sat 18/11/2017

Features & Interviews

Highlights from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 - raw emotion, not always human

Bill Knight

What does it take to be included in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition? This year 2,423 photographers entered 5,717 images: 2,373 of those photographers are left wondering what it takes to make the grade.

Out from the Darkness: painting out prison

Patrick Maguire

When I was sent to an adult high security prison aged 14 all the normal colour, shapes and movement that I saw around me each and every day as a child disappeared. It wasn’t there. Prison does that; it’s all straight lines, hard on the eye, hard to the touch. There are square walls or oblongs but there are no triangles, no interesting shapes.

Iceland Airwaves 2017 review - political change...

Kieron Tyler

Óttarr Proppé, the stylish chap pictured above, was appointed Iceland’s Minister of Health in January this year. Last Saturday, when the shot was...

'Singers must act better than ever before...

Selina Cadell

"Vary the song, O London, change!" sings Tom Rakewell as he tires of the great metropolis. WH Auden and Chester Kallman's libretto for Stravinsky's...

Soldier On: a theatrical treatment of PTSD

Jonathan Lewis

I was invalided out of the army in 1986. I’d been an army scholar through school and had a bursary at university. I went on to drama school then...

'Their DNA is forever ingrained in the keys' - Roman Rabinovich on playing composers' own pianos

Roman Rabinovich

Cobbe Collection revelations compared with the same works on a modern Steinway

theartsdesk at the Viennale: shunning the 'illusion machine'

Demetrios Matheou

The Vienna film festival overcame tragedy to present a typically provocative programme

In search of Proust's 'Vinteuil Sonata': violinist Maria Milstein on the writer's musical mystery

Maria Milstein

How French composers' works for violin and piano complement 'In Search of Lost Time'

'This is how it happened': Tom MacRae on writing Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Tom MacRae

How the musical about a boy who wanted to go to the school prom dressed as a girl was created

ArtReview Power 100 - an artist tops the list

Marina Vaizey

The annual stocktake of the art world's main players is published

Oliver Sacks: The River of Consciousness review - a luminous final collection of essays

Marina Vaizey

Intellectual rigour, huge humanity: a farewell gift from the great neurologist

theartsdesk Q&A: Homer Flynn, spokesman for The Residents

Kieron Tyler

A revealing face-to-face conversation with the man closest to the eyeball-headed musical outsiders

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

Aaron Wright

The new artistic director of the international showcase of live art and performance says what's coming

2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards: the votes are in

Peter Quinn

Exciting times for UK jazz celebrated at premier awards for the music

'I come from there': how the Royal Court brought home plays from Ukraine, Chile and Syria

Elyse Dodgson

The Court's international director explores the roots of this autumn's international season

Woody Guthrie: 'The true voice of the American spirit'

Liz Thomson

Fifty years on from his death, a box set celebrates the folk singer hailed by Bob Dylan

'First read-throughs have magic': Simon Stephens on Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Simon Stephens

The playwright describes the first day of rehearsal of a new play produced by a new company

'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'


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