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A tree-riffic play about South Africa

06 August 2019
Tree, by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah, is an incredible immersive experience.

Muckraking political thriller that asks a deep question

06 August 2019
The Candidate uncovers the shady side of politics in a way that has us both rooting for a corrupt leader and revelling in his downfall, says Simon Basketter

Does the Cambridge Analytica documentary make a hackish point?

30 July 2019
There have been many attempts to portray Donald Trump’s presidential election victory and the vote for Britain to leave the European Union as linked.

You could be dancing in the dark to Blinded By The Light

29 July 2019
Latest film from Bend it Like Beckham director relies on cliches but it still provides a strong story that will infuriate the racists, writes Nick Grant

Edinburgh in August, festival days of fear and resistance

23 July 2019
The international rise of the right and polarised politics bleeds into the annual theatre and arts festival in the Scottish capital, writes critic Mark Brown

A ‘climate emergency show’ that’s well worth seeing

16 July 2019
Tate Modern’s retrospective of Olafur Eliasson’s work is a breath of artistic fresh air.

Hidden nightmare that lies behind the Hollywood dream

16 July 2019
Dark Mon£y is a poignant and compelling drama about sexual abuse, class and the corporate elite in the film industry, say?Dean Ryan and Kate Simon

Ari Aster’s over the top folk horror breaks new ground

08 July 2019
Midsommar uses all the classic hallmarks of folk horror—but it also has an original touch. It’s certainly not for the faint hearted, writes Gabby Thorpe

Kyle Craft’s latest album leaves you with flat feeling

08 July 2019
A glam rock album on a solid label like Sub Pop should deliver something that’s good fun, musically compelling and—given the singer’s self-professed love of Bob Dylan—lyrically engaging.

Don Pasquale hits the road

18 June 2019
The story hinges on how private property—in this case a kebab van—creates inequality and distorts the relationships between individuals.

Sweeping Lee Krasner retrospective

18 June 2019
This is an amazing and long-overdue opportunity to see the work of Lee Krasner, a formidable American artist whose importance has often been forgotten.

How system treats refugees with a bureaucratic cruelty

18 June 2019
A film about a family that flees to France from the violence of Central African Republic is a condemnation of the asylum system, writes Charlie Kimber

Ulric Cross is brought to life in inspiring film Hero

11 June 2019
The imagined words of CLR James to his compatriot Ulric Cross, “You were born in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution... you were born into freedom,” set the scene for Hero.

When art from streets raged at the silence over HIV and AIDS

11 June 2019
Artist Keith Haring’s work came out of the New York graffiti and gay scenes. A new exhibition in Liverpool charts his too-brief career, writes Noel Halifax

Allegory for the fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire

30 May 2019
Budapest high society basked in a heatwave in the summer of 1913. In Hungarian language drama Sunset, its depravity, decadence—and destruction—lie in the shadows.

Slowthai sticks two fingers up to ‘Great Britain’

28 May 2019
Slowthai wastes no time making clear his disdain for the establishment in Nothing Great About Britain, his debut album.

Untold voices from struggle for women’s suffrage in US

28 May 2019
A new book about the fight by women to get the vote in the US focuses on voices which are too often left out of mainstream histories, writes?Jan Nielsen

Illegalised—brutal play about immigration detention

21 May 2019
Illegalised will disturb you deeply, and that is a good thing.

A barnstorming, drug-filled trip to Scotland in the 1990s

21 May 2019
Beats recounts the Scottish free party scene in this well judged slice of 1990s nostalgia which makes political points too, writes Brian Claffey

Class act feels a bit familiar

14 May 2019
Working class parents square off against a middle class teacher in Class, a new play by Iseult Golden and David Horan.

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