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.
London Grip Poetry Review – Watts

London Grip Poetry Review – Watts

Rosie Johnston is carried along by the energy and generosity of Stephen Watts’ poetry

London Grip Poetry Review – Slaight & Tasker

London Grip Poetry Review – Slaight & Tasker

Norbert Hirschhorn takes a long cool look at a new poetry & art volume from Australia 

London Grip Poetry Review – North

London Grip Poetry Review – North

Emma Lee shares some observations about Christopher North’s latest collection

Holy Warriors/Amadeus – Shakespeare’s Globe/Chichester Festival Theatre – reviews by Carole Woddis.

Holy Warriors/Amadeus – Shakespeare’s Globe/Chichester Festival Theatre – reviews by Carole Woddis.

What both David Eldridge’s Holy Warriors at Shakespeare’s Globe and Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus at the Chichester Festival Theatre share is the sense of works sprung richly from the imagination of their creators but ostensibly steeped in historical `fact’.

Plum Busby back at The Hideaway 27 July.

Plum Busby back at The Hideaway 27 July.

Plum Busby’s Sunday Lunch Extravaganza! Plum Busby, an eclectic hotch potch of Folk, Blues, Jazz, Calypso, Country, Music Hall and idiocy return and this time, with plum and apple jam!!

Midsummer Mischief (The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon) – review by Carole Woddis.

Midsummer Mischief (The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon) – review by Carole Woddis.

It’s been a long time coming but the RSC are finally waking up to the idea that perhaps over the past fifty odd years there has been a bit of a gender disparity in its stable of writers and directors.

Anna Karenina.  Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg.

Anna Karenina. Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg.

The world famous Kirov Ballet, now reverting to the pre-Soviet name of The Mariinsky, is coming to London. Anna Karenina, which premièred in 2004 and has already been seen in London in 2011, is a stunningly cinematic interpretation of the famous Tolstoy novel choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, set to a disturbing score by renowned Soviet composer Rodion Shchedrin.

A First World Problem (Theatre 503, London) – review by Carole Woddis.

A First World Problem (Theatre 503, London) – review by Carole Woddis.

A First World Problem. Great title, an inversion of the usual glib, `third world’ moniker applied to anything outside the leading western and US economies! The problem as seen by Milly Thomas and director Holly Race Roughan is that of the education and development of some of the most elite girls in the Uk – the posh girls educated at Britain’s best.

Wonderland (Hampstead Theatre, London) – review by Carole Woddis.

Wonderland (Hampstead Theatre, London) – review by Carole Woddis.

The Miners’ Strike of 1984 split the country, from top to bottom. Chances are that Beth Steel’s Wonderland, tracing the lives of some of those involved may do the same.

Red Forest (Young Vic Theatre, London) – review by Carole Woddis.

Red Forest (Young Vic Theatre, London) – review by Carole Woddis.

  You don’t have to be a climate change fanatic to see the point of Red Forest.  But then again, you do have to applaud the very existence of Red Forest, coming as it does from the Belarus Free Theatre, a company whose founders and performers have had to run the gauntlet of political censorship(…)

East of Berlin (Southwark Playhouse) London – review – Carole Woddis.

East of Berlin (Southwark Playhouse) London – review – Carole Woddis.

  This is something of a coup for the small Southwark Playhouse at Elephant and Castle.  A European premiere of a widely praised work by Canadian, Hannah Moscovitch, East of Berlin was Moscovitch’s first full length play.  Widely praised when it opened in Toronto in 2009, it’s since been revived across the country.

Species of Trees and Other Landscapes, David Harker.

Species of Trees and Other Landscapes, David Harker.

This exhibition includes examples of David Harker’s project Species of Trees and drawings, paintings and prints from his portfolio of landscape imagery.