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UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 features more than 40 British and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

Interesting exhibition.  Twin Towers by Ivan Navarro is an interesting light installation with two squares in the ground which look columns of light going deep under the floor.    And the towers “sculpted” out of plastic figures by Jake and Dinos Chapman was very arresting.  As usual at IWM, nobody in the exhibition other than us.  On until 28.5.18.

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Blenheim at Xmas: fabulous

We’ve visited a few Xmas light shows over the years – a few abroad (Atlanta last year) and a few near to London including Kew and Waddesdon Manor (twice).  Blenheim was a first yesterday and really great.  It started a little slowly and just got better and better.  There is an area with lights running up and down a hill towards your feet which is really absorbing – make sure you are standing right at the edge of it – and a light cage that you walk through with lights all around you.  We got there for the 4.45 first show of the evening; just ensure the staff know you are for that show and they will let you past the others in the queue – we were straight in after 2 minutes and the paths were relatively quiet – there are food and drink stands on the way round.  When we left there were queues to join yet another queue at around 6pm – so book for the early slot and enjoy.  No photos can do it justice.

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Visited the newish Postal Museum yesterday and took a trip on the mail train that ran under London for many years moving our letters around, avoiding the busy streets.  It was decommissioned a few years ago and is now open for the public to take a 20 minute trip down the tunnels.   The museum itself seems to be very much aimed at children.  Disappointment was that I designed a postage stamp of myself with a crown and a moustache but it didn’t turn up in my email!

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World Press Photo Exhibition

On in the Royal Festival Hall, on both sides of the jazz stage, until 20th November.  Thought provoking and moving exhibtion covering world events but also day to day lives of people in places like Brazil.IMG_3116

Visited the new Bridge Theatre for the first time on Saturday to see Young Marx.  Firstly, the building.  Great sign outside with the sloping “I” in Bridge; lovely lighting and nice cheese straws.  Great lines of sight from around the auditorium of the stage and reasonable leg room.  But the play.  Great cast with Rory Kinnear, directed by Nicholas Hytner and written by Richard Bean of One Man, Two Governors, a play I’d loved.  All I can say is oh dear.  A bit too slapstick without the laughs – we left in the interval and went to see the Lord Mayor’s Show fireworks instead which were great.

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Three for one at the White Cube

Damián Ortega, Cerith Wyn Evans and Ann Veronica Janssens all on at the White Cube Bermondsey.  Wyn Evans showing similar light installations to those recently in the Tate Britain.  Janssens’ show is interesting glitter, lights and a very interesting installation of glass cubes filled with paraffin oil thin and coloured layer of liquid which seems to be floating above an expanse of clear liquid.

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New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Fantastic performances, huge and talented cast and longest round of applause I’ve seen at the National Theatre. I didn’t know the play, didn’t recognise a single song by Sondheim and only recognised Imelda Staunton but I really enjoyed it.  Dominic Cooke’s direction made the play sad, witty and bleak all at once.   Favourite character and song: Phyllis Thumbnail+Ticketsolvesinging Could I leave you?  Janie Dee was superb.  Who’s that Woman sung by all the women, older and younger, makes for a great chorus line.

Having their former selves appear in their sequined costumes and on stage nearly all time, either in flashbacks or watching their older selves, adds poignancy to the play. We saw it last week but tickets are now in short supply but try and get one.  It deserved the applause.