I, Daniel Blake: film review

Daniel Blake, the protagonist in Ken Loach’s latest social-realist film, has been heralded the latest everyman, with politicians, writers, activists and empathetic film-fans taking on his mantle through social media. Daniel’s very real story of poverty, illness, loyalty, defiance and chronic failure of the receding British welfare system, has made people question, what if I […]

What if Hitler wrote a children’s novel?

World Book day was on Thursday: an annual event which passes most adults by. But for children it is the one day in the school calendar when the fantasy of book spills into reality. School children nationwide celebrated with elaborate costumes, carefully put together by keen parents. And in Kingston it was no different. Pictures […]

The One @ Soho Theatre

We all like to think that our relationships are unique, and no one else knows us quite as well. But for the couple in Vicky Jones’s award-winning debut play, it may just be true. Harry (Rufus Wright) and ex-student Jo (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), play by their own rules. They use playful lies to distract them from […]

Nymphomaniac Vols I & II film review

Director Lars Von Trier’s much-anticipated Nymphomaniac I and II suffer from a slight identity crisis. It poses questions like what is the difference between art-house and porn? What is the route of female sexuality? How can art feed into life? But the film never reaches climax and we never get any of these answers. Instead […]

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time @ Apollo Theatre

Guest Reviewer Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, Simon Stephens’s adaptation for stage does not disappoint. The minimalist stage set provides an intriguing backdrop with the focus on a large garden fork in a large dead dog. With both tension and attention achieved, the narrator’s opens the book and the story begins. The apprehension is […]

Moonlight and Magnolias @ Progress Theatre

By Rebecca Roberts Ron Hutchinson’s quick witted, heart-thumping play reveals a fast paced vulgar Hollywood system of greed and insatiable uncertainty, where no one reads and everyone is hungry. His delightfully cynical account of how Gone with the Wind is rush-written in five days in 1939 New York is splintered with anticipation for the holocaust. […]

The 8th annual WriteFest @ Progress Theatre

The night was filled with the sweet lyrics of Carol Anne Duffy, the wise words of Christopher Robin, the informed advice of Roald Dahl and some cheesy jokes – and that was just from the compere Jon Speed. Although he set the bar high, with some lofty introductions, the plays, written by local winners of […]