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Keira Knightly on Katharine Gun: ‘I just felt her story was a really interesting piece of this puzzle’

  • James Mottram
  • 16 October 2019

Keira Knightly on Katharine Gun: 'I just felt her story was a really interesting piece of this puzzle'

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Knightly discusses her role as the GCHQ whistleblower in Gavin Hood’s thoughtful drama, Official Secrets

When Keira Knightley looks back on her latest movie, Official Secrets, it’s likely to be intertwined with memories of her children. A year-and-a-half ago, she shot the film – a thrilling true story about British whistleblower Katharine Gun – in Liverpool, Manchester and across Yorkshire, just as her then three year-old daughter Edie was having ‘a complete sleep-regression’.

It certainly didn’t make things easy. ‘The weeks when I h捕鱼棋牌怎么提现金ad most of the work, she was literally up five or six times a night between midnight and 6am,’ she explains. ‘I think that added a particular vibe probably to my performance’ – perhaps, the haggard, haunted look that hangs off Gun – ‘which maybe I should thank her for or maybe I should blame it all on her for – I’m not quite sure!’

Now, holed up in London’s Soho Hotel to promote the film, Knightley is just six weeks fresh from giving birth to Delilah, her second daughter with her musician husband James Righton. ‘It’s actually quite nice – I’ve suddenly stepped away from everything,’ she says, referring to the fact she’s barely read or watched any news reports in the run-up to Brexit whilst focusing on her new-born.

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Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf: ‘It’s incredible how much we are alike. Thankfully, we never seem to run out of material!’

  • Jay Richardson
  • 16 October 2019

Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf: 'We're kindred spirits; neither of us is the kind of person who has always thought the same way'

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The orthodox Jewish comedian and devout Muslim comic talk about joining forces and their unlikely, but valuable, double-act

Though united by their love of a certain Merseyside football club, orthodox Jewish comedian Ashley Blaker and devout Muslim comic Imran Yusuf are different in many ways. ‘We’re kindred spirits, insofar as we are curious about 捕鱼游戏币兑现金faith and have interacted with our religious traditions in different ways during our lives,’ says Blaker. ‘Neither of us is the kind of person who has always thought the same way and we are both open to ideas and think about this area of our life. I guess that’s the big thing we have in common. That and the one true faith: Liverpool Football Club.’

Citing tricky relationships with their mothers as their area of greatest overlap, Little Britain producer Blaker and Yusuf are currently developing a television adaptation. ‘Often we’ve been interacting on stage and Imran has said something and I’ve thought “wow, that’s just like us!” notes Blaker. ‘It’s incredible how much we are alike.’ Though both comics perform individual sets in Prophet Sharing, they deliver the show’s final 45 minutes together, addressing the audience’s responses to a questionnaire. ‘We cover a lot of ground,’ Blaker explains. ‘Football, cricket, dating, driving, airport security, Jewish and Muslim audiences, kosher and halal food, Jewish and Muslim mothers, our mosque and synagogue. The list is quite long. Thankfully, we never seem to run out of material.’

As the influence of the far-right grows more mainstream, it seems imperative for religious diversity and freedom of speech that people of faith are prepared to stand up. ‘It’s a worrying time and we’ve seen attacks on our houses of worship in San Diego, Pittsburgh and Christchurch,’ Blaker concurs. ‘I don’t think there’s ever been a more important time for Jews and Muslims to come together because we are much stronger together than we are apart.’

The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun 27 Oct; The Stand, Glasgow, Mon 28 Oct.

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Gabrielle announces Rise Again UK tour dates, find out how to get tickets

  • Julia Kajdi
  • 15 October 2019

Gabrielle announces huge London concert date, see how to get tickets

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English R&B and soul singer will tour the UK to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her number one album, Rise

Gabrielle (aka Louisa Gabrielle Bobb) has announced a tour of the UK in Nov 2020 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her number one album, Rise. Tickets for the shows go on sale at 10am on Fri 18 Oct.

Highly acclaimed R&B, soul and pop singer Gabrielle released her deb捕鱼现金街机ut single ‘Dreams’ in 1993, which topped the UK Singles Chart the same year. With world famous hits like ‘Going Nowhere’, ‘Give Me a Little More Time’, ‘Walk On By’, and ‘If You Ever’ alongside her studio albums Find Your Way, Gabrielle, Rise, Play to Win, and Always, she has frequently been in the UK music charts. Her greatest hits collection, Dreams Can Come True, Greatest Hits Vol. 1, was released in 2001.

