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Nick Waplington Alexander McQueen Working Process, at Tate Britain

Documenting the lead up to fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s final autumn / winter ready-to-wear show in March 2009, entitled ‘The Horn of Plenty! Everything and the Kitchen Sink’; when his working process was photographed by Nick Waplington.

This collaboration grew from Waplington’s photographs of landfill sites in the East End, which struck…

Rules for Living at the National Theatre

Oh dear, yet another dysfunctional family Christmas. How can we face it. What can possibly be new. Well Sam Holcroft manages to both deconstruct and elaborate this familiar theme with energy and humour in her clever new play at the NT’s Dorfman Theatre. 

 

There are several  levels of story interwoven and plenty for us to keep track of. The family Rules are made explicit…

Wellington Triumphs, Politics and Passions

This smallish exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815) near Belgium, when British forces were led by Arthur, 1st Duke of Wellington, renowned for being a great soldier. Wellington and his achievements are set in a wider context, considering his earlier postings in India and Europe, and the people who helped him during…

No place for old men. More men face lonely old age, says study

No place for old men.

More men face lonely old age, says study

 

Sitting in the Bonneville Bar in Lower Clapton Road, Hackney I am using their WiFi on my laptop (like a lot of the other customers) reading about a study that says older men suffer great loneliness (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-29567565).…

Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the National Theatre

It is always satisfying to see a medium exploited to its fullest.  With Behind the Beautiful Forevers the news is doubly welcome because the man behind the production is Rufus Norris, soon to be the director of the National Theatre.  

 

This piece has it all.  The topic is current, global, and socially complex.  This story of a Mumbai slum community in the shadow of the…