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Issue No. 2009

Juliet Stevenson and Gawn Grainger in The Seagull (Pic: Stephen Cummiskey)

Juliet Stevenson and Gawn Grainger in The Seagull (Pic: Stephen Cummiskey)

The Seagull
Directed by Katie Mitchell
National Theatre, London
Until 23 September

This is a fresh and innovative production of one of the Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s finest plays. It deals with conflicting visions of art, with love, class and the claustrophobia of bourgeois families.

It is visually impressive with fantastic use of lighting and movement. Dramatist Martin Crimp has rewritten the script and updated the play to the early 20th century - adding a raft of servants who help draw out some of the pointed humour.

At times, especially as the story unravels, the humour undermines the tragedy of the play.

Esme Choonara

And Still I Rise
Doreen Lawrence

Doreen Lawrence has spent the last decade fighting for justice after her son Stephen was murdered by racists in Eltham, south east London in 1993.

No one has ever been found guilty. The Macpherson report concluded that the Metropolitan Police had been “institutionally racist”. With the rise of Nazi groups like the BNP this polemic autobiography is a timely reminder of where that kind of race hatred can lead.

Mary Peterson

Alright, Still
Lily Allen
Out Monday

Lily Allen has had a lot of hype in the media due to her emergence through the internet.

She has been likened to Mike Skinner of The Streets, and it’s a fair comparison. Her lyrics also deal with the mudanities of everyday life - she’s just a lot more cheerful about it.

This is an album full of witty, summery songs - you can check it out on

Kelly Hilditch

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Sat 15 Jul 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2009
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