sat 21/10/2017

Features & Interviews

Fierce: the Birmingham festival which reaches out to Europe and beyond

Aaron Wright

Since its inception in 1997 Fierce, Birmingham’s International Festival of Live Art & Performance, has championed the work of performance makers not often seen in Britain. The pantheon of body artists under Mark Ball’s era as director included the likes of Franko B, Ron Athey and Kira O’Reilly.

2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards: the votes are in

Peter Quinn

Held auspiciously on the hundredth birthday of one of the giants of the music, composer and pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982), the winners of this year's Parliamentary Jazz Awards were announced at a congenial ceremony at London’s newest live venue, PizzaExpress Live Holborn.

'I come from there': how the Royal...

Elyse Dodgson

The autumn season of plays at the Royal Court leads with international work. B by Guillermo Calderón (from Chile), Bad Roads by Natal'ya Vorozhbit (...

Woody Guthrie: 'The true voice of the...

Liz Thomson

Some will rob you with a six-gunAnd some with a fountain pen.…I was around 12 years old when I first heard those lines, from “Pretty Boy Floyd”,...

'First read-throughs have magic': Simon...

Simon Stephens

All theatre workers have a day that they dread. For actors there is a particular terror about a first preview that can fuel those performances with...

'I’d never written a play as a single action before': David Eldridge on 'Beginning'

David Eldridge

The playwright explores the gestation of his new play for the National Theatre

Young Reviewer of the Year Award: the four finalists are...


Announcing the shortlist of our critics' competition, with extracts from each entry

h.Club 100 Awards: Broadcast - calling out around the world

Adam Sweeting

It's been said before, but the British are coming

Lammermuir Festival 2017 review - rich and deeply rewarding

David Kettle

Plenty to prokove, surprise and inspire in the East Lothian event

'Fanny Price’s pained silences gave me the impulse to write music for her'

Jonathan Dove

Jonathan Dove on the genesis and full orchestral premiere of his opera Mansfield Park

‘A massive party full of treats and surprises’: Annabel Arden on six mini masterpieces at Opera North

Annabel Arden

The director of two operas in the Little Greats festival waxes lyrical

'Making it new' - Blake Morrison on adaptation, and how his new play came to life

Blake Morrison

The writer on working with Northern Broadsides on 'For Love or Money'

Peter Hall: A Reminiscence

Matt Wolf

The colossus who founded the RSC and took the National to the Southbank is fondly remembered

'No matter where our intersections lie, we are all fundamentally connected'

Tanya Moodie

Tanya Moodie on the inspiration of Alice Childress's 'Trouble in Mind', opening at the Print Room

'We're Still Here': Rachel Trezise on her NTW play about Port Talbot steelworkers

Rachel Trezise

The novelist and playwright introduces her new verbatim play about the last industrial outpost in Wales

Aspiration, ecstasy, melancholy: 'The Tale' of Torbay

Philip Hoare

Three weekends of performance, sound and vision on the English Riviera

'The kaleidoscope of an entire lifetime of memories'

Maggie Bain

Maggie Bain on discovering the world of Manfred Karge's newly-revived 'Man to Man'

h.Club 100 Awards: Art, Design and Craft - weaving magic at Dovecot Tapestry Studio

Florence Hallett

Introducing one of this year's nominees, from a shortlist packed with talent

The 'self-experimenter': Howard Brenton on Strindberg in crisis

Howard Brenton

Brenton's new play 'The Blinding Light' tells the story of August Strindberg’s Paris breakdown

h.Club 100 Awards: Music - opening up the future

Thomas H Green

This year's shortlist recognises visionaries in the studio and music business

Sue Steward 1946-2017: She came, she saw, she salsa'd


The Arts Desk's adventurous music and photography critic remembered

Green Man Festival review - rustic Welsh epic is wet but joyful

Phoebe Michaelides

Until the rain inevitably arrives on Sunday, a rip-roaring success story

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Nitin Sawhney

Matthew Wright

Musical pioneer discusses Dystopian Dream for dancers, the nature of genius, and Ed Sheeran

h.Club 100 Awards: Film - in a blockbuster world, originality thrives

Tom Birchenough And Nick Hasted

Best of British: this year's shortlist salutes a new generation of independent film-makers

Christopher Shinn: 'I did not know if I would be alive and someone wanted me to write a play'

Christopher Shinn

The playwright explains the gestation of Against, his new play for the Almeida Theatre starring Ben Whishaw

h.Club 100 Awards: Theatre and Performance - is this a new golden age for the stage?

Matt Wolf

If this is a great era for theatre, it is not only welcome but necessary

Michael Volpe on a Requiem for Grenfell: 'one of the most remarkable evenings in our history'

Michael Volpe

Opera Holland Park's General Director on the company's response to losing a team member in the Grenfell Tower fire

When Sam Shepard was a Londoner

Jasper Rees

The great American playwright, who has died aged 73, spent three formative years in London. Those who were there remember

Lisa Jewell: 'I’d never killed anyone before'

Lisa Jewell

The bestselling author explains how she gave up relationship novels to write thrillers


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