Music, theatre, film & books to enjoy

The summer has peaked in a high of new music releases, new films and books galore, following some quieter weeks. We are therefore spoilt for choice and have had to be very hard in selecting what to feature here in our 1st anniversary month. As always, it is what we like that is featured, not necessarily what is being pushed in the commercial market.


Top music


Our top 10 for this month is:


Burn - Ellie Goulding

Loving You – Matt Cardle and Melanie C

We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus

Dear Darlin’ - Olly Murs

Everything Has Changed - Taylor Swift

Summertime Sadness [Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais] (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana del Rey & Cedric Gervais

Earthquake (DJ Fresh vs. Diplo) [Explicit] – DJ Fresh & Diplo

Applause – Lady Gaga

Other Side Of Love – Sean Paul

Holy Grail (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Justin Timberlake] – Jay-Z (feat. Justin Timberlake)






The Globe Theatre

From 4th July

Directed by Eve Best


For classical theatre, go to The Globe for a glorious and bloody production on Macbeth. Next up in the Globe’s ‘Season of Plenty’ programme is this version of Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy of a king’s death, and the rise of a dictatorial replacement, controlled as much by fate as by his own fallibility. Eve Best makes her directorial debut, and with Joseph Millson as Macbeth and a fiery Samantha Spiro as his wife, this is a powerful and tense production, which fits the bill nicely for the mid-point in this year’s Globe season.


Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

Theatre Royal

Drury Lane

Directed by Sam Mendes


For indulgent childhood imaginings and typically dark Roald Dahl humour, go and experience Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. This is production on a grand scale, with sets to take your breath away – a Sam Mendes spectacular that brings his cinematic eye to the stage. You might think it is for children, but audiences have been mainly adult so far.




Out this month:


The Sea (2013)

Director: Stephen Brown

Writers: John Banville (novel), John Banville (screenplay)

Stars: Bonnie Wright, Charlotte Rampling, Natascha McElhone


The story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife.



Upstream Color (2013)


A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.


Director: Shane Carruth

Writer: Shane Carruth

Stars: Amy Seimetz, Frank Mosley, Shane Carruth



Two books this month – something old and something new:


Jazz (2005)

Toni Morrison


A bitter-sweet picture of black America in the early post-slave era and the birth of jazz on the city streets, this is a beautifully crafted novel you will not want to put down – not a surprise when you learn that author Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for literature. Definitely not a typical “prize-winning novel”, this book entertains and enchants in equal measure.


Night Film (2013)

Marisha Pessl


This thriller is unusual book exists in a whole world created for and dedicated to the central character, reclusive film director Stanislas Cordova. Throughout the book you will find clippings from his fictional press interviews, while online Pessl has created posters for his horror films, adding real-life mystery to the read.


The plot revolves around the apparent suicide of Ashley Cordova, Stanislas’ daughter. But journalist Scott McGrath doesn’t believe this and gets drawn into Cordova’s weird world. A very different read.




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