John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

May 5, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Old Fitz Theatre, April 21 5.5/10 You know you’ve entered a parallel theatrical universe when the teddy bear steals the show. Yes, Alice in Slasherland features Edgar, a talking teddy bear, who’s actually a demon from hell. And I now know that in hell’s grand pantheon, Edgar’s one of the…

May 4, 2019 / Album Reviews

FAIRGROUNDS (Edition/Planet) 8/10 The opening shoots your eyebrows skyward, and the rest of the album keeps them there. Clearly much that is new is still to be mined at the intersection of jazz, funk and electronics. Ballard, who forged a reputation drumming with Ray Charles, Chick Corea, Brad Mehldau and…

May 1, 2019 / Theatre Reviews

Kings Cross Theatre, April 17 6.5/10 How many plays dare to deal with death – or more precisely, with the relationship between the dead and those they’ve left behind? The title refers to the cremated remains of Lily, Jedda’s mother. Just because she’s dead doesn’t mean she intends abandoning the…