One of her most popular songs is ‘Out of Reach’ from the soundtrack to the film Bridget Jones’s Diary which reached number four on the UK Singles Chart. Her most recent album, Under My Skin, was released in 2018.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her number one album, Rise, Gabrielle goes on a UK tour with a series of spectacular shows in London, Dublin, Glasgow, Birmingham, Southend, Leicester, Liverpool and other cities.

Of the tour, Gabrielle says: ‘I’m so excited about going on the road and celebrating 20 years of the ‘Rise’ album being released. I’m looking forward to performing songs from ‘Rise’ alongside lots of my other favourites and of course I could never end a show without playing ‘Dreams’, its going to be a big party full of good vibes and memories.’

Gabrielle’s Rise Again Tour 2020 dates:
Thu 12 Nov – Sage Gateshead, Sage
Fri 13 Nov – York Barbican
Sun 15 Nov – Lowry, Salford
Mon 16 Nov – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
Tue 17 Nov – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
Fri 20 Nov – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
Sat 21 Nov – Town Hall, Birmingham
Mon 23 Nov – De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Tue 24 Nov – Brighton Dome
Wed 25 Nov – Indigo at The O2 Arena, London
Fri 27 Nov – Olympia, Dublin

Tickets for Gabrielle’s UK tour go on sale at 10am on Fri 18 Oct.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (3 stars)

  • Jo Berry
  • 15 October 2019

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Enjoyable sequel to the dark, Angelina Jolie-fronted fairytale that adds Michelle Pfeiffer to the mix

Five years after Angelina Jolie first swooped across the screen as fairy Maleficent in Disney’s dark reimagining of the Sleeping Beauty story, comes this enjoyable sequel from director Joachim Rønning. It doesn’t just have Jolie – and, of course, her strikingly chiselled cheekbones and stunningly-realised wings – to recommend it, this follow-up also boasts a kick-ass performance from Elle Fanning as Aurora and, even better, an ice-cold turn from Michelle Pfeiffer as Aurora’s future mother-in-law.

A half decade has passed in the realms of humans and fairies, so it seems plausible that Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson, taking over from the original movie’s Brenton Thwaites) should have waited until now to propose to Aurora, as she was only 16 when they met. Their marriage will unite the kingdom of humans, ruled by Phillip’s parents, King John (Robert Lindsay) and Queen Ingrith (Pfeiffer), and Aurora’s land of the fey, the Moors, home of her godmother Maleficent.

However, a pre-wedding banquet between the families at King John’s castle doesn’t go well, and they don’t even get to dessert before Maleficent gets her bad magic on and Ingrith subsequently blames her for a tragedy that befalls the castle.

Of course, you wouldn’t hire Pfeiffer just to play any old royal, and while younger viewers may be shocked, it’s unlikely grown-ups will be surprised when she turns out to be the baddie of this adventure. There are subplots to be dealt with – one involving the revelation that Maleficent isn’t the only winged and horned creature around – but we all know the story is leading up to a highly anticipated face-off between Jolie and Pfeiffer.

Before we get to that, there are some strong set-pieces to enjoy, including a breath-taking winged creature battle and some smart escape-work from Fanning, whose Aurora thankfully doesn’t wait around for her prince to rescue her. The only downside is amidst all this action some characters get neglected, including Sam Riley as Maleficent’s crow/human friend Diaval, Chiwetel Ejiofor as the winged fairies’ leader and even Jolie herself, who isn’t on screen as much as you’d think, considering she’s got the title role.

When Jolie is on sc真钱捕鱼1 1reen, she gives a terrific performance that communicates so much, especially when you consider she is masked by so many make-up effects. And it’s a treat to watch her square up to Pfeiffer, albeit an all-too brief one – a shame, when it’s likely that an entire movie of Pfeiffer and Jolie throwing special effects and shade at each other would have made this the most fun fantasy flick of the year.

General release from Fri 18 Oct.

