Merely a year separates the Leonard Bernstein musical Candide and J C Sherriff’s The White Carnation but they could have come from different planets.
I first came across the work of Delhi born artist Dayanita Singh in an exhibition and book, Myself Mona Ahmed (2001), a photo-essay about an aging eunuch transsexual (hijra) living in a graveyard in Old Delhi. In this extraordinary body of work – the book contains various different kinds of text alongside the photographs) – one sensed not only compassion, but a collaboration between the person in front of the camera, and the one looking through the lens.
Merryn Williams gets an insight into the craft of the prose poem by reading John Freeman’s new collection
* This issue of London Grip features new poems by: *Murray Bodo *Ian House *Louise Warren *David Cooke *Benjamin Smith *Kerrin P Sharpe *Stephen Claughton *Martyn Crucefix *Sue Rose *Carol DeVaughn *Stephen Oliver *Merryn Williams *Sarah Glaz *Brian Docherty * Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya *Graham Burchell *Nancy Mattson *John Snelling *Vaughan Rapatahana *Kate Foley *Martin Burke *Robert […]
Paul McLoughlin reviews a collection set in the 1930s which recreates a lost age that was both golden and flawed.
Thomas Ovans glances back at the ITV series of Poirot adventures which recently came to an end
It is always interesting to pinpoint the moment when one becomes conscious of a change of mood or orientation in contemporary artistic practices. Something has emerged that offers quite a different tonic. This ‘something’ might be termed ‘mindful matter’: it is materialism with a twist, or with a new twist.
It’s now 50 years since Lee Harvey Oswald is said to have pulled the trigger in the Book Depository building opposite from John F Kennedy’s cavalcade as it made its way through downtown Dallas. Forty eight hours later, as he was being transferred to a county jail, he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby.
In her new collection of stories, Deborah Tyler-Bennett gives a lively evocation of 1940s Music Hall, both on and off the stage
Immersive art is enjoying a sparkling revival this year with the rapidly growing popularity of Secret Cinema, then Punchdrunk’s sell-out immersive production of The Drowned Man. This Christmas opera is also going immersive, with a new production of Hansel and Gretel in a former cricket-bat factory in the heart of Peckham.
This is a wonderful, epic and cinematic work which also plays with the language of theatre. Shechter’s intelligent creation explores violence by constantly playing with audience expectation and overturning it through humour, political allusion and challenging choreography.
In 1931, in Alabama, a terrible miscarriage of justice took place. Nine young African-Americans were arrested on a trumped up charge for rape on two young white women. All nine were sentenced to death.