Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Film Review

   Aaron Farrell  ‘Thwip and release, thwip and release,’ prompts Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson) teaching a young Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) to web-swing through white powdered pine trees as they flee an in-pursuit Doc Ock (Katherine Hahn – that’s right, an inspired female Octavius). This astutely observed and delectably […]

La Cenerentola – Theatre Review

Aaron Farrell   La Cenerentola is an operatic Cinderella story, as told by the music of Gioachini Rossini, famed 19th century Italian composer. The Welsh National Opera’s La Cenerentola is layered with playful meta-humour, grand staging and a vivid colour spectrum (seemingly born in Terry Gilliam’s dreams) that drenches the […]

Saturday Night Fever – Theatre Review

  Aaron Farrell Saturday Night Fever is a film with cult status. To take its formula of iconography in Brooklyn, Travolta, and Disco then morph it in a stage production is a bold move by Bill Kenwright. Boldness often leads to brilliance, or at least a bloody good time. Whilst […]

Gwlad! Gwlad?: An invitation to a party – Review

Ifan Morgan Jones Ein Gwlad is a new Welsh political party that launched over the summer, with the aim of reenergising politics in Wales. This book looks at first glance like a party manifesto, or at least an explainer as to what this new political party stands for. As someone […]

Wales: The First and Final Colony – Review

Ifan Morgan Jones This book is a collection of essays, columns and speeches by Adam Price, bookended by his most recent calls to arms at Plaid Cymru’s 2018 spring and summer conference. But it also includes some of his greatest hits going back over ten years, back to the time […]

Heroic Failure: Brexit and the politics of pain – Review

Lila Haines This is not a book about Britain, Fintan O’Toole insists in his introduction. Scotland and Wales are largely and deliberately absent from it because, he argues, “Brexit is essentially an English phenomenon”. It is, however, a book with something for the many – for puzzled citizens wondering how […]

Y Digymar Iolo Morganwg – Book Review

Ifan Morgan Jones Iolo Morganwg seems to be in vogue at the moment. This book, which offers a “new and exciting portrayal” of the laudanum-soaked polymath comes hot on the heels of two novels, I, Iolo, and Saith Cam Iolo, both released within the past four years. Not that the […]

Wildlife – Film Review

Aaron Farrell Wildlife is an earnest study of parenthood, childhood and how the coming-of-age and expectations of others never cease to exist. Following Joe (Ed Oxenbould on career-making form), a sweet, mild-mannered fourteen-year-old school, the audience witness the deconstruction of his parents marriage as wildfires close to the Canadian border […]

King Lear – Theatre Review

Aaron Farrell “It is my ideal that you can look in the audience’s eye and that they can look into yours,” preambles Sir Ian McKellen during the interviews and contextualisation of King Lear before the show. “I scream Brexit before every performance,” leers Sinead Cusack (Kent). Cusack acknowledging not only […]