John Shand | Music & Other Spheres Posts

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.…

March 16, 2020 / Album Reviews

LANZAROTE (Hubro) 8.5/10 If you only ever bought music on Norway’s Hubro label you’d still possess an improbably broad collection. At the same time that Lanzarote was released, for instance, out popped a bizarre album from drummer Oyvind Skarbo’s band, Skarbo Skulekorps (which races between surf music, the Caribbean, free…

March 16, 2020 / Theatre Reviews

Ensemble Theatre, February 19 6.5/10 The Crunch Time of the title is the moment when assisted dying becomes urgent, and providing that ultimate act of kindness is put to the test. This sequence has begun with Steve asking his grown-up sons the painful question, “Was there ever a moment when…