sun 14/08/2022

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Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 14 August 2022
“Telstar” was released 60 years ago this week. On 17 August 1962, British record buyers could purchase the second single by The Tornados, a band whose claim to fame until then was...
David Kettle
Saturday, 13 August 2022
First, a bit of housekeeping. Maybe it was the three-and-a-half-hour duration, or maybe the unfamiliar Sri Lankan subject matter, or maybe even the very un-festival-like hot...
David Nice
Saturday, 13 August 2022
Klaus Mäkelä, 26-year old chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris, lined up for the same role at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2027, knows exactly...
Veronica Lee
Saturday, 13 August 2022
Sara Barron, Pleasance Courtyard ★★★★Sara Barron is known for her no-holds-barred comedy style – or “American energy” as another mum at her son’s school calls it – ...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 13 August 2022
 Fauré: Complete Songs Cyrille Dubois (tenor), Tristan Raës (piano) (Aparté/ Palazzetto Bru Zane)Forget streaming. Go and buy albums. This 3-CD box set of Fauré songs by...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 13 August 2022
Cass McCombs has something of the detailed, opaque depth of his late peer Jason Molina, with more taste for pop shapes under a broader musical canvas, while still in the Americana...
Boyd Tonkin
Friday, 12 August 2022
Proper music tells stories just about itself, the stern pedagogues insist; it doesn’t (or anyway shouldn’t) paint...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 12 August 2022
The last couple of series of Shetland (BBC One) brought the previously much-loved series alarmingly close to shark-jumping...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 12 August 2022
This is a romantic historical epic with elan, giving sensual immediacy to a fanciful secret history of the Eiffel Tower,...
David Kettle
Friday, 12 August 2022
Temping, Assembly George Square Studios ★★★★Sarah Jane is away in Hawaii. But don’t worry – she’s left plenty of...
Demetrios Matheou
Friday, 12 August 2022
Writer/director Jordan Peele’s first two features were horror films with bells on, their genuinely creepy chills accompanied...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 12 August 2022
Afghanistan Is Not Funny, Gilded Balloon ★★★★ Henry Naylor’s Arabian Nightmares trilogy - about the West’s...
Bill Knight
Thursday, 11 August 2022
Les Rencontres d’Arles 2022 is upon us and the town has given itself over to photography once again. As you walk through the...
David Kettle
Thursday, 11 August 2022
Every Word was Once an Animal, Zoo Southside ★★★★Ghent-based theatre company Ontroerend Goed have been prodding and...
Christopher Lambton
Thursday, 11 August 2022
The last-minute indisposition of your leading lady is enough to give festival directors palpitations, let alone their...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 11 August 2022
Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Monkey Barrel ★★★★Wearing a heavily sequinned leotard - she thought this was how we’d all dress...
Joe Muggs
Thursday, 11 August 2022
The journey of Ross “Hudson Mohawke” Birchard has been truly one of the most extraordinary in modern music. From teenage...
Boyd Tonkin
Wednesday, 10 August 2022
The Ulster Orchestra’s Prom finished early to accommodate a late-night concert by the esteemed Tredegar Band – but by then,...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 10 August 2022
Has the pandemic made us more angry? Although Francesca Martinez’s debut play, which is at the National Theatre, was...

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2022: COLIN HOULT / NICK HELM / SUSIE MCCABE A sad adieu, a pandemic experience and the awfulness of hen dos

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2022: KIRI PRITCHARD-MCCLEAN / LOU SANDERS / SNORT Exploring Welsh identity; rollerskating diaries; New Zealand improv

★★★ KASABIAN - THE ALCHEMIST'S EUPHORIA Ambitious but comfortable return in new line-up

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2022: THE LAST RETURN / PSYCHODRAMA / EXODUS Three shows at the Traverse take in gritty realism and no-holds-barred farce

★★★ SHETLAND, SERIES 7, BBC ONE Can new series recapture the show's former glories?

