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Column-writing with George Monbiot, Guardian Masterclasses

Presented by journalist, environmentalist and activist George Monbiot - and masterclass was filled to capacity. It was perhaps a bit less structured than usual, without handouts or visual aids. But this was a different kind of gig - with Monbiot standing at the front talking to us, and we were mostly spellbound. He spoke with great enthusiasm and energy - about his career trajectory, his early days…

Joseph Cornell - Wanderlust

‘Wanderlust’ at the Royal Academy is a fascinating collection of shadow boxes, collages and films by Joseph Cornell. Born in 1903, Joseph Cornell was self-taught without any formal training - but his work has been inspirational to artists such as Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.  The title ‘Wanderlust’ implies an interest in travel, and many of Cornell’s works reference Europe; but he never went far beyond his…

Audrey Hepburn – Portraits of an Icon

Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 -1993) is regarded as the epitome of timeless style and elegance, and has captivated audiences worldwide. Her life and career is reviewed in an exhibition of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery. Many of the 70 photographs on display are sourced from family archives.

Audrey Hepburn originally aspired to be a ballet dancer. She began her acting career…

Temple at the Donmar Theatre

Donmar’s Temple is set in 2011 when Occupy protestors camped outside of St Paul’s Cathedral in the full glare of media attention.  The focus of the play is the conflict within the church organisation.

 

There are some clear positions. The lawyer from the Corporation of London is clear that the protestors must be evicted.  The Deacon is clear that the protestors…

Curzon, Bloomsbury

The Renoir, Bloomsbury in upmarket Brunswick Shopping Centre, near Russell Square station has been revamped. It re-opened in March 2015 after undergoing a slick transformation, courtesy of the ubiquitous Curzon Cinema franchise, known for championing Arthouse films.

And, rebranded as ‘Curzon Bloomsbury’, it has expanded - now incorporating 6 cinema screens (from 2). Including the Bertha…