Headlong theatre company's new production of George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984

1984: Is George Orwell Still Relevant?

In light of a new stage adaptation, Fred Johnson analyses present day surveillance and proposes that the reality isn’t as awful as Orwell made it out to be… George Orwell’s novel 1984, first published in 1949,...

Manchester Contemporary/Buy Art Fair

The Manchester Contemporary/Buy Art Fair 2013 — Reviewed

Art fair novice and Fine Art student Maja Lorkowska asks: what makes art ‘sellable’? And does that make it great art? As an art fair novice, I felt my way carefully through The...


Culture Diary w/c 28-10-13

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool, London and Manchester… PICK OF THE WEEK: Tuesday – 1984 7.30pm @ the Liverpool Playhouse £12-£23 A play performed in 2013...

Benedict Cumberbatch (Assange) and Daniel Brühl (Berg) in The Fifth Estate

WikiLeaks: The Fifth Estate
Vs We Steal Secrets

Two films about the whistleblowing website Wikileaks were released this year – a documentary and a thriller. But which comes out on top? We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (July 2013), director Alex...

Bridge of Sighs. Photo courtesy Peter Goodbody

Venice Biennale 2013 — In Pictures

Photographer Peter Goodbody walks us through his Venice Biennale… starting with Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuş’ performative celebration of the biennale (above), The Romanian Pavilion Above: Sailing under The Bridge of Sighs Il Palazzo...

Tea in the British Pavilion. Photo courtesy Peter Goodbody

Venice Biennale and
Tea at the British Pavilion

Peter Goodbody extols the virtues of tea as the perfect way to enjoy the world’s oldest arts festival… Most things are made better by a nice cup of tea, even riots and invasions...


Subversive: George A. Romero

It is a pleasing truth that there is more at play in the films of George A. Romero than mere blood and guts…  Though hardly the first director to tackle Zombies (it is...

On the verge

Writer On the Verge

What is at play in the mind of the live art critic? C James Fagan explores the realities of reporting on the genre… I’ve been going to and writing about performance and live...


Culture Diary w/c 21-10-13

What’s hot this week? Our pick of the listings from around Liverpool, London and Manchester… Monday – Magic Arm 8pm @ Leaf £5 Described by Iron & Wine’s Samuel Beam as a “master...