Three Eggs by Mike Snelle
June 12, 2011 – 11:00 am | No Comment

The three eggs were the palest of blues, almost white, and were freckled unevenly with tiny brown specks. They were the most beautiful things Thomas had ever held in his hands. He had seen plenty …

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FLIP SEAT FRINGE – KINGDOM OF EARTH
May 6, 2011 – 1:27 pm | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – KINGDOM OF EARTH

by Adam Smith
The first, and arguably most important thing to say here, is that the cast
of Kingdom of Earth has nailed the accents. Tennessee Williams is such an
expert at creating a sense of place through …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
March 31, 2011 – 9:05 pm | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)

By Adam Smith
The instant that tortured, soppy Romeo Montague staggers on to the stage, you know this brief tour through Shakespeare’s works is going to be funny. You wouldn’t have guessed it before that …

TRAVEL – AN EXPAT IN DUBAI: THE SEA
March 27, 2011 – 9:55 pm | No Comment
TRAVEL – AN EXPAT IN DUBAI: THE SEA

By John Syfret
Regular NFTU contributor John Syfret continues his diary of life as an expat in Dubai.

Most weekends, I go to the beach. It’s about ten minutes walk from my apartment down to …

TRAVEL – AN EXPAT IN DUBAI: FERRARI WORLD & ABU DHABI
February 22, 2011 – 9:27 am | No Comment
TRAVEL – AN EXPAT IN DUBAI: FERRARI WORLD & ABU DHABI

Regular NFTU contributor John Syfret continues his diary of life as an expat in Dubai.
Not having a car, it took me some time to find an opportunity to make the hour-and-a-bit slog up the motorway …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – RECLINING NUDE WITH BLACK STOCKINGS
September 13, 2010 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Adam E. Smith

Although Egon Schiele was one of the twentieth century’s most daring and influential artists, you could be forgiven for knowing little about him. Eclipsed by his master Gustav Klimt …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – THE MADDENING RAIN
September 3, 2010 – 2:45 pm | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – THE MADDENING RAIN

by Adam Smith
It is only a matter of time before ITV1 produces a limp feature-length drama following the life of a City trader through the banking crisis. There may even be a West End …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – MISS JULIE
August 27, 2010 – 11:34 am | One Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – MISS JULIE

By Adam Smith
Class has played a key role in British society and culture for a very long time. The opportunities or limitations afforded by one’s station of birth have shaped every corner of this island. …

CHANNEL CHOPPING – UNDERCOVER BOSS
August 24, 2010 – 10:25 am | One Comment
CHANNEL CHOPPING – UNDERCOVER BOSS

By Tom Williams
Undercover Boss (Channel 4), above all, is a marvellous exercise in corporate PR. From week to week, the narrative remains exactly the same. Stiff-suited chief executive announces, in a painfully staged board meeting, …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – SLAPDASH AT THE OLD VIC TUNNELS
July 26, 2010 – 11:03 am | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – SLAPDASH AT THE OLD VIC TUNNELS

Although south of the river, the Old Vic is an establishment theatre, staging top revivals and adding a dazzle of well-funded glamour to the Southbank. But just recently it has branched out into the avant …

TV – Lennon Naked
July 13, 2010 – 3:56 pm | No Comment
TV – Lennon Naked

by Tom Williams
Christopher Eccleston, the only Doctor Who to sport a shaved head and a shouty Northern demeanour, carries his own baggage. In other words, he is not an actor to disappear within the part, …

TV – France on a Plate
July 13, 2010 – 3:52 pm | No Comment
TV – France on a Plate

by Tom Williams

Andrew Hussey, presenter of BBC Four’s France on a Plate, likes to wear his smart dark suit, whether feasting alone in Parisian brasseries, noseying around restaurant kitchens or careering in an old …

TV – World Cup Live with James Corden
July 13, 2010 – 3:44 pm | No Comment
TV – World Cup Live with James Corden

by Tom Williams

During the introduction of James Corden’s World Cup Live (ITV1), as Corden shouted and paced through his hot, cramped studio, my television reception cut out. For a few seconds, a blank screen hovered, …

INSIDE PUBLISHING – Festival, Fiesta
July 13, 2010 – 12:22 pm | No Comment
INSIDE PUBLISHING – Festival, Fiesta

Have you ever been to a literary festival, or a book festival? They’re different from book fairs – those are industry-only, business affairs where rights deals are struck and conferences are held.

MICHAEL AMHERST – ALL MY SONS
June 28, 2010 – 10:02 am | One Comment
MICHAEL AMHERST – ALL MY SONS

Every once in a while a performance of a play comes along that defines the genre or the playwright for you. It is the measure by which you judge all future productions of the same …

FLIP SEAT FRINGE – ROMEO AND JULIET
June 7, 2010 – 10:26 am | No Comment
FLIP SEAT FRINGE – ROMEO AND JULIET

by Adam E. Smith
The basement at the Leicester Square Theatre has been transformed into a cheap garden centre. Black and white chessboard lino, limp hanging plants and a trickling water feature decorate the tiny space. …

INSIDE PUBLISHING – BOOKISH PEOPLE
May 28, 2010 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Lee
When you can buy books from aisle 2 of your weekly supermarket sweep, why bother going into a bookshop? Or why can’t you just go on Amazon?
A regime change at Waterstones is planning …

INSIDE PUBLISHING – A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK
May 11, 2010 – 11:56 am | No Comment
INSIDE PUBLISHING – A LITTLE BIT OF LUCK

Books take time to make. As you will know from all those doomed university essays (why is 2,000 words so many?), word counts are pesky things and books need at least 30,000. We also need …

INSIDE PUBLISHING – PAPER RULES
April 30, 2010 – 6:13 am | No Comment

Paper rules.
I’m not talking about in books themselves – digital is coming, get used to it – I’m talking about in publishing. In the office. In our daily working lives.

INTERVIEW – ALICE AIKEN, LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CULTURE ADVISER
April 25, 2010 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

By NFTU Arts Features Editor Michael Amherst

1. There seems to be some disagreement within the frontbench team on which department’s budgets are ring-fenced; Vince Cable has said no departmental budget is ring-fenced whilst David …