‘Pain and Glory’: What makes us who we are? – ‘Storyhouse’

‘Pain and Glory’: What makes us who we are? – ‘Storyhouse’

'In Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodóvar’s latest feature, there is a moment during a flashback scene that I distinctly recognised. A young boy sees a grown man naked for the first time. Eduardo (César Vincente) is a truly beautiful man, with delicate features and deep brown eyes, who has been helping the family fix up [...]

Letting the Vines Snap: On Animals (2019) and Friendship – ‘Sundance London’

Letting the Vines Snap: On Animals (2019) and Friendship – ‘Sundance London’

“Maybe that’s why we fuck things up – so that peace, when it comes, feels like enough.' - Animals, Emma Jane Unsworth Through my early twenties, I had a best friend. We were in a bigger group of seven but as part of an unspoken rule we were each other’s ‘emotional support’. Our group was [...]

How To: Keep Your Houseplants Alive (Without a Human Sacrifice) – ‘Storyhouse’

How To: Keep Your Houseplants Alive (Without a Human Sacrifice) – ‘Storyhouse’

Little Shop of Horrors at Storyhouse, Chester, 2019 'Are you having trouble keeping your house plants happy? Are they giving you nothing but heartache and hurt? Lift up your head and wash off your mascara. Here, take my Kleenex. There’s no need to cry. It can be HARD keeping plants alive. They can look like they're happy and [...]

The Normal Heart: Learn from it and carry on the fight – ‘Please Know’

The Normal Heart: Learn from it and carry on the fight – ‘Please Know’

In April 1985, at New York’s Public Theatre, a new play opened. It had a simple set, just a few items of furniture and an old hospital gurney. On the plywood walls at the back of the stage and on the walls of the theatre itself facts, figures, and names were written in simple black [...]

Review: Wound

Review: Wound

Richard Scott can make what was considered seedy into a thing of beauty, he can take violence and spin it into verse that both hurts and stuns. His poetry captures the essence of what it means to be gay, and to be an artist, and how those things work in conjunction. It shows what it [...]

Review: Real Man Adventures

Review: Real Man Adventures

In his first ‘memoir’, T Cooper explores his life from every angle. His own, his wife’s, his brother's, his friend’s parents, his parents, societies, the town he lives in, the police, the media, and so on. This is a genre-bending ‘memoir’ that compiles together essays, lists, interviews, transcripts, and images to create a cross-examination of [...]