Londongrip - founded by Patricia Morris in 2007 - is a wholly independent online venue, a cultural omnibus providing intelligent reviews of current shows and events, well-argued articles on the widest range of topics, an exhibition space for cross-media arts and an in-house poetry magazine with its own editor. All items are original, making their first appearance on the internet in this form.
An Enemy of the People, Schaubühne Berlin. By Henrik Ibsen, version by Florian Borchmeyer. Review by Julia Pascal.

An Enemy of the People, Schaubühne Berlin. By Henrik Ibsen, version by Florian Borchmeyer. Review by Julia Pascal.

  This is and is not Ibsen’s text.  The huge moral concerns of Ibsen’s 1882 original drama, where Dr Stockmann reveals that the new city baths are poisoned and threaten the whole of his society, are still the core of the plot.

The Atomium, Belgium, by Barbara Lewis.

The Atomium, Belgium, by Barbara Lewis.

  What exactly is the essence of Belgium?  Far harder to pin down than French chic or English sang-froid, the nation’s uneasy mix of Walloon and Flemish, surreal and down-to-earth, all miraculously held together, is perfectly encapsulated by the Atomium – a giant, futuristic structure on the northern edge of Brussels.

London Grip Poetry Review – Prince

London Grip Poetry Review – Prince

D A Prince’s new collection exemplifies the virtues of understatement in poetry

London Grip Poetry Review – Perman

London Grip Poetry Review – Perman

Thomas Ovans wonders if David Perman’s new collection is being knowingly undersold by its own cover

London Grip Poetry Review – Adams & Roberts

London Grip Poetry Review – Adams & Roberts

Two recent Shoestring collections from Anna Adams and Tony Roberts earn the approval of Merryn Williams

London Grip Poetry Review – Robinson

London Grip Poetry Review – Robinson

Anna Robinson’s  half-fantasy, half-dream poem sequence strikes a chord with Richie McCaffery

Otello, ENO. Review by Julia Pascal.

Otello, ENO. Review by Julia Pascal.

  The première of Verdi’s Otello at ENO was also a celebration of director David Alden’s 30th anniversary at the opera house.  American lyric soprano is a rich-voiced Desdemona making her UK debut.  Australian heldentenor, Stuart Skelton is a charismatic Otello who is matched outstandingly by Jonathan Summers’ cool Iago.  This is a magnificent production.

London Grip Poetry Review – Ekroy

London Grip Poetry Review – Ekroy

Thomas Ovans finds that Josh Ekroy’s military-related poems usually hit their target

Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse. Review by Julia Pascal.

Dogfight, Southwark Playhouse. Review by Julia Pascal.

  This highly energetic musical theatre piece is a strong political theatre event.  Set at the start of the Vietnam War, it explores a fraternity’s sexual initiation and their journey into the hell so many young Americans suffered in the mindless war against Vietnamese communism.

London Grip New Poetry – Autumn 2014

London Grip New Poetry – Autumn 2014

* This issue of London Grip features new poems by: *Wendy French *Peter Kennedy *Teoti Jardine *Rob Yates *Jan Hutchison *Mohammed Kamran *Antony Johae *Nancy Mattson *Ian C Smith *Mary Franklin *Colin Bancroft *David Flynn *Christopher Mulrooney *F M Brown *Sarah Doyle *Allen Ashley *Robert Nisbet *Michael Thomas *Kerrin P Sharpe

London Grip Poetry Review – Pantling

London Grip Poetry Review – Pantling

Josh Ekroy takes a thoughtful look at a poetic military memoir by Nigel Pantling

Kaddish (Symphony No 3) by Leonard Bernstein, Usher Hall. Edinburgh Festival. Julia Pascal.

Kaddish (Symphony No 3) by Leonard Bernstein, Usher Hall. Edinburgh Festival. Julia Pascal.

  This evening’s programme was performed by the Royal Scottish Orchestra.  Samuel Barber’s lyrical Violin Concerto, with a stunning performance by Vadim Gluzman, was the prelude to an evening which was more of a war cry than a polished musical offering.