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Thursday 28 October 2010
Surely the old Tory is happy now that his party is back in power?
Sunday 26 September 2010
Saturday 07 August 2010
A group of young, predominantly black young people are sitting in a semi-circle debating the strengths and weaknesses of a film script about a fictional girl gang, set amid the seedy tower blocks of East London's under-class.
Thursday 24 June 2010
Lennon Naked began with a splash – a late-period John in what appeared to be mint condition plunging into the pool of his stockbroker belt mansion to the sound of "Come Together". The device might have felt a little overfamiliar (how many times has the off-the-peg transcendence of an underwater shot been employed in such things?), but it was all but impossible to resist the jolt of that music – a cameo appearance by the real thing in a drama that was largely going to be a triumph of similitude. Even more reassuringly, Robert Jones's script instantly showed that it had got the weight of Lennon's wordplay. A jump cut deprived us of the final resolving cadence of the song and plunged us again, back to Beatlemania, as John and Brian Epstein made a scrambled getaway down a fire escape and John demonstrated the rasp of his wit. "Kiss 'im," he says as fans beg for contact. "'E's never been kissed by womankind... or unkind." And the joke scrapes close to unkindness itself, a teasing poke with just enough thrust in it to hurt, but not enough to make the malice deniable should things turn nasty.
Friday 02 April 2010
Saturday 26 December 2009
Last year, Bola Agbaje invited Gordon Brown to come and see her play. It would, she said in her letter, help him understand what makes Britain's young black population tick, get to the bottom of knife crime, take a look inside the head beneath the hoodie. Bold claims for her first ever attempt at a script, but Gone Too Far! lived up to her hype. Fast, furious and very funny, the tale of two brothers – one brought up in London, the other in Nigeria – making their way through their estate to buy a pint of milk, with petty fights and street dancing along the way, had critics lining up to anoint her as the brightest, sparkiest new dramatic voice on the block. Another successful graduate of the Royal Court's young writers' course (along with Polly Stenham), Agbaje picked up an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement, a nomination for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards and the chance to make her debut play into a film.
Thursday 19 November 2009
Wednesday 01 July 2009
Wednesday 22 April 2009
Former trade union leader Jack Jones has died aged 96, his son said today.
Sunday 12 April 2009
Friday 30 January 2009
Liverpool lawyer Jennie Rooney was in her late twenties when she started writing in her lunch hour. Her funny and tender debut, set in sunny South London and Forties Cairo, is an impressively mature story of wartime separation and lost love. When her pigeon-fancier boyfriend, Michael, leaves to fight in North Africa, Stevie is left behind working in the canteen of the local Sun-Pat peanut factory. Michael doesn't return, and Stevie marries.
Sunday 11 January 2009
Friday 21 November 2008
South-east London gets a bad – or even non-existent – fictional press, with the wonderful Shena Mackay (see page 34) one of the few to find heartbreak and heroism in regions beyond the ken of the Northern Line. Now Mackay has a promising partner in grime.
Monday 20 October 2008
It sounds like the marketing job from hell. A top public relations firm has been hired to give a good name to one of Britain's most notorious housing estates. The 7,500 residents of the Aylesbury Estate in south London are well aware that their home has become a byword for all that is worst about the concrete jungles built in haste during the 1960s housing boom.
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