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May 22, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Ensemble Theatre, May 9 5/10 Playwright Tom Wells said that he set out to write a play “that felt a bit like a folk song”. What he ended up with is more LA pop anthem than East Yorkshire ballad: you know those wretched songs where the verse, chorus and bridge…

May 19, 2019 / Uncategorized

Eternity Playhouse, May 7 6.5/10 This cute little play is rather like an assignment at drama school: construct a comic scenario in which the actors will have to communicate non-verbally more than verbally. American Bess Wohl’s solution was to set her 90-minute work at a silent spiritual retreat, introduce a…

May 18, 2019 / Album Reviews

PACIFICA (Earshift) 7.5/10 This is the first Vampires opus to feel more like a destination than a journey. That destination still has multifarious influences, but you sense a band that has moved beyond trying to be something, and is now a project allowing the four members fully to express their…