What lets down this sensational production is the technicalities around translation. The surtitles, which are at eye level, are at some moments obscured from view and at others either too quick or slow to change. Holonic’s monologue is novelistic, with long and complex clauses, so that the sense of a sentence is easily lost. It is frustrating yet forgivable: The Tin Drum is worth seeing for Holonic’s performance, in any language. … [Read more...] about The Tin Drum review – Günter Grass’s spectacular study of German trauma
Young spectators theatre
But the year that sticks out is 2007. It feels like the moment “now” began. That year OFM gave Professor Tim Lang of City University its lifetime achievement award, for putting issues around food sustainability firmly on the agenda. On the other side of the Atlantic New York Magazine’s restaurant critic Adam Platt had recently coined a phrase that summed up the edible zeitgeist. The big thing now, he said, was “haute barnyard”. I quoted him admiringly because it was as true in London as in Manhattan. Chefs were being hugely influenced by Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant which pursued an avowedly regional agenda. Suddenly every thrusting young chef was all over localism, seasonality and the deathly phrase “farm to fork”, as if that wasn’t the journey that everything we eat takes. They foraged for Britain. … [Read more...] about Jay Rayner: my 20 years as a restaurant critic
'I am an Irish republican now - after I meet with Queen Elizabeth, I will still be an Irish republican, and just as passionate about freedom, justice and peace, and reconciliation, as I was the day before.' … [Read more...] about Twenty-five years after IRA bombers murdered 12, the Queen receives joyous welcome in Enniskillen ahead of historic handshake with Martin McGuinness
The Garrick was founded in 1831 in Covent Garden as a place where “actors and men of refinement could meet on equal terms” – this was a time when actors were not generally considered to be respectable members of society. In the preceding decades, St James’s and Pall Mall had already been colonised by vast gentlemen’s clubs, each offering a haven for different tribes. White’s was for Tories, Brooks’s for their political rivals, the Whigs, and Boodle’s for the country set. The Athenaeum catered for “men of science, literature and art”, while the Travellers Club was a place where gentlemen who were able to show they had travelled 500 miles from London could discuss their experiences; the Carlton welcomed political conservatives; the Reform Club, for liberal supporters of the 1832 Reform Act, opened a little later in 1836. … [Read more...] about Time, gentlemen: when will the last all-male clubs admit women?
The silent film's contemporary significance is heightened by the release of a digitally restored version created in a cooperation between the German Cinematheque and Cineteca di Bologna, and a new soundtrack from the Ensemble Musikfabrik. The German original burned in 1925, with the restored version based on a copy found in the British Film Institute. … [Read more...] about German Expressionist cinema revival at the Berlinale