Alexander Beard

Interview: Esther Johnson on making the North East’s most personal film, Asunder

Interview: Esther Johnson on making the North East’s most personal film, Asunder

The First World War was such a far-reaching and impactful conflict that the personal stories of those involved often get lost among the statistics, as do the specific regions of Britain that the war effected. It was with this in mind that respected filmmaker Esther Johnson set about creating Asunder, the story of what happened […]

 Alexander Beard

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – Review

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – Review

Mythology has long been a key ingredient in the Neil Gaiman canon, from Anansi Boys to the sprawling American Gods, Gaiman has regularly drawn inspiration from the tales of the various Gods that inhabit our folklore. As the jacket of his latest effort, the beautifully-presented Norse Mythology, tells us: the Norse myths are woven into […]

 Alexander Beard

Pure Comedy by Father John Misty – Preview

Pure Comedy by Father John Misty – Preview

 April 7 will see the release of Father John Misty’s new album Pure Comedy. Misty (real name Joshua Tillman) initially found fame as the drummer for folk rock band Fleet Foxes, but he’s truly emerged as a generational talent under his current moniker.  Possessing a voice as impressive as his facial hair – he’s ditched […]

 Alexander Beard

Free Fire – Preview

The trailer for Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire, released in the UK on March 31, takes place almost entirely in one room. And the film’s premise serves primarily to make you wonder how on earth this film lasts for an hour and a half. A gang of criminals meet up in a warehouse in […]

 Alexander Beard

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads – Review

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads – Review

Unsurprisingly, a little over a year after his death, the memory of David Bowie and his musical impact has been steadfastly preserved. What with the gigantic success of his final album Blackstar, the television documentary 'The Last Five Years' and his recent Grammys triumph – Bowie has been almost ever-present in the public consciousness since he passed aged 69 last January.

  With that being said, it is little surprise that Bowie’s music eventually inspired a stage show – a one man performance in fact – that came to The Royalty Theatre in Sunderland on Valentine’s Day night. From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads, a line taken from the Bowie classic Life on Mars, was written […]

 Alexander Beard

The Founder – Preview

The Founder – Preview

February 17, 2017 will see the release of the Michael Keaton-starring The Founder, the story of the fast food phenomenon known as McDonalds. Keaton plays the part of Ray Kroc, a travelling salesman who meets the McDonald brothers Richard and Maurice (Nick Offerman, John Carroll) and convinces them to franchise their small diner, eventually transforming […]

 Alexander Beard

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads: The Royalty Theatre Preview

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads: The Royalty Theatre Preview

For those of us who are tired of the traditional Valentine’s Day meal, The Royalty Theatre in Sunderland has an alternative offering. The clue is in the title, as the music of the late David Bowie is brought to life in an imaginative and unexpected way. This solo show tells the story of Martin, a […]