The Dirty 30 II: Electric pay-per-view. Review by Barbara Lewis. Instead of loud applause and cheers, “you were spectacularly fabulous,” pops up on the side of the screen from an online viewer, as the imaginary curtain goes down on the Degenerate Fox theatre’s online adaptation to the times we’re in.
Farleys House and Gallery, Home of the Surrealists, Muddles Green. Review by Barbara Lewis. In pandemic times Farleys House visits have slowed to a trickle, throwing the economics into jeopardy.
Fetishism Psychoanalysis Anthropology & Crazy Love. Review by Barbara Lewis. Psychotherapist Patricia Morris undertakes a brave, elegantly-argued and learned analysis, enriched by her years of professional experience, to pin down the meaning of one very particular word – fetishism – and explore its distortion by anthropologists.
Hastings Contemporary. Quentin Blake: We Live in Worrying Times. Victor Pasmore: Line and Space. Review by Barbara Lewis. The short history of Hastings Contemporary art gallery has so far been troubled. Before it was built, it divided opinion.
Pallant House Gallery. Barnett Freedman: Designs for Modern Britain. Review by Barbara Lewis. Painter and teacher Paul Nash referred to the group of artists he taught in the early 1920s as “an outbreak of talent”.
Ghost Light, National Theatre of Scotland film. A theatre never goes completely dark, even in lockdown: a single light bulb, known as a ghost light, carries on glowing like a sanctuary lamp.
An unexpected joy of lockdown is seeing world-class performers in their natural habitats. Habitat is the apposite word for Simon Keenlyside, who read zoology at Cambridge before focusing on his operatic career and who describes a love of nature as “the marrow” of his existence. He looks to music for its validation.
For Wasfi Kani, the unstoppable founder of Grange Park Opera, even a pandemic is only a temporary setback. As soon as she had accepted this summer’s country house opera season at The Theatre in the Woods was lost, she set about mobilising the “pandemicists” and amassing funding for a Found season.