The Match Box, Leanne Best as Sal

The Match Box – Reviewed


The Match Box, Frank McGuinness’s new play has had its run extended once more at the Playhouse Studio. Just what makes it so compelling?  There’s no hiding in the Playhouse Studio. It is...

Artist of the Month: Will Daw

Artist of the Month: Will Daw


Meet Will Daw, one-time Ninja warrior, and our latest Artist of the Month… The thing about doing this job is that, necessarily, you are thrown in the way of arts practitioners. Getting to...

God's Official

God’s Official @ the Unity Theatre – Reviewed


Slap bang in the middle of the European Championships, would a play featuring a kidnapped referee prove well-timed or enhance our football fatigue? Football, it’s a funny old game. Or so they say....

Paul Collinson, Temple of Ancient Virtue, 2010

John Moores Painting Prize: exhibitors announced


The exhibitors of the 2012 John Moores Painting Prize were announced today. We spoke to one of those selected by the judges… In 1957, Sir John Moores (plain old John Moores at that...

Philosophy Hill at Humble Market: Trade Secrets

The Humble Market: Trade Secrets


Voyage of discovery, or experiment on how to best make use of gallery space? C James Fagan signed up for the Humble Market experience. Is it me, or is it hot in here?...

Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature

NT Encore: Frankenstein


Ahead of FACT’s re-showing of Danny Boyle’s take on Frankenstein, Alison Cornmell recalls an electrifying performance from Benedict Cumberbatch… Last year, for the first time ever, National Theatre Live broadcast two separate performances...

Monet, Water Lilies

Turner Monet Twombly – In Conversation


Tate’s latest exhibition brings together three men separated by eras. We spoke to exhibition curator Jeremy Lewison to see what unites them… It seems year on year, as summer time comes around, it...

Oil boom, Delta burns: the photographs of George Osodi

Black Gold and Delta Blues


James West visits Oil boom, Delta burns at the International Slavery Museum… This small but evocative exhibition featuring the work of African photojournalist George Osodi examines the impact of the oil industry in...

Mary Pearson, Failure

Failure Explored


C James Fagan on the latest performance piece at the Bluecoat asks, what is failure anyway? Failure, that twin impostor of success. The thing which is always at our side, waiting to take...