★★★ ALL OF US, NATIONAL THEATRE Revelatory, but problematic


★★★★★, PROM 31, ALDER, ULSTER ORCHESTRA, RUSTIONI A summer night's dream

★★★ EIFFEL Concocted romance gives the Eiffel Tower shaky but lavishly entertaining foundations

★★★★ RUSALKA, EIF 2022 Total triumph for replacement water-nymph Elin Pritchard

disc of the day

Album: Cass McCombs - Heartmind

Lightly worn, lilting beauty as a beloved American singer-songwriter honours his dead


Murder in Provence, ITV review - a little light sleuthing amid fabulous French scenery

Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll make an urbane crime-solving duo

The Newsreader, BBC Two review - a drama series of welcome substance from Australia

It's 1986, and a Melbourne TV news team are battling rival stations and each other


Eiffel review - sensuous secret history

Concocted romance gives the Eiffel Tower shaky but lavishly entertaining foundations

Nope review - more a nope than a yep

Jordan Peele fails to reach his own extremely high bar, with this so-so genre mashup

Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC review - cheap thrills

Chasteningly mundane history of punk venue Max's, plus Sid Vicious' last stand

new music

Music Reissues Weekly: The Telstar Story, The Heinz Sessions Vol. 1

Bounteous yield from Joe Meek’s for-real legendary ‘Tea Chest Tapes’

Album: Cass McCombs - Heartmind

Lightly worn, lilting beauty as a beloved American singer-songwriter honours his dead

Album: Hudson Mohawke - Cry Sugar

An apocalyptic masterpiece from the Glaswegian dance pioneer


Prom 35, Wang, Oslo Philharmonic, Mäkelä review - crystalline fantasy and levitational brilliance

Sibelius goes deepest, but airborne entertainment elevates Liszt and RIchard Strauss

Prom 34, Soltani, BBC Philharmonic, Ollikainen review - journeys into inner worlds

Nordic and English colours blend in musical landscapes of the heart


theartsdesk at the Bayreuth Festival Ring 2022 - a jumbled mess of ideas, some of them compelling

A Tarantino-style Ring cycle offers many inspired scenes, but little coherence or depth


Counting and Cracking, Edinburgh International Festival 2022 review - ambitious, powerful, but sadly under-attended
A multi-layered, multi-generational theatrical epic is one of this year's stand-out offerings
Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Temping / Work.txt
Two performer-less shows on the theme of work set the audience to - well, work
Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Afghanistan Is Not Funny / Yippee Ki Yay / Eh Up, Me Old Flowers!
War as entertainment, Die Hard as an epic poem, and a potted biography


theartsdesk at the Ravenna Festival 2022 - body and soul in perfect balance

Completion of the city’s big Dante project with 'Paradiso' is only one of three wonders

The Rite of Spring, Pina Bausch/École des Sables, Sadler's Wells review - explosive and disturbing

At last, the pan-African production of Bausch's landmark choreography arrives on the London stage

The Car Man, Royal Albert Hall review - grand scale drama and decadence

An explosive restaging of the original dance drama


Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Sara Barron / Jayde Adams / Sophie Duker

Scathing judgments, expressive dance and lesbian cruises

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Kiri Pritchard-McLean / Lou Sanders / Snort

Exploring Welsh identity; rollerskating diaries; New Zealand improv

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Colin Hoult / Nick Helm / Susie McCabe

A sad adieu, a pandemic experience and the awfulness of hen dos


Amalie Smith: Thread Ripper review - the tangled web we weave

AI meets Penelope meets Ada Lovelace in this meditation on text, tissue and textile

Phoebe Power: Book of Days review - the clack of walking poles, the clink of scallop shell

Powerful poems of pilgrimage, loss and belonging along the Camino de Santiago

Jessie Burton: The House of Fortune review - a muted, sensitive sequel

The ghosts gather as the miniaturist returns in Burton’s latest instalment


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