on Skin at the ROH

Friday 27th January, Covent Garden

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Written on Skin was, to me, quite mystifying – both in itself and the rave reviews. Quoth the ROH: “Since its premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2012 it has been performed worldwide in numerous productions, to widespread acclaim”. The Guardian and The Telegraph reviews of the 2013 production, for example, corroborate the excellent reception (“a musical masterpiece” and “music of genius”, respectively). Continue reading “Written on Skin at the ROH”

Molotov Jukebox at Oslo Hackney

Friday 2nd December, Hackney

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Molotov Jukebox, according to Wikipedia, is only an addendum in Natalia Tena’s career. Below acting roles in Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, the band gets only a paragraph. Although they are fairly new (and Tena’s screen appearances always enjoyable), I expect that will change soon enough. Continue reading “Molotov Jukebox at Oslo Hackney”

Lake Street Dive – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Thursday 10th November, Shepherd’s Bush

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Lake Street Dive is an American four-piece band who create genre-defying, label-eluding music, self-described as ‘if the Beatles and Motown had a party together’; throw in the Beach Boys ca. Pet Sounds, and all the best bits of pop music up to the present day, too. Continue reading “Lake Street Dive – Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire”

Film Review: Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

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“But, I beseech your grace, pardon me: I
was born to speak all mirth and no matter.”

The genius of Shakespeare’s work, we are informed by those better-read than us, is in it’s timelessness. Those lilting words resonate with universally human themes of power, life, death, love and loss. Continue reading “Film Review: Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’”