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Sunday, December 1, 2019

On my radar: Conor McPherson’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The playwright and director on Middle East musicals, Bob Dylan bootlegs, and walking the Earth as he thinks about playsBorn in Dublin in 1971, playwright, director and screenwriter Conor McP…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

On my radar: Josie Long’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The comedian on the history that inspired her new podcast and her favourite new music and theatre Josie Long began performing standup at 14 and won the BBC New Comedy award at 17. After stud…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

On my radar: Phyllida Lloyd’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The British director on the genius of Joan Armatrading, the best organic pub in London, and the film she turns to for inspirationFilm, theatre and opera director Phyllida Lloyd was born in B…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

On my radar: James Graham’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The playwright on the renaissance of Hull, ironing to documentaries, and the romance of the Caledonian sleeper trainJames Graham grew up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. After taking a drama d…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

On my radar: Toby Jones’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The actor on Dragons’ Den, the jazz improvisations of Brad Mehldau, the Cinema Museum, a south London bus garage, and more…Born in Hammersmith, London, Toby Jones studied at the Universi…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

On my radar: Rupert Grint’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The actor on Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, David Shrigley’s unsettling cartoons, designing T-shirts online and getting his dad into RuPaul’s Drag RaceBorn in Harlow in 1988 and raise…

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Venus in Fur review – Natalie Dormer mesmerises in timely battle of the sexes by Kathryn Bromwich

Theatre Royal Haymarket, LondonThe Game of Thrones star comes into her own as an actress who toys with a sexist stage director in David Ives’s forward-thinking but flawed comedySometimes e…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

On my radar: Marianne Elliott’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The award-winning theatre director, best known for War Horse, on mystical landscapes, Paul Morley’s vision of the north and the enduring appeal of FriendsBorn in London in 1966 and brought…

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Natalie Dormer: ‘The British get very kinky under the collar’ by Kathryn Bromwich

The outspoken Game of Thrones actor on starring in S&M comedy Venus in Fur, the ongoing battles of feminism and society’s search for a panaceaIf the acting thing hadn’t worked out fo…

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

On my radar: Susan Wokoma’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The Crazyhead and Chewing Gum actor on a podcast about grief, some mind-blowing electronica, and the perfect pre-theatre venueBorn in Southwark, south London, Susan Wokoma made her acting de…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

On my radar: Jack O’Connell’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The actor on a book of ancient wisdom, the effortless cool of Fat White Family, hurling, asparagus and Ken Loach’s I, Daniel BlakeBorn in Alvaston, Derby, in 1990, Jack O’Connell made hi…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hannah Khalil: ‘With theatre you can get into people’s hearts’ by Kathryn Bromwich

The Palestinian-Irish playwright talks about the challenges of researching The Scar Test, her new play about the plight of women at Yarl’s Wood detention centreHannah Khalil’s new play, …

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

On my radar: Jonzi D’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The Breakin’ Convention founder on fantasy horror, rocking out to Slick Rick in his faux fur coat, and rasta pasta to die forAfter graduating from the London Contemporary Dance School, Jon…

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

On my radar: Sam Riley’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The Berlin-based actor and star of SS-GB on staying in touch with England through BBC Radio 4, his love for Yorkshire and David Hockney and his weekend retreat on the BalticAfter starting ou…

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Rising stars of 2017: comedian Lolly Adefope by Kathryn Bromwich

The English graduate from south London has gone from open-mic contender to Edinburgh comedy favourite thanks to her one-woman cast of sharply drawn characters• Click here to see the Observ…

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

On my radar: Hugh Skinner’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The W1A and Fleabag actor on the weird humour of Julia Davis, lovely but lethal sandwiches, and Nina SimoneHugh Skinner attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (Lamda) before b…

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

What goes on in the wings: actors' backstage secrets by Imogen Carter and Kathryn Bromwich

From knitting and piano-playing to late-night poker games, eight stars including Mark Rylance, Anne-Marie Duff and Niamh Cusack reveal allBrought up in Greenwich, London, Dominic Cooper trai…

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hollie Poetry: woman versus world – one poem at a time by Kathryn Bromwich

Performance poet Hollie Poetry on why always wanting to throw up before a gig is a small price to pay for spreading the wordLong before she quit her day job and adopted the stage name Hollie…

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

What inspires Hans Ulrich Obrist and seven other cultural tastemakers by Interviews By Imogen Carter and Kathryn Bromwich

The heads of the Serpentine, Secret Cinema, Glasgow International, the Young Vic and others on how they find fresh talent and new ideasSwiss-born curator, writer and art historian and artist…

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

On my radar: Ira Glass’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The US radio journalist on a bold coming-of-age movie, Elle King’s singing, podcast Reply All and George Saunders on Donald TrumpThis American Life host Ira Glass was born in Baltimore, Ma…

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

On my radar: Andrew Solomon’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The author of Far from the Tree on Sue Klebold – brave mother of a Columbine school killer – a play about gay parenthood and the best chocolate in the worldBorn in Manhattan, writer Andr…

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Prints of darkness: macabre vintage posters – in pictures by Kathryn Bromwich

Before TV and radio, the main way of reaching the public was with large, eye-catching posters. Theatre, silent film and opera would be advertised with colourful images fixed to walls or fenc…

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

On my radar: Gemma Cairney’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The multi-talented presenter on her favourite cry-laughing comedian, her love of men’s tailoring and her admiration for rapper Little SimzBirmingham-born Brit School graduate Gemma Cairney…

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

On my radar: Derren Brown’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The illusionist on Richard Curtis’s About Time and Chris Lilley’s Summer Heights High, Showstopper! the musical, great coffee houses and a wonderful libraryDerren Brown was born in Croyd…

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Publish and be banned: what happens when embargoes are broken by Kathryn Bromwich

With early reviews of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet causing a media storm by having broken a press embargo, we look at other times when the urge to review has been more than critics can be…

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Losing it: dementia on film, stage and page by Interviews By Kathryn Bromwich and Killian Fox

Author Emma Healey, playwright Florian Zeller and other artists talk about how dementia has informed their workWords fail us: dementia and the arts About six members of my family have had so…

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

On my radar: Jemaine Clement’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

The comedian and actor on one of history’s worst films, a touching British drama and Australia’s answer to Thunderbirds Continue reading...

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

On my radar: Sam Lee’s cultural highlights by Kathryn Bromwich

Musician Sam Lee on Robert Macfarlane’s books, Knockengorroch World Ceilidh, plant consciousness and the most amazing vegetarian breakfast Continue reading...

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hollie Poetry: woman versus world – one poem at a time by Kathryn Bromwich

Performance poet Hollie Poetry on why always wanting to throw up before a gig is a small price to pay for spreading the word Continue reading...

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stewart Lee: you ask the questions by Kathryn Bromwich

As the comedian and occasional Observer columnist Stewart Lee prepares to tour his show A Room With a Stew, here’s your chance to ask him anything you like Continue reading...

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