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REVIEW: I AM THEY @Sallis Benney Theatre

The film is engaging and interesting without being preachy and using this young couple’s obvious and romantic personal experiences and relationship as the main narrative...
Posted On 30 Nov 2017
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POETRY REVIEW: Hello Glastonbury – I mean, Brighton

Ray A-J reviews the Poetry Competition and Festival 2017 featuring The Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at the Old Market in Hove on Saturday, November 18. Electric - The...
Posted On 27 Nov 2017
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OPERA REVIEW: Marnie @ENO

Daughter. Liar. Wife. Thief. She has been running for so long, no one knows the real Marnie, least of all herself. A world premiere opera from composer Nico Muhly, with a...
Posted On 27 Nov 2017
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FILM REVIEW: You Were Never Really Here

If I had to sum up Lynne Ramsay’s style of filmmaking in a word it would be ‘concentrated’. Important clues about a character, or a vital link in a chain of events, might be...
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THEATRE REVIEW: How the Other Half Loves @Theatre Royal

Rather like his recently revived Relatively Speaking, Alan Ayckbourn’s play is a farcical look at an affair and the tortured results of covering it up. The intricate web of...
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BOOK REVIEW: Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde 

Her lyrical and incisive prose takes on sexism, racism, homophobia, and class; reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope that remain ever-more trenchant...
Posted On 15 Nov 2017
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THEATRE REVIEW: The Kite Runner @Theatre Royal

It’s a hard look at the chaos of the unleashing of hugely destructive violent social prejudice from the perspective of a small close nit family. Its use of personal...
Posted On 15 Nov 2017
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MUSIC REVIEW: Jake Shears @Heaven

There are gigs where you can feel a collective audience groan as the artist you’ve adored for years introduces another new song from their forthcoming solo album. Jake Shears...
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MUSIC REVIEW: Christmas Oratorio: BREMF

This evening’s music was superb, it’s almost as if the BREMF was saving the best till last but this year’s programme has excelled in the quality of its music and tonight was...
Posted On 14 Nov 2017
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REVIEW: TALES IN MUSIC: THE PIGEON AND THE ALBATROSS: Little Baroque Company

TALES IN MUSIC: THE PIGEON AND THE ALBATROSS Little Baroque Company The room was full of rows of expectant children and the parents in a semi circle everyone excited. The room...
Posted On 13 Nov 2017
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REVIEW: ORFEO: BREMF

Once again the Brighton Early Music Festival shows that you can take problematic and difficult pieces of early music and when stripped down and presented with care and...
Posted On 09 Nov 2017
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REVIEW: Roots, Shoots and Celestial Flowers: BREMF

The Soprano and two mezzos gave some sublime and subtle performances across the evening and I found myself floating off into the ethereal vaults more than once as their voices...
Posted On 06 Nov 2017
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OPERA REVIEW: The life to come by Fry & Mander

it's refreshing to listen to the voice of such a staunch eloquent atheist being applied to religious dogma and doggerel and the very real harm it has caused to the expression...
Posted On 02 Nov 2017
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REVIEW: The Real Thing @Theatre Royal

Stoppard’s words fly around, they are funny and caustic, the actors obviously enjoy speaking them, even if the sentences are often more than a mouthful, the set piece speeches...
Posted On 31 Oct 2017
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