Alex Colville

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Saturday, 14 September 2019

The Doctor review - alternately hilarious and harrowing

For Arthur Miller, there were two types of theatre, which he labelled as “Majority” and “Other”. For the Majority, theatre …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 19 July 2019

Lost Classic: The Encantadas, by Herman Melville

The few tales Herman Melville told of the land never lose the whiff of brine. Indeed, the author of Moby-Dick was moulded …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 5 July 2019

Dead Poets Live: Poetry should be read aloud

Part of poetry’s magic lies in it being a time capsule, with simple lines on a page, “a fragile chariot” according …

By Alex Colville

Saturday, 29 June 2019

Europe at the Donmar – the best play about Brexit is from 1994

London theatre is currently working out how best to portray Trump and Brexit. The approach varies. Some productions are top-down, …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 21 June 2019

How to be modern - Lee Krasner at the Barbican

In 1974, Lee Krasner, an outstanding force in abstract expressionism, but generally known as “Mrs Jackson Pollock”, began tearing up …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 14 June 2019

Lost Classic: My Father and Myself, by J.R. Ackerley

You may be forgiven if JR Ackerley doesn’t ring many bells. He was literary editor of The Listener, the great …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 31 May 2019

Can robots create great art?

If you believe in first impressions, the Barbican’s AI: More Than Human is disappointing. Start with MakrShakr, the robot bartender …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 24 May 2019

The Queen at rest

The Queen sat in the dark staring at an ultra-violet crucifix, the air awash with the incense of a Soho …

By Alex Colville

Friday, 17 May 2019

Whatever happened to Scandinavian art?

Scandinavia is internationally renowned for its literary heritage. Ibsen and Strindberg are well-known to the popular imagination, as are Kierkegaard …

By Alex Colville