Man Can’t Fly: An Interview

Formed in October 2012, Man Can’t Fly are a Bradford based Alternative/Acoustic-Rock band who gained recognition when their EP ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ was played on BBC Radio 1 in early June. Since then, they’ve won acclaim from the likes of Sara Cox and Huw Stephens. Post Radio 1 airplay, the band have secured slots at Bingley Music Live 2013 and this year’s BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds.

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Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: White Rose

When you hear the rousing tune of the State Anthem of the Russian Federation, you know you’ve stepped into a play about the Russian contribution to Germany’s defeat in the Second World War. However, rather than focus on the ground conflict, ‘White Rose’ tells the story of the female fighter pilots, including ‘Double Ace’ Lily Litvak. Continue reading “Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: White Rose”

Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: Very Pleasant Sensations

‘Screw Maximilian!’ Michael York exclaims, playing the novelist Christopher Isherwood in the 1972 film adaptation of the musical ‘Cabaret’.  ‘I do’ Liza Minnelli (as Sally Bowles) retorts with honesty and venom. ‘So do I’ is Isherwood’s brutal and brilliant reply. ‘Very Pleasant Sensations’ is a play secured around these terribly witty homoerotic exchanges. Continue reading “Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: Very Pleasant Sensations”

Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: The Freedom of the City by Brian Friel

Brian Friel said, in an interview in 1973, ‘Very often an accident in history will bring about a meeting point, a kind of fusion for you. And this is what happened. This is a play about poverty.’ As we pass into the second week of Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season, we see another politically driven play focusing around a small number of individuals. Continue reading “Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: The Freedom of the City by Brian Friel”

Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: A Butcher of Distinction

‘A Butcher of Distinction’ is a play you won’t be forgetting in a hurry. The second week of Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Showcase has a much more violent feel about it than the shows of the first. There’s an intense intimacy with the stage and actors that borders on the uncomfortable. You may know ‘A Butcher of Distinction’ from its original run at the Cock Tavern in 2011, from where it transferred to the King’s Head. Continue reading “Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: A Butcher of Distinction”

Pop Up Opera’s Rita/La Serva Padrona at The Sun Tavern

For their latest production, Pop Up Opera has really pushed the boat out. The company, who already perform in boats, barns and garlic farms, aren’t doing two operas back to back; instead, they have intertwined Donizetti’s ‘Rita’ with Pergolesi’s ‘La Serva Padrona’ or ‘The servant turned mistress’. Continue reading “Pop Up Opera’s Rita/La Serva Padrona at The Sun Tavern”

Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: Master Harold… and the Boys at The Cockpit

When Athol Fugard’s play ‘Master Harold…and the Boys’ was first produced in the early 1980s it was greeted with critical acclaim, a Tony Award nomination and, naturally, instant blacklisting in South Africa. Fugard, a South Africa playwright, was made ‘keenly aware of the injustices of the apartheid’ when working as a clerk in the native Commissioners Court, yet what’s interesting about this play is that it doesn’t concentrate on court proceedings or political exchanges. Continue reading “Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: Master Harold… and the Boys at The Cockpit”

Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: Café Nation

Instantaneous and hopeless infatuations. Everyone’s had one at some point. Whether it’s in a coffee shop, a bar, a supermarket or even a library, there will be a point (or several) in life at which the false charm and winning smile of the person behind the counter takes you off guard and you find yourself swimming in a pool of puppy eyed rapture. Continue reading “Mountview Postgraduate Director’s Season: Café Nation”