Monthly Archives: July 2013

Strange Interlude, Welcome Asides

National Theatre Performance date: 10 July 2013 When originally performed in 1928, Eugene O’Neill’s Strange Interlude, was well over four hours long. Four hours is hardly an interlude. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama that year, but hasn’t aged well. The plot line and much of the dialogue spoken between characters would not […]

Merrily We Roll Along… and Along

Merrily We Roll Along Harold Pinter Theatre Performance date: 4 July 2013, matinee 2003: the second Iraq war begins, Nina Simone dies, and further tragedy strikes when Delta Goodrem’s first album charts at number one. What’s a 19-year-old university student do to take her mind off her these and Contract Law study troubles? Why, head […]

28 Dates Later… love not zombies at the BBC

28 Dates Later BBC Radio Studios Attended: 3 July 2013 I was already on a high seeing a real-life Dalek* – funnily enough on the same day that Prince Charles had met one and exhorted it to “exterminate”.   Then I saw a Tardis. Then I looked out over the BBC News Room from the cafe […]

What Modern Sculpture Can Reveal

Ron Mueck  Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris Attended 30 June 2013 After seeing stunning classical sculptures in Rome recently, some friends and I discussed modern sculpture and what would be remembered from our time. Are there works which will have the capacity to move people as effectively as the sight of Plutos’ hand sinking […]

The Lumineers in the City of Light

L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix, Paris Performance date: 28 June 2013 Touring a debut album of under 40 minutes in length could be problematic. The Lumineers, a 5-piece folk outfit based in Denver, Colarado, ignored any qualms and rode the wave of blithe enthusiasm which permeates their music and gave a stomping, if short, performance in Paris […]