Theatre review: BIANCO

BIANCO is a spellbinding circus experience like no other. Ellen Tout reviews the show at Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival. We’re stood in Southbank London’s Big Top tent, anticipation floating in the air. It’s bitterly cold outside, but the warmth of the crowd fills the tent as they nurse cups of mulled wine. Performers begin to... Continue Reading →

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Theatre review: LOVE at the National Theatre

Directed by Alexander Zeldin, this new play is a moving representation of life for two struggling families. In the run up to Christmas, a young family find themselves evicted and desperate. With a baby on the way they move into a cramped room in temporary accommodation – sharing one bedroom between the four. Their neighbours?... Continue Reading →

Film review: Collateral Beauty

‘Love. Time. Death. These three things connect every human,’ says Howard, a New York advertising executive – but he feels cheated. After the death of his six-year-old daughter, Olivia, Howard (Will Smith) retreats from life; lost, despondent, bitter and living alone. This beautiful film follows Howard’s existential journey as he seeks answers from the universe,... Continue Reading →

Interview with Tyler Ford

Our sense of self underpins our confidence and wellbeing – who we are, what we do, where we belong. But what if these things are not clear or if life undermines them? As part of Psychologies magazine's identity series, I speak to Tyler Ford about their experience of being agender. Half of all millennials believe gender... Continue Reading →

Film review: Urban Hymn

Directed by Michael Caton-Jones and written by Nick Moorcroft, I love this inspiring film. Opening with scenes of the 2011 summer riots, this moving and poignant film follows troubled teen Jamie (Letitia Wright) as she teeters between falling back into a life of crime and the discovery of her true self through music. The strong... Continue Reading →

Film review: The Light Between Oceans

This is a moving screen adaptation of ML Stedman’s novel, directed by Derek Cianfrance. Set on a remote edge of Western Australia after the Great War, this is a tragically beautiful tale of love and impossible choices, inspired by ML Stedman’s novel. A shell-shocked veteran, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender), works alone as a lighthouse keeper on a desolate... Continue Reading →

Same Love

Ellen Tout sings praise for the song that’s breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes. The first time I heard Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis’ single, Same Love, I was speechless and moved. Featuring singer-songwriter Mary Lambert, the track bravely supports same-sex marriage, challenging both religion and Hip Hop’s prejudices toward the gay community. “I might not... Continue Reading →

Review: Blissfields Festival 2013

Overall 7/10. After 13 years in the business, Blissfields has mastered the small festival. With plenty of real ale, life size Pop Up Pirate and a diverse serving of new music, Blissfields has something to please festival-goers both young and old. The festival has previously been named ‘Best Small Festival’ and, whilst the weekend lacks... Continue Reading →

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