A radio announcer has told the court in the trial of DJ Dave Lee Travis that she was in a “panic” after he allegedly grabbed her breasts when she was speaking live on air.
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Friday 24 February 2012
For a while now, UK label 4AD have been presenting artfully shot videos of bands from their roster performing their music in studio settings – with the likes of Gang Gang Dance and St Vincent appearing at 4ad.com/sessions.
Thursday 23 February 2012
From 1955 to 1962, it seemed only the Americans could create convincing rock'n'roll, and few British records could compete. One exception was the atmospheric "Shakin' All Over" from Johnny Kidd and the Pirates (1960): the tense stop/start song, Kidd's belligerent vocal and Joe Moretti's dramatic guitar breaks combined to make a remarkable record.
Monday 13 February 2012
View From The Sofa: Manchester United v Liverpool, Sky / Country at the BBC, BBC 2
Thursday 19 January 2012
It must be terrifying to set up this show. L’Immédiat starts with a stage full of clutter. Furniture, cardboard boxes, ladders and stage equipment pack the whole space, out to the wings and right back to the loading bay. It looks like a junkyard, but there must be some method in the madness: performers charge through it, over it, under it, as furniture collapses under them and the scenery caves in.
Monday 16 January 2012
Simone Fassari and Camilla Pessi, the award-winning double act Baccala Clowns, bow in triumph because they’ve managed to juggle a single apple. Then they flip coolly through challenging acrobatics, Pessi poised on one hand on Fassari’s head. Pss Pss is a children’s show that works for its young audience, and for adults too.
Sunday 08 January 2012
Monday 12 December 2011
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Saturday 10 December 2011
Panto is having a bumper year, despite the recession. Adam Sherwin reports
Thursday 26 May 2011
James J Casey was the son of the legendary music hall comedian Jimmy James, and in the 1950s, billed as Cass James, he stooged in his father's variety act, playing a character named "Hutton Conyers" opposite his cousin, another James (aka "Jack") Casey, who had assumed the stage name "Bretton Woods". Conyers would be introduced as James' "latest discovery", a theme rapidly abandoned for a surreal exchange of dialogue about the contents of a shoe box, with interruptions from a stuttering Woods. Conyers was the truculent simpleton forever demanding to know, "Are you the one putting it around that I'm barmy?" and eliciting the retort from James, "Why, are you trying to keep it a secret?" The trio's "In the Box" routine became an enduring classic.
Tuesday 24 May 2011
Many old shots of Brett Anderson posing coquettishly as a self-regarding dandy have been published in recent weeks, though none can prepare us for the sight of Suede's singer with arms heroically stretched out, encompassing his fans' adulation. And this is during "Breakdown", one of the less memorable tracks from their debut album, which now closes with a punishing coda to replace the original's yearning close.
Friday 13 May 2011
I am sitting in the kitchen at a friend's house in London and I am feeling a little uncomfortable. A woman I have never met before is loudly accusing her sister of flirting with her husband and a heated exchange ensues. Part of me wants to sneak away and leave them to sort things out in private, but this isn't a normal situation. The women are actors and they are performing a play. I stay put and continue to watch the drama unfold, along with about 20 other people perched on stools and benches in the open-plan basement kitchen.
Friday 22 April 2011
Trevor Bannister was best known for playing the lecherous Mr Lucas in the sitcom Are You Being Served? but, though he was a popular television comedy actor, his range extended beyond that, into drama on both television and stage.
Friday 15 April 2011
Are You Being Served? star Trevor Bannister has died aged 76, his agent confirmed today.
Wednesday 09 February 2011
Monday 07 February 2011
Clowns from all over the world gathered yesterday to celebrate the life of Joseph Grimaldi, the famous English clown. The service, at Holy Trinity Church in Dalston, east London has been held every year since 1946 in honour of Grimaldi, who lived from 1778 to 1837. Grimaldi, who, as Joey the clown, delighted audiences, was born in London, the son of an Italian pantomime artist getty
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