THEATRE REVIEW The Southbury Child starring Alex Jennings at the Bridge Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Saturday 6 August (matinee), booking until 27 August 2022 RUNTIME: 150 minutes (with a 20-minute interval)

Jennings won 3 Oliviers between 1988 and 2003 and here plays a vicar who likes a drink, may have been unfaithful to his wife but is causing a stir in the parish because he won’t allow balloons at a Disney-loving dead girl’s funeral.

  • Read on for reasons including how the author of The Southbury Child is the screenwriter of our favourite film
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem (August 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

TRACKLIST: I’m Fine; Fucking Wizardry; Hobbies 2; Prioritise Pleasure; I Do This All The Time; Moody; Still Reigning; How Can I Help You?; It’s Been A While; The 345; John Elton; You Forever; Just Kids

A cheat, perhaps? It’s taken us a while to ride the buzz to this sophomore album but thanks to a friend’s recommendation this has barely been off our playlist all summer.

  • Read on for reasons including how we’d love for Prioritise Pleasure to win this year’s Mercury Prize
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THEATRE REVIEW: Tom, Dick and Harry starring and co-written by Andrew Pollard at the Alexandra Palace Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Saturday 6 August (evening), booking until 28 August 2022 RUNTIME: 150 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

The authors of Tom, Dick and Harry visited the National Archives in London to find the documentation surrounding the World War Two escape from Stalag Luft III best known perhaps as 1963 film The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough.

  • Read on for reasons including how your reviewer lent a hand and had a ball with several elements of audience participation
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THEATRE REVIEW: Jerusalem starring Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook at the Apollo Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Saturday 30 July 2022, runs until 10 August 2022

My companion whispers in my ear at curtain down: ‘Best living actor in this country in a role of a lifetime’ and that does feel like a suitable 12-word summary.

  • Read on for reasons including how to get tickets for this must-see show
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GIG REVIEW: Bananarama at Lafayette London

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Thursday 4 August 2022

SETLIST: Masquerade; Stay Wild; Intoxicated; Every Shade Of Blue; Move In My Direction; Velvet Lies; Looking For Someone; Let’s Go Outside Audience Q&A Stuff Like That; Bad Love; Brand New; Favourite; Look On The Floor; Waiting For The Sun; Forever Young; Running With The Night; Love In The First Degree

Bananarama may be best known as a trio but it’s easy to forget that they’ve actually been a duo – Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin – for 30 years.

  • Read on for reasons including how the band have other surprises in store to celebrate their 40th anniversary
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THEATRE REVIEW: Sister Act starring Beverley Knight & Jennifer Saunders at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHEN?: Saturday 30 July, runs to 28 August 2022

This 3,500-seater venue has 3 times been host to our Best Gig monsta winner (in 2017, 2018 and 2019) but it just feels too big from our Circle seat to do justice to this film turned musical.

  • Read on for reasons including how Hairspray star Lizzie Bea really grabbed our attention
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