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.





Dan Colen’s Sweet Liberty exhibition at Newport Street Gallery.  Never heard of him but saw a few images which made me want to get down there.  Scooby Doo looking a bit wasted, silhouettes knocked out in walls shaped like Roger Rabbit and various other characters, pictures made of chewing gum and whoopee cushions made of glass so you can never sit on them.  If you go, listen out for the tapping shoes when you exit the gallery; I didn’t know about it so missed it.  Colourful and playful.

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We missed this one out last week at 180 The Strand, Ryoji Ikeda, Test Pattern, a monochrome film 7 minutes long being projected onto (or under?) the floor.   Get there early on the Saturday (starts at 12 noon) or go mid-week to avoid long queues.  You take your shoes off to walk onto the floor and can stay as long as you want.

The Lisson Gallery has an exhibition on until 10th December 2017 at 180 The Strand marking the gallery’s 50th anniversary.  You don’t have to like it all but you will be impressed by the scale of the exhibition in the heart of London showing new and historical works by 24 artists, and will find something to interest you.  The artists include Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long, Ryan Gander and, new to me, Shirazeh Houshiary and much more.  Alongside this Store X The Vinyl Factory Presents has a brilliant work, Ruin, by Abloh and Kelly, a ruined nightclub installation down a side street.  And Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, the Message is Death, a thought-provoking film on the rooftop.

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