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Theatre review: The Crucible by Arthur Miller

There was a full house at the Oliver Theatre to watch The Crucible (1953) a play by Arthur Miller. The Crucible is set in Salem Massachusetts in 1692 and based on the witch hunt and trials that took place in Salem’s puritan community, a theocracy governed by a few men. The play was written in the McCarthy era in the US when people, including Miller were subject to coercive methods of interrogation…

Film review: All that Breathes directed by Shaunak Sen

A new documentary, ‘All that Breathes’ (2022) by Shaunak Sen focuses on two brothers Nadeem Shehzad and Mohammed Saud in their efforts of to promote wildlife conservation in densely populated North East Delhi. Shehzad and Saud, assisted by volunteer Salik Rehman, care for kites (birds of prey), which have fallen from the sky due to pollution, in a makeshift avian hospital built in their leaky basement.


Althea McNish: Colour is Mine

‘Everything I did, I saw through a tropical eye:’ the words of fabric designer Althea McNish whose vibrant, botanical, printed fabrics echo the warm colours of her homeland Caribbean island of Trinidad, were a highlight at the recent Life between Islands display at Tate Britain.

Now McNish has her own exhibition entitled Colour is Mine at the William Morris Gallery and…

Film review: Tick, Tick… Boom!

A new musical film called Tick, Tick… Boom! streaming on Netflix tells the story of the life of playwright and composer Jonathan Larson (1960-1996). There has been much hype surrounding the film, starring Andrew Garfield as Larson and directed by Lin Manuel Miranda, but watching a musical can be a daunting prospect if you are not a fan of the genre. Unfortunately the music here (mostly written by…

Exhibition review: Life Between Islands at Tate Britain

Tate Britain’s new exhibition, Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now, explores 70 years of British Art by more than 40 artists of Caribbean heritage. It has been several years in the planning and manages to seem both overdue but also of the zeitgeist.

The sprawling exhibition is divided into five areas beginning with Arrivals and followed in order by Pressure; Ghosts of…