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Spectator Play: what’s worth watching, listening to or going to this weekend

24 May 2013

6:33 PM

24 May 2013

6:33 PM

This Saturday’s Eurovision contest was never going to be a triumph for the UK, that much was for certain. What was slightly surprising, however, was the Danish victory with their song Only Teardrops

The song might have been one of the favourites to win, but the triumph of what Fraser Nelson described as a collaboration between ‘one of Scotland’s world class folk musicians’ and ‘the voice of a rising star of the Danish folk scene’. In this week’s arts lead Emma Hartley interviewed Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest’s mentor, Fraser Neill, about the making of a very Scottish performer. Here’s a video of the two of them performing

Anne Boleyn was, allegedly, one of Henry VIII’s favourite wives; so why did he behead her? We’d have to rewind time to find out, but for now, the Tower of London have decided to convert their Banqueting Hall into a theatre, and to stage a play following the rise – and fall – of Anne Boleyn. Novelty it may be, but this doesn’t stop it from being an impressive play, as Lloyd Evans says in his review of it this week.


If Anne Boleyn were alive now, her life might have been recorded on one of Alan Dein’s Radio 4 programmes. His most recent series, Don’t Log Off, revolves around the world of internet chatrooms. As Kate Chisholm discovers in her radio review this weeks, the methodology leads him to a variety of bizarre characters, but what is most intriguing about them is ‘how frank Alan’s conversational partners are prepared to be, disclosing the most intimate and sometimes shocking details of their lives’. Here’s a clip from one of his most recent programmes, in which a Cairo interview is interrupted by gunshots.

‘Who doesn’t drift through life?’ asks Deborah Ross. ‘Did you ever have a plan?’ This week’s film, Something in the Air, is certainly ‘drifty’, but is this a good or a bad thing? At times, says Deborah, ‘I wanted to throttle the film for its vagueness’, but it is, at least, charmingly French. The trailer, too, is ‘charmingly vague’, but if that alone puts you off, the film’s probably not for you.




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  • Austin Barry

    Yeah, let’s all have a happy weekend and forget about the malignity that spreads across our land. All comments are indeed closed.

    • Span Ows

      Indeed. Very sinister and over a myriad of sites.

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      ‘Not in our name’ – British Muslims denounce the Woolwich attack on Twitter

      Still there as No.1, this is just BS.

      • Tory_High_Command

        You can still comment freely at the other Coffee House Wall..

        • Span Ows

          Thanks, looks interesting and I will ‘pop over’ later to comment.

      • salieri

        Look over at the other thread and be amazed: you’ve just been moderated, mate.

        • Span Ows

          So I see! In fact one comment has been deleted…all I did was quote what was in the article and repeat those words. The moderated post was as the one above, highlighting some “fixing” that the Spectator has done internally. Oh dear, all faith going…

          • salieri

            and I thought it was my machine playing tricks. For some reason the moderating mechanism seems to have gone into overload lately: hmm, wonder why. And what are things coming to when even the trolls are getting moderated…?