Flavour of the Month
By Veronica Aloess & Tiana-Sharlotte Parry
ALBUM: Paloma Faith: A Perfect Contradiction
Her new album is said to be much more upbeat than previous ones as the debut single ‘Can’t Rely on You’ shows, with its brassy tune and soul inspired sass. We can look forward to funkier beats and Paloma’s distinctively impressive rifting abilities. Let’s hope the new album retains her usual quirks and fierceness.
When? March 10, new single out now.
FILM: Muppets Most Wanted
Muppets fans have been waiting not so patiently for the latest instalment from our fuzzy friends. The hilarious trailer came out earlier in the year and has certainly built interest, take a look here. This film features all the cameos again too, including: Ricky Gervais, Modern Family’s Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hiddleston, Lady Gaga, Stanley Tucci…
When? March 21
PLAY: Fatal Attraction
Fatal Attraction may be the latest in a long line of film adaptations for the stage, but we’re hoping this classic will be done justice by Director Trevor Nunn. The story is strong, and with Sex and the City’s Kristin David gracing the boards the casting has proved exciting, let’s just hope that all of the right events come together to create a memorable experience for all the right reasons. Book here.
When? March 25-June 21
Where? Haymarket Theatre Royal
MUSICAL: I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical
This will be terrible. We can’t wait to see it. People doing impressions of Simon Cowell and co., a script by Harry Hill. It’s got to be so bad its good right? Well if nothing else this Cowell inspired musical features Nigel Harman and comedian Charlie Baker so it should at least be a laugh. Book here.
When? March 26-October 25
Where? London Palladium
COMEDY: Julian Clary: Canned Clary
Julian Clary is back and promises music, glitter and filth, which is exactly what we’ve come to expect from the star. Held over a month at the St James’ theatre every Thursday and Friday evening Clary will be inviting celebrity guests on stage for laughs and an ‘intrusive gruelling’. This show is well worth a look. Book here.
When? March 6-28
Where? St. James Theatre
GIG: Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding has quietly been bubbling away for the past few years, putting out a number of great tracks and yet remaining slightly forgettable. With a new album on the way and fantastic new single ‘Goodness Gracious’ released Ellie certainly won’t be forgotten anytime soon anymore and she’s making sure of that with a huge arena tour to kick off the year. Her shows promise lots of floaty outfits and her uniquely ethereal vocals.
When? 9th March
Where? 02 Arena
London Events: March
By Veronica Aloess
What? Flamenco Festival London
This is the 11th festival of flamenco, celebrated with performances by nearly 100 dancers, all of them at the top of their game in Spain.
When? 1st-15th March
Where? Sadler’s Wells Theatre
What? The League Cup
The final of 54th season of the League cup, opportunity to qualify for the UEFA Europe League, I’m not going to pretend that I know what I’m talking about anymore.
When? 2nd March
Where? Wembley Stadium
What? Ruin Lust
This exhibition at the Tate Britain explores mainly the Victorian’s obsession with ruins, the effects of industrialisation in paintings. Artists being shown include masters like Turner and Constable.
When? 4th March – 18th May
Where? Tate Britain
What? The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race
It’s Shrove Tuesday! The only thing that could make the best holiday of the year better? Pure silliness.
When? 4th March
Where? The Old Truman Brewery
What? Vertical Rush at Tower 42
Bit weird this one. This is the UK’s first tower running race featuring people racing up one of the City’s tallest buildings in the name of charity. Crazy.
When? 4Th March
Where? Tower 42
What? Women of the World Festival
Coinciding with International Women’s Day, here’s one for the feminists, this is a celebration of ‘the formidable power of women to make change happen’.
When? 6th-9th March
Where? Southbank Centre
What? Move It
I’ve been to this before. I shouldn’t have, I’m not a dancer. But Move It is an exhibition featuring performances and master classes in all forms of dance. I met Anton DuBeke there once. There’s a lot for beginners, but there’s more to offer for professionals.
When? 7th – 9th March
What? Little Angel Firsts
I used to work here, and think this is the best children’s theatre in London. This is a festival celebrating puppetry from emerging companies, with shows ranging in audience ages.
When? 11th – 22nd March
Where? The Little Angel Theatre
What? St Patrick’s Day Parade
The theme for this year’s parade is ‘world of dance’. Is it stereotypical to know what to expect?
When? 16th March
Where? Trafalgar Square
What? Roundhouse CircusFest
Speaks for itself, a festival of circus performances comes to the adaptable Roundhouse space featuring some of the best companies in the business. I recommend Cantina, they make your hair stand on end.
When? 26th March – 27th April
Mojo Review ****
By Veronica Aloess
With Mojo’s all-star cast I’m surprised it wasn’t even more popular than Jez Butterworth’s last hit, Jerusalem, an Olivier winner which had people queuing round the block for a ticket. Mojo was written before Jerusalem and definitely belongs to another time. But Mojo was worth seeing just for: Brendan Coyle, Rupert Grint, Tom Rhys Harries, Daniel Mays, Colin Morgan and Ben Whishaw.
Mojo is set in the 50’s rock’n’roll scene in London’s Soho – Butterworth has the slang down, and the cast all throw the odd Elvis-esque gesture and there are copious hip wiggles to keep the audience amused. The story centres on a dive bar/dance club run by Mickey and Ezra, the latter being a man that is riding on the rising fame of the latest star Silver Johnny (Tom Rhys Harries). Everything kicks off when Ezra’s found murdered and Silver Johnny disappears, likely at the hands of local gangster Sam Ross after a business deal goes wrong. Although the audience sees none of this we are kept informed by the cast. All hell breaks loose and no one’s quite sure what the next move should be, Ezra’s deputy, Mickey, played by Brendan Coyle, wants to wait it out and see if Sam Ross tries to take the club, and everybody is willing to follow his lead or at least too intimidated to say any different. Except for Ezra’s son, nicknamed Baby (Ben Whishaw) who wants to retaliate. The troubled character often breaks into short bursts of song and keeps the play moving with his spontaneity and quick turnarounds.
Daniel Mays is probably the least famous name in the main cast, but he most definitely holds his own, arguably capturing the culture of the rock’n’roll era better than anybody. He’s fairly matched by Rupert Grint (making his stage debut as Sweets) and they make a great double act. Grint is a little typecast in his jittery role, but he plays it well and embraces the mannerisms in his portrayal of the pill popping punch bag. Opposite them, Brendan Coyle (unlikely since his most famous roles are in period dramas) exudes authority and against the youthful exuberance of the rest of the cast, his downplayed part is quietly menacing. Ben Whishaw is brilliant as always, a stage veteran although audiences may not know it. His character is the most intriguing, he remains detached and yet full of the rage of the angry young men of the 50s.
The production, designed by Ultz, is authentic. It embraces the Soho side of the rock’n’roll, in other words, the dirty side, whilst Silver Johnny’s costume encapsulates the glamour. The club is tacky and cheap, it’s incredibly convincing as a boozy teen haunt. The club is better designed than the more non-discriminate office where the action takes place in the first half of the show; the office is a more claustrophobic space which only magnifies the cast’s immense energy.
Altogether, it’s a tight production under Ian Rickson’s direction. The story has pace and flows faultlessly, with defined characters that can all be empathised with from the audience’s point of view. As a story though, perhaps it lacks twists and turns with the ending falling slightly flat, and Rickson and Butterworth rest upon the superb acting skills at their disposal.