Rocks review – LFF 2019: Essential exploration of the female experience from Suffragette’s Sarah 能赢现金的捕鱼游戏有哪些Gavron

Rocks (5 stars)

  • Nikki Baughan
  • 15 October 2019


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LFF 2019: Essential exploration of the female experience from Suffragette’s Sarah Gavron

Four years after she charted the birth of the women’s vote in Suffragette, filmmaker Sarah Gavron returns with a more intimate but no less essential exploration of the female experience. Ideas of emancipation, identity and pushing one’s own limits reverberate in this richly-textured story of a modern London teenager forced to grow up before her time.

Newcomer Bukky Bakray displays astonishing natural talent as 15-year-old Nigerian-British protagonist Shola – aka Rocks – who lives with her mother Funke (Layo-Christina Akinlude) and younger brother Emmanuel (a scene-stealing D’angelou Osei Kissiedu) in East London. When Funke disappears, leaving only an envelope of not-en现金捕鱼注册送分微信ough money and an apologetic note, Rocks attempts to look after herself and Emmanuel. While she initially coasts by on self-confidence and the support of close friends, she soon finds herself in over her head and running out of options.

While Rocks and Emmanuel’s journey, literal and thematic, is the engine of this narrative, the depiction of female relationships is at its heart. That Gavron and her team spent much time with their young cast, with whom they built the story from the ground up, means that this portrayal of teen friendships is frequently funny, deeply moving and always bracingly authentic. There are glorious echoes of Céline Sciamma’s Paris-set Girlhood throughout: in the boisterous shouts that introduce us to the girls before we see them; in dance scenes where they let loose with abandon; in moments that vibrate with hope and potential, and those in which reality cuts coldly to the bone.

As with Sciamma’s film, location is key. The London skyline looms on the horizon, always there but out of reach, the girls often hemmed in by tiny bedrooms and classrooms. Crucially, however, Rocks is not defined or limited by her tower block home – she has far-reaching ambitions that she is determined to pursue. Her friends, too, come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, each with their own dreams, but they are unquestioningly accepting of each other.

Indeed, the key message here is that, even as traditional support networks of family, school and external organisations are being slowly eroded, girls such as these have always been busy building each other up. ‘Real queens fix each other’s crowns,’ shouts a bedroom wall sticker early in the film; it’s a neat encapsulation of the sense of solidarity which makes Rocks such a joy.

Screened on Fri 11 Oct and Sat 12 Oct as part of the BFI London Film Festival 2019. General release from Fri 24 Apr.

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Avril Lavigne announces 2020 UK tour dates, here’s how to get tickets

  • Julia Kajdi
  • 15 October 2019

Avril Lavigne announces 2020 UK dates for her new tour, here's how to get tickets

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Canadian pop/punk star Avril Lavigne announces 2020 UK dates for her Head Above Water world tour

Eight-time Grammy Award nominee and pop/punk singer, songwriter Avril Lavigne comes to the UK in April 2020 with her brand new world tour. Tickets for the shows go on sale at 9am on Fri 18 Oct.

The Canadian artist has confirmed UK dates for her brand new tour featuring her latest studio album Head Above Water with two huge shows in London and Manchester. Lavigne started her career at the age of 15 and since her first album release in 2002 (Let Go), she has sold over 40 million albums and over 50 million singles, making her third best-selling Canadian female singer of all time.

With international hits like ‘Girlfriend’, ‘When You’re Gone’, ‘Complicated’ and many more, Lavigne mixes skate punk and pop earning her the title ‘Pop Punk Queen’. She also appears in films and does voice overs; her latest involvement with Hollywood was a role in the animation film Charming.

She is now on a world tour with her latest album that has two major UK dates; Lavigne will play in London and Manchester in April 2020. £2 from each ticket sold will be donated to The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support people suffering from Lyme disease and other serious illnesses.

Avril Lavigne Head Above Water UK tour dates:
Wed 1 Apr – O2 Academy Brixton, London
Thu 2 Apr – O2 Apollo, Manchester

Tickets for the Avril Lavigne Head Above Water world tour go on sale at 9am on Fri 18 Oct.

