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 – Scott

London Grip Poetry Review – Scott

After reading his New & Selected Poems, David Cooke admires the way that David Scott avoids tricks and consistently plays to his strengths 

Accolade (St James Theatre) – review by Carole Woddis.

Accolade (St James Theatre) – review by Carole Woddis.

  Take a spot of Rattigan (middle class English repression), add a spoonful of Coward (secret lives) and Priestley (outsider who overturns the apple cart) then a decisive twist of Welsh bohemian a la Dylan Thomas and what do you have? A rediscovered 1950s domestic drama that rings all sorts of contemporary bells, Emlyn Williams’s(…)

London Grip Poetry Review – Lowe

London Grip Poetry Review – Lowe

Hannah Lowe’s new poetry chapbook is a powerful blend of information and imagination, says Thomas Ovans

Wildfire/The Frida Kahlo of Penge West – review by Carole Woddis

Wildfire/The Frida Kahlo of Penge West – review by Carole Woddis

Wildfire gives us a contemporary run-down of a police force, the Met, where the pressures of having to respond to an increasingly violent society corrode even the most idealistic of recruits.
The Frida Kahlo of Penge West is a two-woman show about an egocentric actor’s determination to put on a one-woman show about the famous surrealist Mexican artist.

London Grip Poetry Review – McEwen

London Grip Poetry Review – McEwen

John Forth observes that Ian McEwen makes poetry out of some unlikely material.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), after William Shakespeare, Barbican. Review by Julia Pascal.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), after William Shakespeare, Barbican. Review by Julia Pascal.

  Perhaps the most tedious part of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the Pyramus and Thisbe interlude but director Dmitry Krymov has made it a wonderful spectacle of surrealism and circus.

London Grip Poetry Review – Salway

London Grip Poetry Review – Salway

Rosie Johnston finds that Sarah Salway’s poetic guide to the gardens of Kent is a book to be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors.

London Grip Poetry Review – Caesar

London Grip Poetry Review – Caesar

Paul McLoughlin admires the substance as well as the style of Adrian Caesar’s poetry

Matisse. MOMA NYC. Review by Julia Pascal.

Matisse. MOMA NYC. Review by Julia Pascal.

Matisse’s original idea of producing this cut and paste art form in the 1940s, was a major breakthrough in minimalism. The genius of a great artist is to make complex work in a simple way.

Mavis Staples. Lincoln Center. White Light Festival. Review by Julia Pascal.

Mavis Staples. Lincoln Center. White Light Festival. Review by Julia Pascal.

Mavis Staples is an icon of the civil rights movement and her music is born of the gospel movement.  Her voice is raspy.  Her presence is gutsy.

Itamar Zorman, Violin, Kwan Yi, Piano. Carnegie Hall. Review by Julia Pascal.

Itamar Zorman, Violin, Kwan Yi, Piano. Carnegie Hall. Review by Julia Pascal.

  Two young stars were seen at Carnegie Hall tonight as they offered an eclectic programme.There is an easy camaraderie between Itamar Zorman and the equally gifted pianist Kwan Yi which transmits across the hall.

London Grip Poetry Review – Bird

London Grip Poetry Review – Bird

Chris Beckett finds himself wanting more from Julia Bird’s idiosyncratic menu of poetry subjects and styles