Interview: Katie Mitchell on ROH’s brutal new opera: ‘There is optimism – for 10 seconds’

By Andrew Male Her last production contained cannibalism and was staggeringly successful. Could Lessons in Love and Violence top it? We sit in on rehearsals as the revered director grapples with some Danish bedside lamps.   Despair … rehearsals for the Royal Opera House’s Lessons in Love and Violence, about Edward II’s relationship with the … Continue reading

Arts and Culture: Double Consciousness

By Rowina Maneta British writer Nikesh Shukla’s second novel, Meatspace, opens with an arresting line. “The first and last thing I do every day is see what strangers are saying about me,” says Kitab Balasubramanyam, the novel’s protagonist. Kitab feels as though his life has reached an impasse: he’s just been fired from his job … Continue reading

On the Heritage Trail

By Divya Goyal, The century-old struggle of Sikhs for cremation rights in a British colony finds meaning in a museum that presents narratives of wrestlers, hawkers, and farmers, who migrated to Western Australia. The trail tells the significance of Adenia Park for Sikhs, its history, and contribution of Sikhs in the development of this British … Continue reading

Editorial comment – Honouring mothers

By Fred Wesley, an editorial comment for the Fiji Times TODAY we celebrate Mother’s Day just as we have done every year. And by doing so, some would say, risk losing the importance of such a day. The present day celebration of Mother’s Day, according to Wikipedia began in 1908 when a woman named Anna … Continue reading

Jo Nesbo sculpts “Macbeth” into shadowy Crime Noir

By James Shapiro Credit: Owen Freeman MACBETH By Jo Nesbo Translated by Don Bartlett 446 pp. Hogarth. $27. In 1937, The New Yorker published James Thurber’s “The Macbeth Murder Mystery,” about an avid reader of Agatha Christie who picks up a paperback copy of “Macbeth,” mistakenly assuming it’s a detective story. She soon discovers it’s a … Continue reading