Shhh! An Evening of (Not So) Silent Films – 22/02/2009 – The Arches

2nd March 2009

Oisín Kealy Before we are shown the student films which this evening is advertised around, each band involved are get to to express themselves through their own choice of stock footage. First to get this opportunity is Dolby Anol/Ben Butler and Mousepad, and they don’t ease us in. As they run in circles around the ...


Peter Doherty – 24/02/2009 – The Arches

2nd March 2009

Laura Cernis Languorous types Ex-Lovers kick off tonight’s proceedings.   Sadly, their half-dreamy, half-bored take on inter-band relationships (as The NME would have it) loses its wintery, ethereal quality in a space so huge and is simply lost on the disinterested crowd. It’s somewhat of a shame; in a smaller venue the sleepy calling of their ...


Emmy: the greatest show on Earth?

2nd March 2009

Emmy the Great’s frontwoman stops to talk Cantopop, Sweet Valley High and Samuel Beckett with Oisín Kealy Emma-Lee Moss has been ‘next year’s big thing’ since 2006. This year, she’s more of a buried treasure. It seems folk was last year, with Noah and the Whale omnipresent on the radio and Laura Marling feyly slinking ...


Swap shop

2nd March 2009

Michelle Williams Gloom is looming, credit is crunching, and it’s still too expensive to turn the heating on. Given the ever more realistic prospect that none of us may ever find the proper job we need to fend off the dreaded Student Loans repayment man, it’s time to be realistic about our spending habits. As ...


Espresso yourself

2nd March 2009

Claire Strickett ups her caffeine intake and reviews coffee houses in the West End There are times in life — after a grilling in your 9am tutorial; when you have 1000 words to go on your essay the day before the deadline — when only a coffee will do. Nothing compares to the kick of ...


Giving weight to proceedings

2nd March 2009

Markee Rambo-Hood on a bold but flawed performance of Paperweight at the Citizens Theatre Paperweight details the struggle of two office workers and the monotony of their office life. The play follows a working day in the life of Harry and Anthony (devised and played by Tom Frankland and Sebastien Lawson), whose time is filled ...


Heretics and Philistines

2nd March 2009

Dominic Maxwell-Lewis is disappointed by the Tron’s overambition in Defender of the Faith Set in a farmhouse on the Irish border against a backdrop of uncompromising republicanism, Defender of The Faith tells the story of a family torn apart by an allegiance to the IRA. The play follows the story of a subsequent search for ...


Learning some manners

2nd March 2009

Willy Russell’s classic drama is starting to show its age, writes Tom Bonnick Staging productions of plays that have already been made into widely acclaimed, arguably better, films always seems like a daring gambit, and perhaps for this reason alone, the Citizens’ new production of Educating Rita deserves some credit, even if Emma Cunniffe and ...


No encouragement needed

2nd March 2009

Tom Bonnick Rebecca Stott once wrote that one in four listeners of Radio 4 have started writing a novel, a statistic which, anecdotally speaking, I can attest to. Given the unbelievably large, exponential growth in the numbers of published books, aspiring writers and cherished manuscripts produced every year, it seems equally fitting that a number ...


A crass examination

2nd March 2009

A spectacular set is let down by poor timing in An Inspector Calls, writes Sarah Smith Having seen, and loved, Stephen Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls five years ago, I had high expectations for this performance. Unfortunately, whilst the performance on a whole was up to the standards I was hoping for, there were ...