Category: Features – Archive

November 9, 2018 / Features - Archive

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn received his first review at the age of 10, the critic being a fellow schoolboy. Ayckbourn had adapted one of Anthony Buckeridge’s popular Jennings children’s books, and had cast himself in the role of the comic sidekick. Then he contracted a highly infectious disease, was packed off…

October 3, 2018 / Features - Archive

It’s November 8, 2016. Guitarist Marc Ribot is so appalled by Donald Trump’s election he knows he needs to respond. But how? He was making an album with his band, Ceramic Dog, at the time. “I realised that the world might have to wait for another record about me fighting…

September 7, 2018 / Features - Archive

They’re the lucky ones. Australia’s Uyghurs are still able to celebrate their ancient culture in music and dance. Their compatriots in China’s north-west Xinjiang province, meanwhile, are ever more widely reported as being arrested without charge, sent to political “re-education” camps, or simply disappearing altogether. Such allegations are denied by…