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The Panopticon (3 stars)

  • Gareth K Vile
  • 14 October 2019

The Panopticon

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A rough and tumble journey into the othered

In commissioning the adaptation of Jenni Fagan’s novel, the National Theatre of Scotland demonstrated a commitment to bringing marginalised stories to the stage: following the experiences of a young woman in the Scottish care system, the script highlights the mistreatment of women in the youth care system, the prejudice of the police and panels that judge them and the harsh lives of those condemned as an underclass. And the dynamism of the production, directed by Debbie Hannan, captures the disorientating and disheartening whirl of protagonist Anais Hendricks’ experience, played with ferocious intensity by Anna Russell-Martin. It’s a restless, probing production that upends lazy assumptions about the care system, with an astonishing and powerful use of projections and video from Lewis den Hertog and a rough dramaturgy that embodies the tensions of lives lived in the shadow of the economic and social mainstream.

Against this, the production is undermined by some uneven performances from the ensemble cast and the emphasis on Anais Hendricks leaves the supporting characters underdeveloped – their tragedies and deaths are underplayed – and the transition from novel to script leaves behind scenes t奇豆捕鱼现金hat add little to the narrative. A vicious depiction of sexual assault is appropriately disturbing, but appears to lack any consequence for the character, becoming just another incident, and the superb scenography, lighting and projection is balanced against a scene that uses chairs to represent a car – a simplistic and unconvincing strategy that is too familiar from school plays.

The Panopticon promises to evolve into magic realism – again, den Hertog’s visuals add a lush and disruptive chiaroscuro – but is caught between a gritty naturalism and a poetic longing for escape. The clash between the rich inner world of Hendricks’ ambitions and belief, and the shocking reality of uncaring care is suggested, but never quite resolves into a moving or dynamic tension. The production is a strong statement of intent, a passion and striking engagement with its raw, uncompromising material, yet its intelligent reflections on the conditions of the protagonist rarely coalesce into emotive drama.

Traverse, Edinburgh, until Sat 19 Oct.

Patrick Watson – Wave – 电玩城捕鱼现金下分Melancholic and gorgeous sixth album from the experimental Canadian singer-songwriter

Patrick Watson – Wave (4 stars)

  • Megan Forsyth
  • 14 October 2019

Patrick Watson – Wave

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Melancholic and gorgeous sixth album from the experimental Canadian singer-songwriter

‘Don’t you wish that we were just dreaming?’, Patrick Watson asks on ‘Dream for Dreaming’, the first track from his sixth album, Wave. The 手机捕鱼送分可提现金6thing is though – Watson’s music always feels like a dream. The experimental singer-songwriter and composer from Montréal has an innate ability to create beautifully layered and textured soundscapes that seem out of this world.

Watson is probably best known as the vocalist on The Cinematic Orchestra’s 2007 song ‘To Build a Home’, which has been used in just about every television show, film, or advert you can think of. But Watson was making music on his own long before, and he and his band won the Canadian Polaris Music Prize (also in 2007) for the album Close to Paradise, beating the likes of Arcade Fire and Feist, among others.

Wave is Watson’s first album in four years and it packs a serious emotional punch. During the making of the album, Watson’s mother passed away, his longtime drummer left the group, and he and his partner separated. Water is a recurring theme throughout, with song titles like ‘The Wave,’ ‘Strange Rain,’ and ‘Here Comes the River’. Watson says that the album ‘is about having a wave knock you over when you realise everything you have in life can be wiped away in a moment – and then learning how not to drown in the process.’

The songs are poetic, with Watson’s trademark falsetto often complemented by piano and strings. The album’s true standout, ‘Broken’, deals with letting go of the past and has to be one of the most devastatingly sad songs recorded in recent memory. ‘Do you feel a little broken?’ he asks, as his vocals are beautifully overlayed before building to a goosebump-inducing crescendo.

The slow and sultry ‘Turn Out the Lights’ follows, and then the album suddenly loses some steam with some sleepier numbers (‘Look at You’, ‘Drive’), but any shortcomings are remedied by the gorgeous album closer, ‘Here Comes the River’. Wave is a deeply personal and introspective record from a fine songwriter who is just trying not to drown.

Out Fri 18 Oct on Domino and Secret City.

