Victoria Sadler

Arts and Culture Blogger

Arts & Culture writer.

Also writes books, plays and screenplays. Basically, I'm really tired!

Next book, Darkness, due Autumn 2016. My debut, Banking on Burlesque, out now.

Review: Giselle, English National Ballet 'Spellbinding, Revolutionary'

The rage of the Wilis is intoxicating. The ferocious stamping of their sticks in hypnotic rhythm, their wrath, their malevolence... There is black magic in the air. The audience as one were forward in their seats, completely hypnotised, utterly immersed in this dark sea of revenge and anger.
21/11/2016 12:21 GMT

Review: Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy 'Utterly Extraordinary'

Where to begin when you don't know where to begin... Simply put, the Abstract Expressionism show at the Royal Academy of Arts is extraordinary, utterly extraordinary. Wandering around these large galleries - the beautiful high-ceilinged walls smothered, crammed to capacity, with these vast revolutionary canvases - I felt both lost for words and completely overwhelmed.
23/09/2016 11:50 BST

Review: 1984, Playhouse Theatre 'Orwell on Speed'

Depressing times. And a depressing novel. But there is no way this is a depressing show as Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan collaborated to create an electric production that hurtles through its 101 minute running time. This is Orwell on speed.
05/07/2016 10:03 BST

Review: Summer Exhibition 2016, Royal Academy of Arts

This year, Richard Wilson, the British sculptor and Royal Academician, has coordinated a truly fantastic and exhilarating show full of dynamic, challenging works of a very high quality, and has overseen a layout that showcase them at their best - in galleries with structure and coherence.
08/06/2016 16:24 BST

Film Review: Alice Through the Looking Glass 'An Empty Spectacle'

Given the unreal success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, it was inevitable, I suppose, that Disney would head straight to its sequel, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. But Alice Through the Looking Glass is a heartless adaptation. The poignancy of Lewis Carroll's moral lesson on how precious time is becomes lost in a CGI-fest that's all spectacle and no soul.
27/05/2016 14:44 BST

Review: Jeff Koons, Newport Street Gallery 'Desperate, Tired'

It's probably no surprise that Damien Hirst owns a lot of works by Jeff Koons. After all, these two have common ground - they're both provocateurs, both divisive artists. And now, Damien has put his own collection of Jeff Koons works on display in his Newport Street Gallery, which opened last year.
19/05/2016 16:49 BST

Review: Mona Hatoum, Tate Modern

For those unfamiliar with the brilliant Mona Hatoum, she was born in Beirut to a Palestinian family before moving to the UK in 1975. This show at the Tate Modern is the first survey of her work in the UK. And, frankly, it couldn't be more timely.
06/05/2016 11:03 BST