Dodger Phillips (Mrs Tapscrew) and Christopher Dingli (Mr Tapscrew) Photo by Robert Day

I Was A Rat! – Reviewed

A new production at the Playhouse is a show dead-set on pleasing all of the people all of the time. Is it a success? Demonisation of children and a scurrilous tabloid press in...

Rogues' Galleries

Rogues’ Galleries – Reviewed

With high streets taking a hit from the recession, Chester finds a novel way of injecting life back into empty spaces … If you’re in Chester to do a bit of shopping, you...

If Only ...! @ the Bluecoat

If Only…! – Reviewed

Taking place on the  anniversary of the Bluecoat’s reopening, C James Fagan reflects on the most recent If Only…! Last weekend saw the fifth anniversary of the reopening of the Bluecoat which, fact...

Philip Pullman's I Was A Rat!

Culture Diary w/c 18-03-13

Monday – Wild Nothing 7.30pm @ the Kazimier £8 Shoegaze, dream-pop, call it what you will; whatever ‘it’ is, Wild Nothing have it in abundance. First single, 2009′s Summer Holiday (taken from 2010′s...

Broken (2012)

Film Podcast #25: Broken and Caesar Must Die

Film Podcast #25: Broken and Caesar Must Die by The Double Negative on Mixcloud DW Mault reviews violent family drama Broken, and Italian prison docudrama Caesar Must Die. Loosely based on To Kill...

New Art Club's Feel About Your Body (How Do You?)

How Do You Feel?

C James Fagan finds that rarest of things: a performance piece it’s ok to laugh at… How do you feel? How do you feel about your body? That phrase is bouncing around my...

The Spirit of 45 (image copyright BBC)

Ken Loach and The Spirit of ’45

DW Mault talks to director Ken Loach about new film The Spirit of ’45, his appearance on Question Time and the new left… Ken Loach exists in a vacuum, a place unloved and...

Team Upitup

Upitup Are 10!

Next week sees underground electronic label Upitup Records celebrate a decade swimming against the tide… In a city dominated by guitar music, it’s heartening that with passion and talent, a group of electronic...


Bullhead – Previewed

DW Mault can’t help but be impressed by a stunning physical performance in Michaël R. Roskam’s Bullhead… Hunter S Thompson was fond of quoting Samuel Johnson as an explanation for his attempt (and failure)...