Stage

Entertaining Mr Sloane at Derby Theatre

Sloane 01Entertaining Mr Sloane from London Classic Theatre at Derby Theatre tells the story of a young man, the titular Sloane, who finds his way into the life of lonely, sequestered Kath; her controlling brother Ed and her father: sidelined, yet the only one seemingly able to see through Sloane’s charm. As Sloane embeds himself in their lives, he begins to take advantage of the competing attentions of Kath and Ed yet as the young interloper looks set to monopolise on the situation the cunning of his benefactors threatens to undermine his cosy position. Continue reading

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Reviews, Screen, Uncategorized

InRealLife, with a Q&A featuring director Beeban Kidron and Jon Snow

In Real Life is one of the oldest internet acronyms, IRL, used to denote everything that happens away from the internet.  Yet as this documentary shows, for young people growing up now that really might not be much, as the internet and phone technology has taken over communication and friendship at speed.  I’m 30 and my smartphone rarely leaves my side, but my job also involves supporting young people online, so this documentary was a must-see.  In parts terrifying, but also at times warm and sweet, I feel like it should be a must-watch for parents and youth workers alike!

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Coming Up, Dance, Events, Festivals, Music, Stage, Visual Art

Derby Festé is this weekend!

So Derby Festé is this weekend, I’ve just booked my ticket for the opening night’s performance and it seems a good time to get excited about my favourite weekend of the year.  Dubbed by The Guardian as “one of the most exciting UK festivals for outdoor performance”, all sorts of eccentric and unpredictable performers take over Derby City Centre. I’m already planning what I want to see and where I need to be.

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Reviews, Stage

Kes at Derby Theatre

Kes Production Photography © Robert Day

Kes, based on the book A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines, and made famous by a Ken Loach film adaptation, is Derby Theatre’s second homegrown production under the stewardship of Creative Director Sarah Brigham. The first was the raucous – and excellent – Cooking with Elvis, but could Derby theatre follow it up and avoid the sophomore slump?

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Doug Fishbone and Friends: Adventureland Golf at QUAD

Described as crazy golf with an artistic twist, QUAD‘s gallery has been turned into a golf course for the last couple of weeks with the exhibition of Doug Fishbone and Friends: Adventureland Golf.  Free to view, or £2 to rent a ball and club and play, it’s hard to know whether to experience the course as a work of art or as an amusement. I played through with some other Clockwork Orrery contributors this week to give it a go.
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Events, Music, Screen

Holy Smokes! at Déda, featuring Tetsuo, the Iron Man with soundtrack by NASDAQ

If you’d asked me what I thought Tetsuo, The Iron Man was a couple of weeks ago I would have guessed that it was about a giant robot stomping about and battling beasties in miniature Japanese cities. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Last Saturday’s Holy Smokes! night at Déda featured as its main event the film shown with a live soundtrack by post-rock band NASDAQ, organised in part by Satori Screen, QUAD’s monthly Asian cinema night. Continue reading

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