Arts, Events & Exhibitions

Reviews of plays, music & art exhibitions- with a Catholic angle. This category also includes profiles of artists and musicians, where the artists are Catholic or Christian, or the play or work of art deals with a Catholic theme - directly or indirectly.


Profile: Carly Paoli

Singing My Dreams, Carly Paoli's first album, is quite literally what Carly is doing.

Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the daughter of a lorry driver and Italian mum who is a bilingual singer, her brother is a builder.

Since she was seven Carly knew what she wanted to do. Not just singing, but being on stage performing and sharing a story.

Early influences include Judy Garl...

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North London parish hosts Rush in Ballet

Natalia Napalkova and Mattias Carbonetti

Rush in Ballet presented an evening of classical dance performances and live music at Our Lady Help of Christians in Kentish Town, north London last night.

There was a wonderful mix of dances from Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet. Tenor Mattias Carbonetti and Natalia Napalkova alto, also sang beautifully. Mattias, who comes from...

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London: National Gallery acquires rare painting by woman artist

Artemisia Gentileschi: Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria

The National Gallery has acquired a rare painting by Artemisia Gentileschi: Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria. The oil painting from about 1615-17, will undergo conservation treatment before going on display in early 2019.

Hannah Rothschild CBE, who in 2015 became the first woman to chair the Nation...

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Ireland: Church music summer school opens

More than 100 singers and musicians from around Ireland are expected to attend the 49th Annual Irish Church Music Association's Summer School in Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth from tomorrow Wednesday 27 June to Saturday 30 June.

The theme of this year's summer school is Faith, Hope and Love and will reflect the events planned for each of the three days of the Congress of the upcoming W...

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Play: Whisky Galore

The celebrated Compton Mackenzie novel and 1949 Ealing comedy Whisky Galore is currently touring in a superb all-female stage adaptation, staged to mark the 100th anniversary of partial women's suffrage in Britain. Based on true events, Whisky Galore recounts how the dull and harsh existence of the islanders of Little Todday and Great Todday during World War Two is joyfully transform...

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Review: 'Translations' at the National Theatre

Colin Morgan (Owen) in Translations - image Catherine Ashmore

Mist swirled at the back of the stage, behind a hill, as lights dimmed and a packed audience silently anticipated the start of 'Translations'. It was the backdrop of the play throughout, setting the scene of foggy evenings in Donegal, but also reminding of the mists of time where the land has seen many generations come and go, and recalling images of no man's land in wartime, particularly when ...

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The Life of Christ at Wintershall

The Wintershall Players have become renowned for their epic re-enactments of what is, indeed, the greatest story of all time. Every year on Good Friday, The Passion of Jesus is performed to more than 20,000 people in Trafalgar Square and every summer The Life of Christ is presented at the Hutley family's beautiful farm, Wintershall, an area of extraordinary natural beauty which sits within the ...

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Peter's Way of the Cross at the Old Bailey

The Great Hall of the Old Bailey was the dramatic setting for Peter's Way of the Cross last Wednesday, performed by The Choir of Westminster Diocese Lourdes Pilgrimage, directed by the composer Giovanni Marseglia, with actors from the Catholic Association for Performing Arts (CaAPA). The piece is a series of reflections on the Stations of the Cross, seen through the eyes of St Peter.

Mary...

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'How long, Lord?' Fairouz chants in solidarity with Jerusalem and Gaza

More than fifty years have passed since Lebanese artist released in 1967 her song for Jerusalem, 'The flower of cities'. Today, and in the aftermath of the recent Gaza massacre, Lebanon's most renowned artist returns with 'Ela Mata Ya Rabbou' (How long, Lord?), a hymn adapted from chapter 13 of the Book of Psalms, which she ...

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Review: Chichester Festival's "stark" productions

Chichester Festival has revived Debbie Tucker-Green's 'Random', in a double-bill together with 'Generations'. This hypnotically repetitive meditation on the Aids crisis in South Africa sees the cast walk off one by one, beginning with the youngest, and the survivors repeat the scene over and again, in ever more elegiac tones, while the South African Cultural Choir provide the poignantly vibrant...

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London: Great Hall of the Old Bailey to host Lourdes charity event

Great Hall of the Old Bailey - image KD/ICN

The Great Hall of the Old Bailey will be the setting for a performance of Peter's Way of the Cross, on Wednesday evening, 30 May.

The Choir of Westminster Diocese Lourdes Pilgrimage with Actors from the Catholic Association for Performing Arts will take part in this event by kind permission of the Judge Nicholas Hillard QC, Recorder of the City of London. There will be drinks ...

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London: Exhibition of work by artists Tom Treherne and Mike Quirke

An exhibition showcasing oil paintings by Tom Treherne, and a selection of prints and drawings by Mike Quirke, is on at Our Lady of Dolours RC Servite Church, 264 Fulham Road, London SW10 9EL until 22 May 2018.

Tom studied at St Andrews, Oxford, and the Royal Drawing School. He paints religious subjects finding inspiration in Genesis, Daniel, Revelations, the Gospel of Matthew, and also m...

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London: @70 - Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Palestinian exodus, also known as the Nakba or "catastrophe". @70: Celebration of Contemporary Palestinian Culture, taking place at RADA Studios, Chenies Street, London from the 14-20 May, is a week-long festival of theatre, dance, films and talks commemorating the Palestinian experience of dispossession and loss of a homeland. Every year ...

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Brighton Rock on Stage

Two years after her excellent Brideshead Revisited adaptation (read my review on this site), Bryony Lavery has adapted Graham Greene's Brighton Rock for the stage and has scored another palpable hit in a triumphant ensemble production sensitively directed by Esther Richardson. Whereas Waugh's Brideshead focuses on the aristocratic and upper echelons of society, Brighton Rock is a nov...

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