About midway through this magical and mysterious new play from Annie Baker, one of the characters, Genevieve, is talking to her sister, Mertis, and a guest at Mertis’s B&B, Jenny, about her nervous breakdown. For Genevieve, she started seeing hearing her ex-husband’s voice and sensing his malevolent influence in family,[…]

Theatre Review: John, National Theatre ‘Breathtakingly Beautiful in its Mysteriousness’

There is something immediately effortlessly nostalgic about Polaroids, and this collection of personal and unseen photos from Oscar-nominated director, Wim Wenders, makes for a particularly wistful exhibition that evokes all the feels for Americana and that great road trip through the instantly recognisable – and filmic – American landscapes and[…]

Art Review: Wim Wenders’ Polaroids, The Photographers’ Gallery ‘Nostalgic, Romantic’

So, I feel like a bit ‘cup half-empty’ about this review and I don’t mean to be for Cezanne Portraits really is worthy of its ‘once in a lifetime’ description – this is the first time since his death that over fifty portraits painted by the great man have been[…]

Art Review: Cezanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery ‘Modern Portraits by the Most Modern of Artists’

Would you believe it? Another month and The Ferryman and Hamlet don’t make the cut again! I know, cruel, right? (Though, interestingly, there was a thought-provoking article this past month on concerns over the Irish stereotypes Jez Butterworth harnesses in his much-feted play). I would still recommend both of them[…]

Top Ten London Stage Shows, August 2017

So, as the exhibitions and galleries gear up for the busy Summer season, so we get a flood of new shows to appreciate and enjoy! Big name blockbusters, such as Giacometti at the Tate and Michelangelo at the National Gallery, are joined by the institution that is the Summer Exhibition[…]

Top Ten London Art Shows, June 2017

Bulls and bullfighting are everywhere in Picasso’s work, and this fascination spanned the length of his career, from early portraits of matadors to his later work where the impact of age and sexual frustrations manifested themselves in endless drawings of women being ravished by minotaurs. Picasso loved bulls. They represent[…]

Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors, Gagosian Gallery ‘Gloriously Sexual and Profoundly Excellent’

Simply, I was utterly blown away by this collection of new paintings and sculpture from Maggi Hambling, currently on display at Marlborough Fine Art. Such urgent, critical themes captured in such devastating and extraordinary works. Ice caps melting, Aleppo collapsing, and refugees fleeing in boats on dangerous seas… And all[…]

Review: Maggi Hambling, Marlborough Fine Art ‘Devastating and Extraordinary’

Hello everyone So, obviously, I will be continuing with my monthly ‘shows to see’ list in 2017. However, I appreciate some of you would like to know about the big headline-grabbing art exhibitions that have already been announced so I’ve compiled a list for you below. Now, my 2015 list[…]

Top London Art Shows to See in 2017

Ah, the obligatory end-of-year ‘best of’. Yes, it’s reductive. And, of course, very personal. And this year it has not been easy. Shows that I just ‘knew’ would be amazing didn’t turn out that way, and unexpected delights coming in from leftfield means this list isn’t, possibly, what I thought[…]

Top Ten London Art Shows 2016

The Courtauld Gallery has curated a wonderfully intimate and intriguing display on a private passion that occupied Auguste Rodin during the last two decades of his life. From the end of the nineteenth century, Rodin became fascinated with avant-garde dance forms. He was intrigued by the flexibility of acrobats he[…]

Review: Rodin & Dance, The Courtauld Gallery ‘A Rare Glimpse into a Private Passion’

Hello everybody So, November’s list is a mix of new shows and those shows that are so impressive I’m listing them again. There’s such a diversity of styles and genres that I’m sure there is something for everybody here (or, at least I hope that there is). And budgets too.[…]

Top Ten London Art November 2016

OK, so I wanted to write about book covers. And, specifically, my book covers. Largely because I’m not really in a position to comment on how other book covers get chosen (obviously). But also because I’m hoping that insight into issues I had with my cover images may bring into[…]

The Politics of a Book Cover…

I’ve wanted to write about anger for a long time. And I mean that both in terms of wanting to have that as a central theme in my books and plays, but also to write a piece about why this is important to me. And why exonerating female anger from[…]

I Want to Write About Anger…

Hello everybody So, here are my suggestions for those ten art shows around the capital that are thought-provoking, challenging, inspiring, provocative, and all the other descriptive words you can think of. Plenty to see, especially with so many new shows opening. And I’m pleased to say that about half of[…]

Top Ten London Art September 2016

Hello everybody Another month, another list of those shows around London that are worth putting to the top of your list. From big productions in the West End, to new writing at places such as Royal Court, Soho Theatre and the Almeida. We’ve headline-grabbing star turns and terrific ensemble productions.[…]

Top Ten London Theatre September 2016

There’s a hazy mist of nostalgia to the National Portrait Gallery’s new exhibition of the work of celebrated American photographer, William Eggleston. Whether it’s his images of Marcia Hare, basking in the sun on some grassy field, her pale skin and auburn hair glowing like some hippie version of a[…]

William Eggleston Portraits, National Portrait Gallery ‘Beautiful, Evocative Photographs’

The diversity of shows and subjects across the London stages right now is very exciting. We’ve musicals that include everything from erstwhile classics to adaptations of childhood stories, and dramatic theatre that includes revivals of plays from the most famous of writers to works from new faces. Whether you want[…]

Top Ten London Theatre to See in August

Hello Everybody I hope you’re all OK. It’s been a bruising couple of weeks, huh? So, for those of you looking for a show to either indulge the pain or distract you completely, here’s my top ten list of shows to see in London in July. A Midsummer Night’s Dream,[…]

Top Ten London Theatre July 2016

So it has come to this… My first foray into reviewing ‘lifestyle.’ Now, to be honest, I’m not 100% sure what ‘lifestyle’ means for everyone else but I’ve always assumed it’s some kind of catch-all for, you know, lifestyle. Like, restaurants, places, things, and so on. Is that right? Who[…]

Sexy Fish, London W1 Review: Passé

Given its location in Hyde Park, it’s a smart move by Serpentine Gallery to open a show on Alex Katz’s landscapes. Alex’s huge paintings brim with vibrant greens and fields of yellow in brightly lit scenes. And these are offset against other night time scenes where trees are shrouded in[…]

Review: Alex Katz, Serpentine Gallery

1. Wear Comfortable Shoes And a pedometer. Because, I warn you now, there’s a lot of walking to be done! The extension, known as the Switch House (the original building is known as the Boiler House), is ten floors. Ten whole floors. And with art from the ground floor up,[…]

Top Tips on the New Tate Modern

So, having just returned from a weekend break in Amsterdam that was, pretty much, solely for the purpose of seeing as much of the city’s impressive art treasures as I could, I thought I would do a quick write up of what I saw, and where, to help guide any[…]

Art in Amsterdam

Cross-dressing, gunshots, strippers in booths, electrocution, masturbation, rape, drugs in eyeballs, violent assault, forced feeding, straight sex, gay sex, incest with a dead brother, ripping out of tongues, sex reassignment surgery, electro-shock therapy, murder, suicide, war, Blondie and sunflowers. That, people, is Cleansed. This is a tough play. Graphic and[…]

Review: Cleansed, National Theatre ‘You’ll Either Walk Out or Give It a Standing Ovation’