Locked Down: The Scariest Show You Will Never See review | Stage

We have been told to bring a blindfold and headphones for a “terrifying sonic experience” on Zoom. There’s a trigger warning of its “adult content” by a faceless voice called Master, who tells us that emotions will run high over the next two hours – so we can remove the Continue Reading

Have Your Passport Ready review – step inside the asylum system | Games

Every foreign humanitarian crisis forces a government to balance compassion and restraint. To what degree should a country fulfil its moral obligation to offer aid and sanctuary to refugees? At what point does national benevolence threaten national stability? Sober deliberation soon descends into hysterics. Respondents to a 1940 poll that Continue Reading

The best culture you may have missed in 2020 | Culture

Film Southern Journey (Revisited)In the dark days of lockdown, it’s hard to believe the big outdoors actually exists. But that’s what you get with this lovely music documentary, which followed in the footsteps of celebrated musicologist Alan Lomax and British folk singer Shirley Collins on their landmark 1959 odyssey, recording Continue Reading

Dying swan or lame duck? Why ‘Fatima’, the ballerina’s next job was tripping up the government | Stage

Name: Fatima. Age: Early 20s. Occupation: Ballet dancer, for now. That sounds ominous. That’s because Fatima might not be a ballet dancer for much longer. God, why not? Will she be OK? She’ll be fine, because Fatima’s next job could be in cyber. What? What do you mean could be? Continue Reading

Michelle Wolf to Melania’s roses: the arts and pop culture that sum up the Trump era | Culture

Architecture Travesty in the Rose Garden Since he’s a former real-estate tycoon, it seems fitting that Donald Trump’s tenure should express itself in some sort of building. So which edifice best defines his era? Well, there is the “big, beautiful wall” planned for the border with Mexico. “Nobody builds walls Continue Reading

This digital afterlife: mobile phone-based show connects us in our grief | Stage- Tempemail

‘If your partner dies,” Caroline Twigg wrote in an article for the Guardian in 2015, “a lot of admin also comes your way. And, these days, people die a digital death alongside their physical one, which creates a whole new world of admin that didn’t pass the radar of grieving Continue Reading

Mo Gilligan: ‘A lot of us comics do feel a bit like key workers’ | Culture- Tempemail

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” says Mo Gilligan from his production office in Hackney. “I’m slowly realising that I’ve just won one of the biggest awards in British TV.” A couple of years ago, Gilligan was a relatively obscure London standup with a few viral YouTube videos to his Continue Reading

Dear Australia: livestreamed dispatches from a world overdue for a reckoning | Stage

Playwriting Australia promoted its new suite of 50 monologues, livestreamed over three nights this July, as “a striking moment of national celebration and reflection”. But the stories are also suffused with grief and desperation, with anxiety and impatience. Addressed as “postcards” to the nation, the monologues serve as dispatches from Continue Reading

Finale risk: Rolling Stones, Lennox and McCartney among stars seeking music aid | Business- Tempemail

The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney and Dua Lipa are among 1,500 musicians and bands calling for the government to take urgent action to help live music in Britain avoid collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic. A letter signed by artists, including Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Annie Lennox and Continue Reading

As a kid I loved Pro Evolution Soccer 5 – now it’s won me a new comedy audience | Bilal Zafar | Stage

I began 2020 full of optimism, excited about returning to the Edinburgh fringe in August with a new show and feeling quite good about my standup. Then the pandemic arrived. As well as worrying about the health of family and friends, all my work disappeared overnight. The majority of my Continue Reading