Supernatural and super – Watermill Ensemble’s Shakespeare double bill
Dance / Fantasy / Music / Rock / Soul / Theatre

Supernatural and super – Watermill Ensemble’s Shakespeare double bill

A double bill of supernatural Shakespeare has been touring the UK, performed by the remarkable Watermill Ensemble. I don’t normally review plays on this blog (I normally review them for this hyperlocal site in Cardiff), but these exceptional productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth deserve exceptional treatment. Continue reading

Rediscovering Sparrows Can’t Sing and its cast of future stars
Comedy / Film / Music / Romance / Writing

Rediscovering Sparrows Can’t Sing and its cast of future stars

It’s interesting to watch an old film and spot a future star in a small role. I noticed some of Hollywood’s biggest names when I rewatched Annie Hall, and recently I enjoyed a whole cast of soon-to-be-big actors in the British comedy-drama Sparrows Can’t Sing. This is a fascinating film in many ways. I hadn’t … Continue reading

Swansea jazz festival triumphs again (with or without Herbie)
Funk / Jazz / Music / R&B / Soul / Wales

Swansea jazz festival triumphs again (with or without Herbie)

When James Taylor introduced his Quartet’s version of the theme from Blow-Up at Swansea International Jazz Festival last night [Sunday June 17, 2018], he told the audience it was written by Herbie Hancock. “And,” he announced, gesturing to the wings, “he’s here tonight!” For a split second, you sensed some people believed it – because … Continue reading

From ballet in Finland to acting in LA – Sanna’s eventful past and exciting future
Dance / Film / modelling / Music

From ballet in Finland to acting in LA – Sanna’s eventful past and exciting future

Much-travelled and multi-talented Sanna Kaappola has performed around the world – as a ballet dancer, model and yoga teacher. Now she is a long way from her Finnish home – in Los Angeles (via New York and many other places), developing her acting skills. While she’s not working, she’s likely to be in the gym … Continue reading