UK Review

Images: 20 Years, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia, Flamenco Festival 2015

Carole Edrich | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Carole Edrich

Flamenco at its best communicates at both visceral and intellectual levels. Good flamenco holds me despite obstructions and irrespective of where I sit. It transports me or absorbs me totally.

Bristol's Fog Bridge - With Fujiko Nakaya

Amelia Carruthers | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Amelia Carruthers

Fujiko Nakaya is a Japanese artist (born in 1933), whose "fog sculptures" represent the culmination of her life long collaborations with nature.

The Sweet Sound of 'She Loves Me'

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The show revolves around a little shop in Budapest and two of its employees. Despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, through lonely hearts ads they unknowingly become each other's anonymous pen pals and a world of witty romance evolves.

Birdman - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) and starring Michael Keaton; Birdman is a black comedy that tells the story of a man's battle with his ego, and his quest for acceptance and notoriety. It explores the fragility of one's mind, and the idea of 'celebrity' and Hollywood, and the significance that each play in today's fame-obsessed society.

Review: Grimm Tales for Young and Old, The Bargehouse, London

Peter Yeung | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

The niche that Grimm Tales is aiming for is not easily achieved - open for the above eights, but also entertaining for adults - and perhaps this is the production's downfall. At times, the script is tickling and enjoyable, yet at other moments it is glaringly poor and simplistic, whereas, when taken as a whole, the evening is of somewhat formulaic fantasy...

Live Review: Mac DeMarco, The Forum, London

Peter Yeung | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

By the end of Mac DeMarco's largest ever London show - at Kentish Town's sold-out, 2,350-capacity venue, The Forum - he is topless, only wearing one shoe, and wildly playing a rendition of Metallica's Enter Sandman, to an ecstatic crowd (though, there were a few bewildered audience members)...

Live Review: Savages & Bo Ningen - 'Words to the Blind', Oval Space

Peter Yeung | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

For two of the most visceral, invigorating, and progressive bands in the country - both based in the supposed creative capital that is east London - to be taking inspiration from a movement started a century ago, is perhaps a little jarring.

London Film Festival 2014 Round-up: Décor, Night Bus and The Immortalists.

Peter Yeung | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

The 58th London Film Festival brought us a plethora of début gems and world premières, exploring the ebbs and flows of life. Here we take a look at some of the lesser-known highlights, and the fresh perspectives that they offer.

The Babadook (Film Review)

Chris Saunders | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

This could be the biggest revelation in Australian horror since... well, ever. One of those rare films that burrows under your skin and leaves an impression for a long time after the credits roll, it has been generating overwhelmingly positive critical reviews since its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival where it won Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay and Feature.

'Urinetown' Delivers Toilet Humour

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

At the beginning of Urinetown, you are told that this isn't your typical musical, and they're not kidding. After a three year run on Broadway, this unconventional toilet-based musical has arrived at the Apollo theatre; bringing it's host of odd characters and even odder storyline along with it.

'Damn Yankees' Hit it Out of the Park

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

If you go down to Clapham North today, you're sure of a big surprise: in the form of multi Tony award winning musical, Damn Yankees. A show packed full of certifiable Broadway classics including "Whatever Lola Wants", "Heart" and "Six Months Out of Every Year".

A Most Wanted Man - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Before the halfway mark, I considered leaving A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijn's tortuous, leaden, almost event-free version of John le Carre's novel. But no, I thought.

'The Hundred-Foot Journey': A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

The Hundred-Foot Journey is a wonderful film, and a treat for both your tummy and your eyes. Produced by the screen gods that are Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, it was never going to be a disaster.

The X Factor 2014 Audition Show Six

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dean Midas Maynard

Essex finally landed tonight in the shape of Lottie Lou, thankfully for all our ears, it didn't last long. The same applied to Carly Cunningham. Deary, deary me, where is the talent? This was painful and crowd made themselves heard.

Wingman Lands at Soho Theatre

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Wingman explores the relationship between father and son, in a two-man show laced with warmth, awkwardness and wit.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review

Mark Varley | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Varley

Visually, Guardians of the Galaxy is a stunner. Colours positively burst from the screen as if from a Pixar movie. The rather saturated Captain America Winter Soldier is positively bland and lifeless compared to the astonishingly vibrant world brought to life in Guardians.

Dessa Rose, Trafalgar Studios, London

David Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Brownlie-Marshall

The story of Dessa (Cynthia Erivo) a young black girl who is pregnant with a fellow slave and is also accused of murder, runs parallel to that of Ruth (Cassidy Janson), a young white mother who has been left in sole charge of a plantation following an unfulfilling marriage.

Great British Bake Off 2014 Episode Blog - Week 1

Joe Rivers | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Joe Rivers

It's back! People kneeling next to ovens! Thinly veiled baking innuendo! Mary Berry going mad for any cake with a hint of alcohol in! Paul Hollywood's eyes staring through you into the depths of your very soul!

Tea Time Is Bubbling Up in London

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

First thing I have to say, is that the interior and branding is really wonderfully executed, with a very cool vibe, and going a different direction than many of the bubble tea stores. The light grey walls are accented by lovely shades of green, blue, pink and yellow.

Guardians of the Galaxy - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

A fun, action packed, occasionally moving, occasionally filthy live action comic book fantasy. The cast is terrific, Chris Pratt is perfect as the heroic Star Lord, while Zoe Saldana as sexy as ever as the green skinned Gamora.

Boyhood - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Filming for Boyhood began when Coltrane was just six years old and ended by the time he turned 18. Because of this, it's is an exceptionally unique observation of adolescence and the stresses and strains that we face growing up.

Oakley Review Shows Need for a Full Enquiry Into Benefit Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Leaving aside how horribly low UK benefit payments are, when people can have their income removed and be thrown into penury for missing a single meeting (regardless of the reason), for applying for 34 jobs in a week rather than 35, not to mention the fraudulent activities of some jobcentre staff, the value basis of the system has been subverted and justifies its abolition.

Utterly Bewitching: The Crucible, The Old Vic Review

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Yesterday I headed out to the theatre to see the wonderful Richard Armitage take on the audience at The Old Vic in an atmospheric and ambitious performance of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' on a balmy Wednesday afternoon to celebrate my anniversary.

REVIEW: Who Is Dayani Cristal?

George Washbourn | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Washbourn

The film succeeds in rendering a personal face to the so often aggrandised problem of immigration, but is undermined by the disjunctive fictional sub-narrative... the film is a real spectacle and a testament to the stark anthropic disassociation and dissemblance that occurs in migratory investigations.

Elvis Costello - Worth the Kew

Nigel Cannings | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nigel Cannings

Blow me away, but there is not band. No Attractions, no Imposters, no touring band. Just Elvis Costello, 6 guitars, and a keyboard.