On Stage

Drama as therapy for victims of sexual abuse May 11, 2014 00:02

Drama as therapy for victims of sexual abuse

On the 19th of May, a play exploring themes of domestic violence will take to the stage in central London.    The play, lasting [...]
 
“Even if we lose our lives” February 23, 2014 02:33

“Even if we lose our lives”

This is the evocative title of a dramatised reading that will be performed by Amnesty International on the 28th of February, to raise awareness [...]
 
Theatre of working class inspiration November 10, 2013 03:19

Theatre of working class inspiration

A new version of the theatrical work “The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists” will be performed this coming 27th November. The book is considered to be a [...]
 
 
Marcel Marceau: the voice without sound July 21, 2013 14:45

Marcel Marceau: the voice without sound

    Born on the 22nd of March in Strasbourg, France, Marcel Marceau entered into eternal silence at the age of 87 on the [...]
 
The incomparable water puppets June 23, 2013 22:51

The incomparable water puppets

Vietnamese company Thang Long (translation: Flying Dragon), better known as the Water Puppet Theatre, is still much loved by those who have been lucky [...]
 
“Reel Iraq”: culture stops for no war March 3, 2013 00:01

“Reel Iraq”: culture stops for no war

From the 21st to the 25th of March, this London festival hosts a number of activities showcasing Iraq’s cultural development during the conflict that [...]
 
 
Do you hear the people sing?  One Day More January 27, 2013 20:00

Do you hear the people sing? One Day More

Recently Tom Hooper’s stunning adaptation of Victor Hugo’s incredible novel ‘Les Miserables’, has brought to light that despite significant technological changes, social issues have [...]
 
The other Hamlet January 20, 2013 22:35

The other Hamlet

William and Tommy Jessop fight to make the documentary of a play, starring young people with Down syndrome or learning disabilities. Text by Olga [...]
 
Bataklan: education through theatre January 20, 2013 19:20

Bataklan: education through theatre

In Colombia, Bataklan are breaking with tradition by teaching artistic subjects to move children away from violence and educate them with values such as [...]
 
 
Ernesto Sevilla and his “Coconut Monologues” November 25, 2012 20:17

Ernesto Sevilla and his “Coconut Monologues”

This actor, director, scriptwriter and producer debuts his show in London on the 29th of November. “Coconut Monologues”, the latest production by Ernest Sevilla, [...]
 
Bridging the cultural divide November 5, 2012 00:01

Bridging the cultural divide

A London-based group uses different mediums to accent the impact Spanish-speaking artists in every form have made on a grand scale. The Latin American [...]
 
Shakespeare’s forests take centre stage November 4, 2012 22:59

Shakespeare’s forests take centre stage

Calixto Beito presents “Forests” at the Barbican Theatre, London from the 6th to the 10th November. Originally conceived as part of the World Shakespeare [...]
 
 
Testing Timon October 28, 2012 23:00

Testing Timon

A London acting company plans for a production of the darkest work of one of history’s greatest authors. Around the world, the plays of [...]
 
“Catch”, Spanish surrealism on the British scene October 15, 2012 15:18

“Catch”, Spanish surrealism on the British scene

It is an abstract work by the choreographer, Ana Lujan. It is her first original work for the Phoenix Dance Theatre. It will be [...]
 
“You and Me”…. Patricia and Mercé October 14, 2012 21:01

“You and Me”…. Patricia and Mercé

“ It’s something that affects everyone: loss of memory, getting older  . . . “ This is the phrase that best sums up this [...]
 
 
 

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    What is peace?

    A white cow is not a white dove, says Eduardo Embry, a Chilean poet based in the UK. A gracing pristine cow is heavy, and the meaning of peace is not to appease or to be appeased. By contrast, peace is not a given, but an ongoing process of understanding and doing together.   Mabel Encinas   Peace...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus “F” is for Fringe

    “F” is for Fringe

    Photo by Kim Traynor Visiting the Edinburgh Fringe, we went to several stand-up comedians; and we learned that bad language and explicit sexual references are endemic. In particular, the F-word is ubiquitous.   Steve Latham   Maybe I am shocking because I am getting on in years, and it expresses...

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  • Culture, Visual Arts A giant man and a tiny woman in the Hunterian museum

    A giant man and a tiny woman in the Hunterian museum

    This Hunterian museum, which unites anatomical and pathological specimens to be studied by undergraduate and postgraduate students, also houses Charles Byrne and Caroline Crachami.   Photo By StoneColdCrazy Edith Tacusi Oblitas   Irishman Charles Byrne was 2 metre and 48 centimetres tall when he died...

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  • Comments, In Focus, Needle's Eye Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

    Reparations and genetics: Have they anything to say to each other?

    Genetic modification and reparations for slavery might seem on first appearances to be somewhat distant companions.   Nigel Pocock   How should we define ‘GM’? If we limit the definition to a laboratory, deliberately excluding the social context, then we are unlikely to make a connection...

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  • Culture, Globe, Screen, United Kingdom London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year

    London Spanish Film Festival celebrates its 10th year

    The 10th edition of the festival will take place from the 25th of September to the 5th of October, bringing together Spanish and Catalan productions , comedy and cuisine.   Photo by London Spanish Film Festival London Spanish Film Festival is 10 years old this year, and to mark the occasion the...

