Francesca Peacock

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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Coronavirus and the arts: The Royal Academy goes virtual

Something has happened at the Royal Academy: someone below the age of fifty, and very out-of-step with their normal non-pandemic …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Channel 4's Pure, a comedy about OCD, is pure dead brilliant

At the end of Pure, and indeed for much of the series, I was in floods of tears. This could be …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 18 April 2020

A quarantined love-letter to Iris Murdoch

There’s a moment in The Bell (1973), where Dora – a young art-student turned wife married to her lecturer who has already left …

By Francesca Peacock

Friday, 10 April 2020

Gender bending productions sell Hamlet short

The Globe has uploaded its 2018 production of Hamlet for virtual coronavirus viewing directed by Michelle Terry, then in her …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 4 April 2020

One Man, Two Guvnors / National Theatre Live review - sweetly innocent comedy

1963 Brighton seems like a foreign country, but 2011 London seems hardly less distant. In the opening scene of One …

By Francesca Peacock

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Radio Reaction: The Beatles' ordinary elegy

Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles, 1966 Everyone knows the lyrics to Eleanor Rigby and the stories they tell. Thanks to The …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Hadley Freeman's House of Glass review - tender, compelling, and relevant

Hadley Freeman’s latest book begins with a hidden shoebox of her grandmother’s photos and trinkets, but its scope reaches far …

By Francesca Peacock

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Titian: Love, Desire, Death review - endless female flesh

Art is never just art. From Duchamp’s Fountain to the Parthenon Sculptures, art works are never just paintings, sculptures, or …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Strange Hotel by Eimear McBride review - an unremittingly annoying novel

There’s a moment near the end of Strange Hotel (2020) in which the novel’s subject comments “[f]unny, how unbearable I’m …

By Francesca Peacock