Review: My Cousin Rachel

Roger Michell, with a back catalogue of features that includes Notting Hill, Le Week-End and Enduring Love, is clearly adept in his field, and unsurprisingly pulls it off again with Daphne Du Maurier’s drama, My Cousin Rachel. Adapting and directing this haunting thriller of torment, deadly suspicion and complex forbidden love, Michell adds another adaptation to the list, after the 1952 film came out starring Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton. Weisz’s Rachel gives the 1952 version a run for her money, with a stunning performance, which not only distresses Philip but us too, the audience.

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Review: Kathryn Joseph and Tinderbox Orchestra

A youthful alternative orchestra took to the stage of Glasgow’s stunning setting, St Luke’s, to play tracks inspired by their travels and the talent they have met internationally to launch their album, with the likes of Kathryn Joseph and Dawanggang. Tinderbox Orchestra performed their debut album in the heart of East Glasgow with an array of talent, and eclectic sounds, overwhelming the majesty of the church venue.

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Review: Hay Festival 2017

With a tiny window into one of the biggest book festivals in the UK, Hay Festival, which celebrates its thirtieth anniversary, I moseyed on down to Hay-on-Wye to catch some high profile names and celebrate yet again the world of books and reading. Despite being all too fleeting it was a marvellous opportunity to revel in the well-attended festival as well as taking a moment to gape at all the bookshops that exist in the town itself, at the same time noting that these are all too quickly depleting.

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Review: Agnes Obel

Agnes Obel took to the stage of the ABC in Glasgow to promote her most recent album, Citizens of Glass on the evening of the UK’s General Election, and eased the audience about the repercussions with her ambient dulcet sounds, music that would be fit for a floatation tank. After winning the IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year award with this most recent record, her Danish, cosmopolitan background seems somewhat significant during a time in politics when issues like Brexit and immigration are at the forefront of people’s minds.

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