How Carys’s ‘Fat ‘n’ Clean’ charity song could have been much dirtier
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How Carys’s ‘Fat ‘n’ Clean’ charity song could have been much dirtier

Many performers have been keeping busy online during the coronavirus lockdown – none more so than actress, singer and writer Carys Eleri, who has released two hilarious comedy songs for charity. Downloads of Fat ‘N’ Clean and Beyond The Fence are raising money for Tarian Cymru, a campaign to make and distribute personal protective equipment … Continue reading

Supernatural and super – Watermill Ensemble’s Shakespeare double bill
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Supernatural and super – Watermill Ensemble’s Shakespeare double bill

A double bill of supernatural Shakespeare has been touring the UK, performed by the remarkable Watermill Ensemble. I don’t normally review plays on this blog (I normally review them for this hyperlocal site in Cardiff), but these exceptional productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth deserve exceptional treatment. Continue reading

Rediscovering Sparrows Can’t Sing and its cast of future stars
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Rediscovering Sparrows Can’t Sing and its cast of future stars

It’s interesting to watch an old film and spot a future star in a small role. I noticed some of Hollywood’s biggest names when I rewatched Annie Hall, and recently I enjoyed a whole cast of soon-to-be-big actors in the British comedy-drama Sparrows Can’t Sing. This is a fascinating film in many ways. I hadn’t … Continue reading

Swansea jazz festival triumphs again (with or without Herbie)
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Swansea jazz festival triumphs again (with or without Herbie)

When James Taylor introduced his Quartet’s version of the theme from Blow-Up at Swansea International Jazz Festival last night [Sunday June 17, 2018], he told the audience it was written by Herbie Hancock. “And,” he announced, gesturing to the wings, “he’s here tonight!” For a split second, you sensed some people believed it – because … Continue reading

From ballet in Finland to acting in LA – Sanna’s eventful past and exciting future
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From ballet in Finland to acting in LA – Sanna’s eventful past and exciting future

Much-travelled and multi-talented Sanna Kaappola has performed around the world – as a ballet dancer, model and yoga teacher. Now she is a long way from her Finnish home – in Los Angeles (via New York and many other places), developing her acting skills. While she’s not working, she’s likely to be in the gym … Continue reading

Big bands, acid jazz, funk, soul and more at Swansea International Jazz Festival
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Big bands, acid jazz, funk, soul and more at Swansea International Jazz Festival

Whether you’re a fan of the big band sound, acid jazz, funk or soul, you’re in for a treat at the fifth annual Swansea international Jazz Festival, which takes place in the city’s maritime quarter, 14 – 17 June. With ticketed shows, free events and workshops, the festival takes place at 15 venues. Festival organiser, … Continue reading