Cultural Life: Oliver Chris, actor
Friday 16 December 2011
Theatre: 'Matilda: the Musical' is brilliant on every level. Tim Minchin is a genius. Bertie Carvel makes a delicious psychotic old hag. The kids are also unbelievable. If an eight-year-old getting a standing ovation doesn't bring a tear to your eye then you've a heart of stone.
Books: I'm now reading 'The Magus', and if it comes up in conversation people go, "...Ooh you're reading 'The Magus'!" John Fowles was one seriously clever dude.
Visual Arts: I went to the Postmodernism exhibition at the V&A. It was good but it gave me a headache.
Television: Mostly, I watch TV with the bitter scorn, jealousy and contempt that only an actor can muster, but sometimes things come along that transcend even my embittered pettiness. BBC4's 'Holy Flying Circus' was awesome; funny, insightful, brilliant and brave. Channel 4's 'Top Boy' was also great, ya get me, bruv? Beautifully directed and acted and not too gritty.
Films: Judging from the reaction, casting shadows of doubt on Shakespeare is like pie-ing Judi Dench in the face. Unacceptable. But, whether you believe the premise or not, I think 'Anonymous' has quite a lot going for it. Mostly, that it's massively reverential to the content and significance of the plays themselves and it makes them look really cool. I really don't know why we get so snooty about bending the truth in British cinema.
Music: Recently, I've been listening to Bon Iver. You can't beat it for a bit of whiny, middle-class-electro-trance. Tom Waits and I get on extremely well after a long night on the dirty Martinis. And I love anything by Kenny Loggins. Deal with it.
Oliver Chris performs in 'One Man, Two Guvnors' at the Adelphi Theatre, London, WC2 (www.onemantwoguvnors.com) to 25 February
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 3 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 4 Britney Spears sings 'Alien' without Auto-Tune in embarrassing leaked audio clip
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories