THEATRE Review: “Interbeing – stories of a current war”, Cockpit Theatre – ‘putting a forgotten war back into the spotlight’


‘There are bombardments constantly on the outskirts of Donetsk, while in central Donetsk they stage beauty pageants and literary parties, and the cafes work all night.’ – Yehor Makiyivka, 2019 2019 marks the fifth year of the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine. What began as a number of street protests against former President Yanukovych’s suspension…

Juno Schwarz | 07/08/2019
'Volcano' Still, Photo (c) Vadym Ilkov

FILM Review, New East Cinema: ‘Volcano’ (Bondarchuk, 2018) – ‘a bizarre comedy, rich with subtexts and surreal moments’


Documentary filmmaker Roman Bondarchuk’s first feature, Volcano, is an odyssey into the Kherson province of southern Ukraine, which through his lens becomes a land of anarchy and freedom. The film is a bizarre, occasionally whimsical comedy, rich with subtexts and surreal moments. Bondarchuk told the audience at the New East Cinema’s Barbican screening that he…

Eva Rosenthal | 15/07/2019

FILM Review: ‘The Messenger’ (Pasikowski, 2019) – ‘a high-end spy thriller’


One might call director Władysław Pasikowski the master of WWII drama on film. His new feature, The Messenger (pol.: Kurier), is the latest in a series of movies about the experience of the Second World War in Poland from different perspectives. This time, he’s chosen to focus on the nigh-legendary figure of Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (1914-2005). Called…

Julia Secklehner | 13/07/2019

MUSIC Review: ‘Dagadana’ at the Green Note Cafe – ‘very heartily recommended’


The Green Note is a very intimate venue and with around 70 people inside, the atmosphere was buzzing even before Dagadana entered – so when they did appear with the two female band-members adorned in traditional floral headdresses, they received a very warm welcome. This four-piece (three from Poland and one from Ukraine) is composed…

Ian Mole | 12/07/2019

THEATRE Review: ‘Songs of Lear’ performed by The Song of the Goat Theatre – ‘where inspiration meets high culture with unrefined expression’


The Shakespeare and Poland Festival at the Globe – a two week exploration of the relationship between the playwright and the Polish nation – concluded with the probably most anticipated element of the programme: Songs of Lear performed by The Song of the Goat Theatre on Saturday, 6thJuly. The Wrocław based theatre company, created by Grzegorz…

Iga Szczodrowska | 11/07/2019
Photo (c) @taraarts

MUSIC Review: Oysland at the Tara Theatre – ‘music that contains some sorrow, but is more than counterbalanced by celebration’


‘You have to beat the sorrow with celebration’ is an old Roma saying and Oysland’s set contains some sorrow, but this is more than counterbalanced by celebration. This well-established, London-based Klezmer band are comprised of lead vocalist Lori Secanska, Olga Baron on violin, John MacNaughton on clarinet, Iakovos Loukas on semi-acoustic guitar and Twm Dylan…

Ian Mole | 08/07/2019
Plenty, 1999. Cate Blanchett in David Hare’s play, directed for the Almeida by Jonathan Kent,
at the Albery theatre, London. Photo: Ivan Kyncl / courtesy of V&A.

Exhibition Review: “Ivan Kyncl: In The Minute” – ‘capturing the feel of a show in one click’

Ivan Kyncl: In the Minute marks 15 years since the death of the acclaimed, Czech-born theatre photographer Ivan Kyncl (1953-2004). His archive, acquired by the V&A in 2018, comprises over 100,000 negatives and is considered to be one of the richest chronicles of the British stage in the late 20th century. Focusing on the possibilities of theatre photography, the exhibition brilliantly…

Svetlana Smirnova | 04/07/2019

Film Review: ‘Sunset’ (Nemes, 2018) + Q&A with Director László Nemes & Co-Writer Clare Royer – “a world on the brink of self-destruction”


Before the film was screened, László Nemes advised the audience: ‘You’ll not need facts you usually need.’ And: ‘Accept the lack of control.’  There’s a nightmarish, disorderly quality in the bleached-out images of a pre-war Budapest of 1913 as the film opens. A young woman tries on hats in an exclusive hat shop. Scenes soon…

Alison Miller | 16/06/2019

Review: Science Café & Workshop – Can a Machine Replace an Artist? – ‘an exciting glimpse of the partnership between science and art’

Using popular mobile apps like Prisma and DeepArt anyone can produce a piece of stylised art from an input photo, but Daniel Sykora and his research group at the Czech Technical University argue that this wouldn’t pass an artistic version of the Turing test – where even the artist would’ve difficulty judging whether a painting…

Alison Miller | 11/06/2019