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The Alchemist (4 stars)

  • Flora Gosling
  • 14 October 2019

The Alchemist

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A glittering and goofy farcical offering from Gary McNair

A Jacobean farce in rhyming Glaswegian patter: Ben Jonson’s seventeenth-century comedy has received a thoroughly Scottish rewrite by Gary McNair. As with any newly-adapted classic (albeit one that hasn’t received much attention in recent years), the question is whether the new script is able to preserve the essence of the original while giving it a fresh lick of paint, or whether the cracks will still show through.

The plot sees a pair of bickering tricksters (Louise McCarthy and Grant O’Rourke) swindling the gullible and the rich by promising to create for them a philosophers stone and grant their wishes through ‘the faerie queen’ (McCarthy in what looks like a wedding dress festooned with fairy lights and Christmas baubles). Lies pile upon lies, disguises upon disguises, and the 6-person cast perform a whole host of zany and buffoonish characters.

McCarthy and O’Rourke bounce off each other perfectly; O’Rourke as a boastful egotist is frequently brought back to earth by McCarthy as a scathing and scheming side-kick. The cast deliver solid performances, though Neshla Caplan (who plays an anxious coffee shop owner in search of guidance) may be said to come off as slightly robotic compared. Highlights among the jam-packed character list are Robert Jack’s sultry and drawling Dame Pliant and Stephen Clyde’s impeccable Matt Berry impersonation as Lord Lovewit.

In spite of the (intentionally) convoluted plot, the animated performances and Andy Arnold’s slick direction make it easy to follow. At times it gets carried away with its own eccentricities (occasionally a character will sing ‘Sweet Adeline’ and the portraits will sling open to reveal a face singing along, a wacky touch that slightly over-eggs the pudding). Even so, Arnold’s playful vision inserts just enough sincerity for the audience to become invested in the crooked protagonists.

McNair’s script is the star of the show; the sharp rhymes and affectionately colloquial lingo flow naturally through the dialogue. The plot has aged marvellously and is a refreshing reminder that farce comedy needn’t be cheap or overacted to be funny. I天天捕鱼退现金t can be classy and still occasionally crass. The design can be sumptuous and still have costumes that look like they were put together from a collection of car-boot sale left-overs. The joys and quirks are too numerous to list; such is the daft delight that is The Alchemist.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow, until Sat 19 Oct.

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo comes 最正宗的捕鱼现金版网址to O2 Arena, London, here’s how to get tickets

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo comes to O2 Arena, London, here’s how to get tickets

  • Julia Kajdi
  • 14 October 2019

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo comes to O2 Arena, London, here's how to get tickets

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World-famous Canadian entertainment company Cirque Du Soleil announces 2020 summer London dates for their show, Coerto

Highly acclaimed circus company Cirque Du Soleil just announced that they will bring their spectacular show Coerto to London. Tickets for the O2 Arena shows will go on sale at 9am 捕鱼真人版现金on Fri 18 Oct.

One of the largest theatrical producers in the world returns with a brand new show entitled Corteo. Prepare yourself for yet an another unforgettable night of breathtaking acrobatics, gorgeous costumes, powerful music and a heartwarming story. Featuring Mauro, a dead clown whose spirit is still with us, Corteo celebrates the extravagance of the afterlife.

Cirque Du Soleil has earned its fame and name with truly magnificent creations that received numerous prizes including a Rose d’Or in 1989; three Drama Desk Awards in 1991, 1998 and 2013; three Gemini Awards; and four Primetime Emmy Awards. The circus and entertainment company even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They continue to amaze millions of people with their show and tours, and following their highly successful 2018 show, Toruk, they are ready to return to the UK in the summer of 2020 with their celebrated show Corteo.

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo runs from Wed 24 Jun to Sun 5 July at The O2 Arena in London.

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo 2020 London dates:
Wed 24 Jun – O2 Arena, London
Thu 25 Jun – O2 Arena, London
Fri 26 Jun – O2 Arena, London
Sat 27 Jun – O2 Arena, London
Sun 28 Jun – O2 Arena, London
Tue 30 Jun – O2 Arena, London
Wed 1 Jul – O2 Arena, London
Thu 2 Jul – O2 Arena, London
Fri 3 Jul – O2 Arena, London
Sat 4 Jul – O2 Arena, London
Sun 5 Jul – O2 Arena, London

Tickets for Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo shows go on sale at 9am on Fri 18 Oct.