Archive for July, 2011

Lonnigan’s Skiffle Group

July 4, 2011

6pm, 4th July 2011 – Watch This Space, National Theatre

To celebrate American independence day Watch This Space called The Lonnigan’s Skiffle Group – some fella and his mates, a pub band from South London, knocking out American folk and roots music. The musicians, still dressed from the day job, seemed carefree about their lack of preparation. “Its in G” was heard more than once. The lead guitarist winced at his own misplaced fingers. The singer played blues harp best. The rhythm guitarist couldn’t be heard. The rhythm section went bom chugga bom chugga bom chugga bom. And the audience stole the show. more…


Marta Carillon

July 2, 2011

6pm, 2nd July 2011 – Watch This Space, National Theatre

This female singer, accompanied by a lone guitarist, appeared as part of the ‘Polish Culture Weekend’.

Marta Carillon sang in English with a faux passion salvaged from a mediocre jazz technique – all over dramatic volume changes and an uneven warble on extended words. At best she managed to hit the right notes which is more than the guitarist. more…

Teatr Biuro Podróży – Planet Lem

July 2, 2011

1st July 2011 – Watch This Space, National Theatre

From the people who previously bought Pigs On Stilts to the Southbank – it’s Scary Aliens On Stilts! How cool is that?

This is a science-fiction, physical-theatre extravaganza. A post-singularity dystopian world with aliens, evil machine descendents of toasters, bloated human slaves, a hero, a robotic side kick, a tent, projections and a white knuckle techno sound track. And stilts! How cool is that? Stilts are always cool. more…

It’s 2011 In Austerity Britain

July 2, 2011

Welcome to the summer of 2011 in austerity Britain. Jobs are scarce and pensions ransacked. Bigwigs grow richer, bitterly defending their European project with a narrow selection of half truths on News At Ten. “Supermarket shelf stackers should despise the gold-plated pensions of teachers” the newscasters repeatedly parrot. But this is not a blog on politics. This is a blog about subsidised art.

Lottery ticket sales are rising. Yes, the stupid poor, desperate for riches they will never win, seem ever more happy to finance art events they will never attend. Rollover indeed.