With less than a month to go until Reading & Leeds, you’re probably starting to think about what you’re going to see. There are so many great acts on show that it’s hard to narrow them down. But we’ve chosen a few from each stage that we reckon are worth checking out. Follow our lead and you’re in for a treat.
‘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”
Saturday morning, about 2am: we’ve left the scheduled world of Glastonbury’s day time far behind and are making our way through the Stone Circle field. Despite having trudged this route and many like it countless times over the weekend, by night everything changes. New venues have opened up, everything is lit by £2 flaming torches and we’ve just been passed by a man with a homemade mini bar strapped to his back.
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”
Alexander Ebert stumbles across the stage like a man drunk on his own musicality. But it is his fans who are truly intoxicated by his drug; it’s rare to see a crowd so utterly devoted to their hero. At times, tears were shed, but Edward Sharpe, a blessed fiction created by Ebert himself, spreads his message through a show of sheer joy.
First formed in 2011, Canterbury’s CoCo and the Butterfields have spent the last two years rapidly perfecting their musical craft, evolving from a busking folk trio into an energetic force of five whose members include: Tom Twyman (guitar & vocals), Dulcima Showan (violin & vocals), Jamie Smith (beatbox), Micah Hyson (double bass) and Rob Wicks (banjo).