If you don’t know Burgh House, Hampstead, you should. It’s a beautiful Queen Anne mansion with many original features that functions as a museum and arts centre. It also has a carefully planted garden and houses the Buttery Café, which has an ambience to my mind considerably more attractive than some of […]
In our modern, toxic world, the perfect embodiment of the endless struggle between good and evil could be the green warrior versus the polluter.
Ultimately, that’s the premise of The Toxic Avenger, the rock musical, which director Benji Sperring happened to see during one free afternoon off-Broadway in New York in 2009.
Emma Lee enjoys the translated poems by Emilia Ivancu but regrets not having copies of the originals
Emma Lee explores a focussed and sensual collection by Kate Noakes
Some lies are so pleasant that we cheerfully believe them. It’s the premise that underlies the illusory appeal of theatre and especially musical theatre. And it makes the 19th-century scandal of a beautiful young woman who lied her way from rags to riches by pretending to be a shipwrecked princess perfect subject-matter for Phil Willmott, one of the nation’s most adept musical theatre professionals.
Between 1560 and 1630, Europe experienced the worst of a Little Ice Age characterised by long, cold winters. The cruel weather coincided with the most intensive period of witch hunts in history. Bruegel the elder, is credited with leading the way as Flemish and Dutch artists developed what is now the popular image of a witch, flying on a broomstick with her ragged hair streaming in the wind.
From stylised art nouveau temptresses to giant Tintin cartoons, Brussels has an established tradition of putting art on the outside of its buildings as well as inside. The capital’s newest gallery in a former brewery in Molenbeek – the neighbourhood notorious as a breeding ground of the Paris and Brussels terror attacks – captures that spirit.
D A Prince reviews a narrative collection by Carole Coates and admires both the story and the way it is told
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs draws together his impressions of a novel multi-media show that combines poetry music and film.
Thomas Ovans samples the varied themes in a new collection by Malcolm Carson
Pam Thompson considers Maura Dooley‘s slim but substantial chapbook inspired by a residency at Jane Austen’s house.
Paul McLoughlin takes a thoughtful look at Sarah Howe’s Eliot prizewinning collection – and some issues arising from its success.