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  • Comments, Culture, In Focus, Screen Carpe Diem

    Carpe Diem

    (…) My wife has proposed a family suicide / both of us and our two daughters / when the mushroom cloud arrives (…) Affonso Romano de Sant´Anna.   Armando Orozco Tovar   We are surrounded by death, something that sounds like stating the obvious, a great truth. But what are we going to do...

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  • Culture, Pages Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the flight of the prince

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the flight of the prince

    Seventy years after his plane was tragically shot down, we are still no closer to knowing which of the Nazi Luftwaffe pilots – Horst Rippert or Robert Heichele – ended the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.   Miguel Fernández Martínez   On the 31st of July 1944, at 8:45am, Saint-Exupéry...

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  • Culture, Pages, Trade Unions, Workers ‘Private’ is ‘Public’: Health Care is our right

    ‘Private’ is ‘Public’: Health Care is our right

    “The Price of Experience: Writings on living with cancer” by Mike Marqusee demands an end to inequalities in health care and challenges the British government’s ideology which blames people for their ill health. It makes us think about how this “winners” and “losers”...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Revelation of “Boyhood”

    Revelation of “Boyhood”

    This is the latest film directed by Richard Linklater. Astonishingly, the movie was filmed over twelve years, taking thirty-nine days of shooting.   Richard LinklaterPhoto by Siebbi Steve Latham   Tracing the life of a young boy as he grows into a young man, the picture follows the central character’s...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Are we decadent?

    Are we decadent?

    “Decadence” is usually a term used by right-wing people to castigate individuals and societies with whom they disagree, and whose lifestyle they disapprove of.   Photo from http://goo.gl/9HxW4f Steve Latham   The arts are frequently said to be in decline, embodied in paradoxical trends:...

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  • Culture, Screen Diego Quemada-Díez: “The happy end is a manipulation”

    Diego Quemada-Díez: “The happy end is a manipulation”

    The journey of three teenagers riding “the Beast”, the train that leads to the desired future in the United States, is full of risks and is destroying innocence, hope and grand dreams, metre by metre.   Diego Quemada-Díez Noelia Ceballos Terrén   From his first steps behind a camera 20...

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  • Culture, Screen Marc Silver tells the horror of immigrants risking their lives

    Marc Silver tells the horror of immigrants risking their lives

    He directed  “Who Is Dayani Cristal?”, a documentary which recently premiered in the UK and recounts the dangers faced by immigrants travelling from Mexico to the United States through the so-called “death row”.     Marc Silver  Juanjo Andrés Cuervo   Thousands of...

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  • Comments, Globe, In Focus, World CTRL + (H)ALT + DELETE: Israel and the Palestinians

    CTRL + (H)ALT + DELETE: Israel and the Palestinians

    There is a photograph of this graffito beside an Israeli army checkpoint; it seems to sum up the Gaza situation: electronic eavesdropping, media manipulation and high tech shock and awe to wipe the Palestinians off the map.   Graham Douglas   In 4 weeks 1,800 Palestinians including about 400 children...

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  • Comments, Critical Dialogues, In Focus A requiem for Gaza

    A requiem for Gaza

    The killing of Palestine’s civilian population, including women and children, is unjustifiable. The people of Palestine can only choose between freedom and death.   Claudio Chipana                    How can a country justify the destruction and subjugation of another population...

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  • Comments, In Focus Palestine and our daughters and sons

    Palestine and our daughters and sons

    I wonder what effects the facts in Palestina have on our lives. The Gaza Strip is more than 3500 kilometres away from London (and over 12000 kilometres away from the Latin American region, where I am from), and still, the shocking facts cannot be ignored.   Mabel Encinas   Palestinian people...

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  • Comments, In Focus Palestine… Imprisoned in the open air

    Palestine… Imprisoned in the open air

    The genocide committed against Palestine is reminiscent of the Napoleonic phrase: “God is on the side with the best artillery.” It hits/ your whip is daring/  it teaches us to be stubborn/ and of the contempt of the threats/ our destiny is transformed in/ resistance… (Palestinian poetry).   Armando...

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  • Culture, Globe, Latin America, Listings, Screen Documentary captures the presidency of Hugo Chávez

    Documentary captures the presidency of Hugo Chávez

    On 29th July, the East London Venezuela Solidarity Campaign will be screening a short film entitled “Chávez”, in partnership with the coordinator of the movement.   Luis Castro’s documentary charts the transformation that Venezuela has undergone since Chávez was first elected to the presidency...

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  • Culture, Music The story of how Lennon’s  strawberry fields came to be

    The story of how Lennon’s strawberry fields came to be

     The fact that John Lennon wrote ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ in Almeria has been referred to before in historical accounts about the Beatles but the artist’s Spanish involvement went beyond this and  included some abortive projects such as the film that never was with bullfighter ‘El Cordobes’(the...

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  • Comments, EdgeNotes, In Focus Money rules

    Money rules

    Society is being hollowed out by a set of non-values which are overwhelming ever other set of criteria for evaluating worth.   Steve Latham   F. S. Michaels’ book, “Monoculture. How one story is changing everything”, analyses the deep structure of our culture’s infatuation with wealth. It...

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  • Culture, Listings, Screen The real drama is in the ‘corridor of death’

    The real drama is in the ‘corridor of death’

    The documentary film ‘Who is Dayani Cristal’ will premiere in British cinemas on July 25th, the story of a migrant whose body was found in this deadly area of desert.   The film is directed by Marc Silver and produced by Gael Garcia Bernal, and is based on real events. The film shows the arduous...

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