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LEGALLY BLONDE | STAGE REVIEW

LEGALLY BLONDE | STAGE REVIEW

LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL | STAGE REVIEW **** The New Theatre, Cardiff, Mon 20 Nov. Legally Blonde is seen by most as a bit of a bubble-gum musical: very pink, overblown, full of attitude and plenty of pop. This new touring production doesn’t quite hit the highs of the previous West End run or UK […]

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ROYAL WELSH WINTER FAIR | FOOD FEATURE

ROYAL WELSH WINTER FAIR | FOOD FEATURE

The Royal Welsh Winter Fair arrives for its two-day annual festivities on Mon 27 and Tues 28 Nov this year. Joe Prescott takes a look ahead. The Royal Welsh Showground is the venue for this year’s fair, the annual festive primestock market nearing an impressive 30-year tenure, and a sure-fire way to get your Christmas […]

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BILLY BRAGG + SEÁN MCGOWAN | LIVE REVIEW

BILLY BRAGG + SEÁN MCGOWAN | LIVE REVIEW   Tramshed, Cardiff, Sun 19 Nov Seán McGowan is not a man to be ignored.  Loudly introducing himself in a thick estuary accent, he firmly grabs the attention of a steadily filling room and holds it for the next half an hour. He rips through songs from […]

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CYNAN JONES | BOOK INTERVIEW

CYNAN JONES | BOOK INTERVIEW

Welsh writer Cynan Jones came out on top at the Short Story Prize Awards in London, winning the competition with The Edge of The Shoal, the story of a man lost at sea, and the difficulties he faces as a storm hits. Beth Cruse caught up with the author. Would you say your novel discusses […]

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CLOD ENSEMBLE: UNDER GLASS | ART PREVIEW

CLOD ENSEMBLE: UNDER GLASS | ART PREVIEW

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Wed 22 – Sun 25 Nov For over two decades, Clod Ensemble has brought to the world ‘interdisciplinary performance.’ In short, the theatre company seeks to work at the intersection of form and discipline; weaving and twisting the spheres of acting, dance, music, science, and medicine into something new. Upon the […]

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STEVE LAMACQ – GOING DEAF FOR A LIVING | COMEDY REVIEW

STEVE LAMACQ – GOING DEAF FOR A LIVING | COMEDY REVIEW

STEVE LAMACQ – GOING DEAF FOR A LIVING | COMEDY REVIEW *** Glee Club, Cardiff, Thur 16 Nov According to Steve Lamacq, there exist three ‘i’s in the world of the music fandom: infatuation, in which you love a band; infuriation, when you wonder why the rest of the world hasn’t heard of them; and […]

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EUROS CHILDS | LIVE REVIEW

EUROS CHILDS | LIVE REVIEW   Transport Club, Cardiff, Thurs 16 Nov The carpet at Riverside’s Transport Club is patterned with brown and beige geometric shapes, squiggly radio wave-like lines and an explosion of miniature orbs in a welcoming vermillion hue.  It’s a fairly new place for bands in Cardiff and the brainchild of a […]

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES | FILM PREVIEW

BATTLE OF THE SEXES | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (12A, 121 mins) A gender clash on the tennis court from 1973 proves remarkably timely and entertaining in 2017 with Steve Carell and Emma Stone effortlessly rallying against one another with crowd pleasing effect. Billie Jean King (Stone), tennis grand slam champion back in the seventies is challenged by […]

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ENTER SHIKARI | LIVE REVIEW

ENTER SHIKARI | LIVE REVIEW   Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Fri 17 Nov Having graduated to headline arena shows in 2016, Enter Shikari returned to the Motorpoint with a distinguished new album and an eclectic bill of supports. The announcement of an early curfew pushed the schedule an hour ahead, where Cardiff’s Astroid Boys began the night […]

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TIGER BAY: THE MUSICAL | STAGE REVIEW

TIGER BAY: THE MUSICAL | STAGE REVIEW

TIGER BAY: THE MUSICAL | STAGE REVIEW **** Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wed 15 Nov Many who came to the world premiere of Tiger Bay: The Musical were probably born after most of the docks and the titular area were demolished and “cleaned up,” in an attempt to show to the world a new face […]

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