Great Expectations – Review

Despite numerous adaptations of Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic novel Great Expectations, the production at the Vaudeville Theatre is, surprisingly, the first time it has been staged in the West End. Condensing the story’s 28 years into just over two hours is no mean feat, but, Jo Clifford and Graham McLaren’s adaptation rises to the challenge … Continue reading

Tom Vek gets Vice crowd aroused

Thursday night in East London’s Hearn Street Car Park venue saw London creatives, trendsetters and free drink lovers descend on the large warehouse-feel space for an evening full to brim with music, film and an extremely popular photo booth to celebrate leading fashion and lifestyle magazine VICE, launching their new website VICE.COM. The party that … Continue reading

Mindful of creativity

Last night saw the late view of Mindful at the cavernous Old Vic Tunnels. Launched with a gala dinner and auction hosted by Mind president Stephen Fry on Wednesday evening; Mindful is an exhibition and series of events to raise money for the creative therapies fund within Mind, the leading mental health charity in England … Continue reading

Last Night: THIS WAY UP at London Design Festival

London Design Festival has one hell of a gem with the British Council’s Architecture, Design, Fashion team in collaboration with leading creative agency Unity, design studio PAN and curator Pete Collard have created THIS WAY UP to showcase the British Council ADF team’s work, past and ongoing. We went along to last night’s private view and browsed the bulging Santa … Continue reading

Last Night: Rituals, Screaming and Lucky Charms

When you think about rituals the mind might move to thoughts of voodoo, demons, Ouija boards and protection spells or perhaps its just your daily beauty routine or route to work. Down in Peckham, a group of young artists have created a compelling exhibition exploring the use of rituals as a conduit for art. ‘Ubi … Continue reading

Last Night: Lady Gaga closes BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Never one to just turn up, do a small set and bugger off to her trailer and fly home, Lady Gaga is a performer, one that you feel would perform even in a retirement home when she is 99, even though the hip action might be a little less erratic. Last night the eccentric American … Continue reading

Last Night: CREEP Live at Shoreditch House

Last night I went to Shoreditch House to watch latest Brooklyn buzz band CREEP perform on the roof of East London’s own buzz venue, that is if you are a member or have a mate who is one. Another great find for Caius Pawson’s supreme indie label Young Turks, CREEP’s Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard … Continue reading

Last night: Flare Path, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Last night I went to the see Trevor Nunn’s magnificent revival of the Terence Rattigan play, Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London. Rattigan’s 1942 play centres around a Linconshire hotel in wartime Britain in the autumn of 1941, and the collective camaraderie of the bomber crews and the spirit of their partners. Part … Continue reading

Last night: NightJar, Shoreditch

Last night me and the gang that is the United Colours of Benneton reject models from 1999, headed to Shoreditch’s relatively new late night haunt, NightJar. Hidden away from all the Essex invasion that seems to have hit East London’s ‘trendy’ area of choice, NighJar offers a quaint, but beautifully decked out cocktail bar and … Continue reading

Last Night: Strummervile Spring Sessions

Last night Culture and Life went down to the Hearn Street Car Park in Shoreditch, London, for the latest Strummerville Sessions from the Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music for an event billed as one day festival to showcase great fresh, new music talent. Headlining the late afternoon event that went on all the way … Continue reading