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Mirren Gidda reviews Chekhov’s seminal play the Seagull, currently being performed by UCLU Drama society at Camden’s Etcetera Theatre
Rating: ★★★★ ½
Anton Chekhov, arguably one of Russia’s greatest playwrights, did not produce plays that are easy to stage, and The Seagull is no exception. Like Uncle Vanya and The Cherry Orchard, the play is set on a sprawling Russian estate and hardly seems to lend itself to a cramped room above a pub in Camden. Then there’s the language to contend with, the multiple translations available of which none, according to critics, can …
This winter break, Pi is off to the St James Theatre to attend one of their cabaret nights. Australian performer Michael Griffiths will be playing Madonna, accompanying herself on piano, and will lead audiences “on a journey through her tough life and tender songs.”
The show had a hugely successful and critically acclaimed sell out show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year and was labelled by Time Out as a “borderline religious experience”. If you like your Christmas’ full of “wickedly camp bitchiness”, to quote the Edinburgh Evening News, tickets can be purchased …
MIRREN GIDDA speaks to NIGEL FARAGE, MEP and leader of Ukip about leaving the EU, immigration hysteria, Ukip’s tax plans and why he fears same-sex marriage
I’d met Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence party, a few times before our interview, in some fairly surprising places. The first was when he came to the boys’ school adjacent to mine in 2010 to give a talk. Although present, I had to be reminded of this event, Farage then was still a way off from
being seen as a serious political contender.
Our paths crossed …
Mirren Gidda speaks to Lord Adonis about Frontline, a graduate scheme which may have slipped your attention.
Over the coming months, many finalists will be applying to various graduate schemes. Applications are already open for the big banks and accountancy firms whilst Target Jobs and similar websites email daily with news of other training courses.
There is one graduate scheme however, which may have slipped your attention. It’s called Frontline, it aims to train a new generation of social workers and this year’s applicants will be its first trainees. I spoke with Lord …
Mirren Gidda responds to Russell Brand’s controversial essay in the New Statesman.
Recently, myself and a friend were fortunate enough to be whisked off to Paris courtesy of iDBus. I’ve been to Paris many times, for cultural weekends with the family, on disastrous school trips and to participate in ill-advised French exchange visits. My mode of transport has varied too, I’ve flown, taken the Eurostar, driven and taken the ferry. Taking a bus however, was a new experience.
iDBus is a subsidiary of the French owned SNCF and has been operating for just over a year. They aim to combine comfort with low …
UCLU has long been accused of being dominated by the left, but now their homepage really proves it. Visitors to www.uclu.org
can enter the Konami code, up arrow, up arrow, down arrow, down arrow, left arrow, right arrow, left arrow, right arrow, B, A then enter. The homepage turns to red, the font looks decidedly Russian and the hammer and sickle replaces the ‘C’ and ‘L’ of UCLU.
This summer has played host to a huge number of festivals, both here and abroad. The Pi team have been out in force, wading through mud or sweating in the sun, in search of this year’s most exciting festival.
Mirren Gidda reports on Kirk Sneade’s disciplinary hearing.