Charlotte Skeoch

Freelance writer, blogger and critic of anything that moves

Charlotte is a freelance writer who exercises her acid tongue on her blog, Young Free and Cynical ( When she's not being precociously cranky, she can be found at stretching her film legs, or at doing her best impression of a culture vulture.

A veritable twitter slut, you can follow her at @charlieskeoch if you don't mind sweary skepticism.
Review: Future Cinema's

Review: Future Cinema's Ghostbusters

From impressive set pieces, splatting green goo down the walls of a swanky building, to the interactive screenings for paranormal activity, and the gin-laced slushies to keep the child inside happy, Future Cinema cultivates its immersive experience with sassy panache, stylish flair and sparkling efficiency.
26/11/2013 12:38 GMT
Review - First

Review - First Position

First Position follows six young dancers through the rigorous training and competition stages of the Youth America Grand Prix, an international ballet competition for dancers aged 9-19, culminating in medals, scholarships to dance schools and even contracts with ballet companies worldwide.
15/04/2013 14:42 BST
Review: Wreck-It

Review: Wreck-It Ralph

<em>Wreck-It Ralph</em> peddles the perfect brand of retro nostalgia. Bursting at the seams with references to the golden age of gaming, it cleverly navigates the balance between childish, yelping nostalgia and an appealing sense of technological progression
03/02/2013 13:01 GMT
Review: Luke Wright's 'Mondeo

Review: Luke Wright's 'Mondeo Man'

This is poetry to entertain the everyman enthusiast and win over the cynics. If any contemporary collection is going to convince the disbeliever that poetry can be a riot of cheek, giggles, boobs, tears and facebook - while keeping it's artistic integrity firmly intact - <em>Mondeo Man</em> is it.
20/01/2013 15:37 GMT
Review: Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance

Review: Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance Company

The triple bill is a balancing act more complex than any Masterchef's three course meal: programming doesn't get tougher than this. If such a competition existed, artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer earned a place among the champions with Cedar Lake's triple bill at Sadler's Wells last night.
15/10/2012 14:06 BST
When Film Becomes Fashion's

When Film Becomes Fashion's Darling...

To the catwalk, where ponies on crack are clip-clopping up and down and down and up a plank of haute couture, where thighs are abolished, a grumpy bob and sunglasses on a stick is God and trends are carved into the tablet of seasonal commandments. London Fashion Week is here.
21/09/2012 10:00 BST
Review: Apocastrip

Review: Apocastrip Wow!

Any show starting past 10pm comes with an unwritten warning: may contain scenes of an adult nature. Theatre's post-watershed playground of the moment is the London Wonderground- a riverside funfair of sequins and feathers showcasing the capital's best wonders and curiosities; a throwback to a world where the ringmaster ruled and showgirls shimmied round red and gold lusciously adorned tents.
18/09/2012 11:30 BST
Top Ten Movies That Should Be Stage

Top Ten Movies That Should Be Stage Musicals

If you haven't seen Anne Hathaway's shorn and chilly cranium yet, it's probably time to put down the Xbox controller/children/Proust, and try to recherché your temps perdu- cruise over to the <em>Daily Mail</em> website and bitch or coo as you feel appropriate.
23/08/2012 16:45 BST

Review: Brave

The formula for Disney used to be so simple: take one porn-star proportioned, doe-eyed virgin on the brink of adulthood, screw on a magical affliction, support on brackets of dysfunctional and/or single parent family, furnish with evil hags and dashing Princes heavy on bravery and light on personality, decorate with singing balls of fluff. It was like the IKEA of children's films: bright, simple, and formulaic. But feminism and animation went and ruined it all- society grew tired of damsels in distress- the 50s housewife that Disney princesses were undoubtedly modelled on seemed ridiculously outdated, insulting even. Disney's unruly child, Pixar, introduced the world to boys toys and morals for a modern audience in Toy Story, out-stripping it's parent so quickly that less than 20 years on, it's practically gobbled all of Disney up.
10/08/2012 15:50 BST
Cinema's Top Ten Warrior

Cinema's Top Ten Warrior Princesses

Not since an angry blue man that wasn't Poppa Smurf shouted the immortal words "YE CANNY TEK MA FRRRRREEEEEDOMMMM", have we had a decent Scottish hero.
07/08/2012 17:08 BST
Review: Rock of

Review: Rock of Ages

Many members of the Great British public- and especially the male quota- would rather lick every pavement in Camden Town than watch a movie musical giving 80s rock a High School Musical make over. But luckily for Rock of Ages, I am not one of those people.
12/06/2012 10:05 BST
Review: Touched... Like a

Review: Touched... Like a Virgin

This month, Soho Theatre plays host to Touched... Like a Virgin, a play about celebrity, with a celebrity, attended by celebrities, with lovey-lovey-darling celebrity in jokes.
29/05/2012 15:37 BST
Review: Theatre Delicatessen's Henry

Review: Theatre Delicatessen's Henry V

mmersive theatre often treads the fine line between enhancing experience and aggressive involvement. What starts as engulfing theatrical aggrandizement can quickly trip into the realms of terrifying audience participation - and only attention - hungry stage botherers really enjoy on-stage participation, or those of masochistic temperament
29/05/2012 15:37 BST
Interview: Director of Theatre Delicatessen's Henry V- Roland

Interview: Director of Theatre Delicatessen's Henry V- Roland Smith

Theatre Delicatessen has undoubtedly cornered the 'pop-up theatre' market. The mind-child of Roland Smith, Frances Loy and Jessica Brewster, Theatre Delicatessen was born in 2007 and has since made it's mark by inhabiting disused buildings around London, then transforming them into immersive theatrical experiences.
22/05/2012 13:05 BST
Review: Jeff, Who Lives at

Review: Jeff, Who Lives at Home

The Duplass brothers make the kind of indie films that make Blockbuster gobblers dry retch. The very same Duplasses make the kind of indie films that make the bespectacled, shuffling mumblecore lovers turn up their noses at the reek of commerciality. But, are either of these attributes really a bad thing?
09/05/2012 11:14 BST