Northern Ireland’s permanent representation in Brussels periodically brings to the capital of Europe a sample of Northern Irish culture in a spirit of cross-cultural exchange that risks being disrupted in the event of a Brexit.
This biopic comes with well deserved accolades from the 2015 Edinburgh Festival. It is a wonderful musical journey around Joplin’s short life.
First performed in Vienna in 1782, the plot of this Mozart opera seems very silly. However, this is a provocative opera for our times. It is beautiful, funny and disturbing.
Wars of the Roses/Pure Imagination (Rose Theatre, Kingston; St James Theatre, London) – reviews by Carole Woddis.
Peter Hall and John Barton’s The Wars of the Roses in 1963 was a defining moment, one of many for the RSC in the 1960s.
On a completely different note, award-winning writer/composer/songwriter Leslie Bricusse is being celebrated in a musical entitled Pure Imagination – a compilation of his best-known and other songs.
What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined (Menier Chocolate Factory, London) – review by Carole Woddis.
Anyone growing up in the Sixties will have something of Burt Bacharach in their DNA. The Look of Love, Reach Out For Me, I Say a Little Prayer, Anyone Who Had a Heart…the list is endless of the songs which, with lyricist Hal David, brought Bacharach six Grammys, three Oscars and a staggering 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits.
The Hideaway, Streatham presents Tracy Coleman. The story of the Great War told through songs of the period with original compositions by Paul Sand.
One of Britain’s biggest pop icons and one of France’s intellectual giants have more in common than you might think.
Oh What a Lovely War – the musical (Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, then touring) – review by Carole Woddis. Joan Littlewood’s Oh What A Lovely War has turned into one of those shows that goes beyond iconic.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the first world war Tracy Coleman will present a sung narration of the war with original material by Paul Sand and iconic songs of the time.
Embracing art’s ability to transcend national divisions, a young pan-European ensemble delivered Tchaikovsky at his most triumphantly Russian, as part of a vivacious and compelling beginning to its new season, known as the Hulencourt Art Project, which runs until May next year.
John Adams’ latest opera, with libretto and production by Peter Sellars, is an episodic and experimental take on elements of the New Testament which mixes texts from radical liberation theology to parts of the King James’ Bible.
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.