Thursday 08th December

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James Minogue

Another Way

Another Way – Reviewed

Art is the ultimate expression of humanity and it’s how we define our uniqueness in the face of evanescent existentialism. Music is perhaps the greatest expression in this spectrum as it creates a universal link that enables the listener to immediately feel the purveyed message. Imagine then, if you will, being made privy to a dialogue on humanity that chooses to use music as the vehicle of its message. Another Way uses music, you could label it as a musical if you wish, but it isn’t in the traditional sense. It’s a play that uses song as a form of lyrical verse; forget Wicked or Rock of Ages, this instead is instead a dialogue on life that uses lyrical intervention as a modus operandi to carry through a simple message: there’s got to be another way.

It’s the unique touches of the production that truly separate it. Filming the audience as two of the protagonists burst into song and shower them with paper folded origami – messages inscribed upon them such as, “keep walking around your apartment naked…your neighbour loves it”. That tickled me. Still, we were soon ushered into our seats after being herded together like cattle (a symbolic gesture I’m sure, though one I seem to be unable to ascertain the meaning of) and I couldn’t help but find the introduction as gimmicky. It was different for sure, and different can often be good, but this isn’t a fantasy or even remotely fantastical in nature, this is a very human story about finding another way in an increasingly hostile and cynical world. Perhaps breaking the fourth wall so early on wasn’t the best way to keep me engaged, but you know what I liked it all the same.

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Category: Culture
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Backyard Cinema – The Speakeasy of The Movies

As a city London has a particular feel: it’s archaic and traditional yet eclectic and original. There are few events that could claim to perfectly capture the spirit of modern London whilst allowing the participant to engage in the escapism of some of their more preferred mediums. Backyard Cinema, however, does just that. It’s a roaming cinema that pops up and moves from location to location in order to bring an audience a very different type of cinema experience. I think the highest compliment that I could pay to the event is to label it as ‘Speakeasy Cinema’: the type of outing that upon arrival will find you clutching a vintage cocktail and immersed in the sounds of Latin-jazz fusion. You could quite easily equate the experience to sneaking through the back of a 1920’s pharmacy to find yourself in a world of hidden delight, and that’s all before you sit down to watch your film of choice. Of course, that doesn’t detract away from the fact that families are more than welcome, it’s just that one gets the sense that this event is definitely aimed at a more adult demographic.

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Category: Cinema