Review: ‘Inspired By The East: how the Islamic world influenced western art’ @ the British Museum

The exhibition runs at the British Museum until 26 January 2020 (£12 for student concessions).

If you happen to be in London over the Christmas break, I would really recommend making a trip to this exhibition. The exhibition was laid out skilfully as you would expect from the British Museum, yet it is still worth carefully choosing your time to attend. Ideally go early or late so you have a chance to get close to the artefacts and are able to double back and see things in light of later objects. Some of the first things you see are drawings of Ottoman costumes which still have the vivacity of a contemporary sketch by a designer. These drawings work in brilliant concord with the later portraits. These draw on Ottoman models or are drawn from life. One particular portrait which stood out to me was of Sir Robert Sherley, by Anthony van Dyck, which shows an Elizabethan gentleman who was also the envoy to the Papal court for Shah Abbas I of Persia. As such you can see how complex identity can be and how fashion, as a form of art, expresses culture and social affiliations. Continue reading Review: ‘Inspired By The East: how the Islamic world influenced western art’ @ the British Museum

Review: Olafur Eliasson’s ‘In Real Life’ @ Tate Modern

The Tate Modern’s exhibition, In Real Life showcases Olafur Eliasson’s work at a scale that is truly breath-taking. This particularly immersive exhibition places the spectator at the centre of the art itself. Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist and this exhibition offers 40 of his works from 1990 to today. In Real Life features his sculptures, immersive installations, photography, and painting. Eliasson’s art is often inspired by his time spent in Iceland and is predisposed to concern elemental forces of nature and investigate human perception and our collective ability to sense the world around us. His installation pieces are abstract and the message behind his art can seem ambiguous. Therefore, the reception of his work is highly subjective. Continue reading Review: Olafur Eliasson’s ‘In Real Life’ @ Tate Modern

Review: Loneliness And Other Adventures @ Drayton Arms Theatre, Kensington

To describe Loneliness And Other Adventures in one word, it would be ‘relatable’. Writer and performer Mollie Semple has tapped into the consciousness of so many young women in this one-woman play, focusing on a twenty-one year-old woman as she attempts to deal with loneliness and the fear of dying alone. Under the direction of Sophie Leydon, Semple has crafted and performed a wonderful script, both touching and funny, that is sure to connect with anyone who has ever felt alone. Continue reading Review: Loneliness And Other Adventures @ Drayton Arms Theatre, Kensington

Woman in Black – The Northcott Theatre

27 Years on, The Woman in Black continues to terrify audiences today. On Monday 14th November 2016, The Woman in Black had its first performance at Exeter Northcott Theatre. As school kids and families alike waited outside in the foyer and café, there was a sense of anticipation and excitement in the air. Whether they had heard of the show’s previous reviews or had been … Continue reading Woman in Black – The Northcott Theatre

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

Was 1960s Britain as sexually liberal as we all thought? 2012 was the year the mod crept, tassel loafers intact, from the grave of British pop culture. The button up polo, the parka, and the wrinkled resurgence of the Stones all show a craving for 60s living. Even sport can’t escape it, as Bradley Wiggins (who’s partial to buttoning up his polo shirt and idolising Paul Weller) has been … Continue reading Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll

Play Without Words

Play Without Words is one of renowned choreographer Matthew Bourne’s most successful pieces. Created in 2002, the dance work received critical acclaim during its first showing which was produced by the National Theatre. Play Without Words went on to win the 2003 Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment and Best Theatre Choreographer and has proved popular with audiences as well as critics. The piece is set … Continue reading Play Without Words