Michael Bartholomew-Biggs welcomes the reappearance of some half-hidden R.S. Thomas poems
Thomas Ovans confronts some radical views expressed in radical verse in Steve Ely’s latest collection
Merryn Williams is pleased to get hold of the first – albeit brief – biography of the much admired Cornish poet Charles Causley.
Sarah Lawson has set her enjoyably teasing narrative ‘somewhere in a crease between the pages of the London A-Z’
Macbeth & Henry The Fifth (Little Angel Theatre & Unicorn Theatre, London) – reviews by Carole Woddis.
For a long time in this country, children’s theatre or theatre for young people was seen as a secondary art form. How things have changed. Proof, if it were needed, of this amazing sea-change was readily to hand last weekend when, by chance, Little Angel and the Unicorn both launched new productions based in Shakespeare and good enough for any 10 year old upwards to derive the greatest pleasure and entertainment.
David Greig’s latest, extraordinary play, The Events, first staged this year in Edinburgh at the Traverse during the festival, a clever, in many ways disturbing response to one of the major debates of our time; immigration and its affect on indigenous populations.
Anarchic British violinist Nigel Kennedy has been known to make less than flattering remarks about the usefulness of orchestral conductors. There’s a chance he might find it harder to criticise Israel’s Guy Braunstein, who is conductor and performer all in one, holding his violin in one hand and directing the orchestra with his other.
Arnold Wesker is now 81 and has written 49 plays. He tends often to be overlooked, perhaps because he has chosen to write and show he is writing from a Jewish, left wing perspective. No great sin you might think but still in England, it’s best to keep your roots, let’s say, under wraps.
The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas takes a searing swipe at the masters of the universe types – moguls, tycoons, bankers, top financiers and the like – peers unflinchingly into the hearts of darkness and asks, what drives them? His answer is emptiness, lies and maybe, just maybe, the `courage’ to go all the way.
Johann Strauss’ comic opera is given a brilliant Freudian interpretation in Christopher Alden’s daring version – a co-production with ENO and the Canadian Opera Company.
Thomas Ovans considers a painstakingly researched work of aviation history by Peter Amos and looks for the human story behind the weights, dimensions and performance data
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs considers a literary encounter that might have taken place in 1930s London