John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

March 28, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

Kings Cross Theatre, March 12 6.5/10 It’s probably unsurprising that we don’t do morality plays any more, given we don’t really do morality – although US playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins would presumably argue that’s just when we need a moral prod the most. Certainly the timing of this Cross Pollinate production…

March 24, 2020 / Album Reviews

PARIS CAFE (Putumayo/Planet) 3.5 A bottle of French bubbles is dirt cheap compared with an airfare to Paris, so buy two, plus the best baguette and camembert you can find, and then play this. Voila! Paris! Despite spanning many decades and variants of Parisian music, this album never breaks its…

March 21, 2020 / Features

“To be, or not to be…” The most famous six words in drama are also probably the most anticipated by audiences. When Berlin’s Schaubuhne theatre company brought Hamlet here 10 years ago, the production began with that speech, as if to say, “There. We’ve got that out of the way.…