All The Nu Things: Our Pick Of What To See, Hear, Play And Read This Winter
There’s so much to see, hear, play and read this winter; here’s our pick…
The War of The Worlds
Legend has it that when Orson Welles first performed HG Wells’ War of The Worlds as a radio play at Halloween in 1938, it was so authentic that people rushed out into the streets in panic, believing that there was indeed a Martian invasion. You can listen to the original on YouTube and make your own judgement or you can tune in to what looks to be an absolutely epic production by the BBC set in Edwardian England during an alien invasion. Expect a huge cast including Rafe Spall, Eleanor
Tomlinson and Robert Carlyle as well as an awful lot of moustache wax and Martians!
No Time to Die
At one point we thought this was never gonna happen with multiple changes in writers and directors, but Bond is back and it’s Daniel Craig’s fifth and reported last outing as British Spy 007. Is there a place for the
historically misogynistic Bond? Well, with the likes of Phoebe Waller Bridge on the writing team it seems that everyone’s favourite super spy is being dragged into the modern world. Does that mean the end of the Bond Girl? We think it’s more like the very beginning and we cannot wait!
Pose Season 2
If you haven’t seen Pose yet or even heard of it then get yourself on BBC iPlayer immediately. Ryan Murphy’s ground-breaking drama which features the biggest ever trans cast tells the story of the 1980’s New York Ballroom culture which saw dispossessed members of the LGBT community come together and choose escapism, fabulousness and Vogue! Gag binge-watching Season One and then tune in weekly for season two which picks up on the House of Evangelista two years on as the Ballroom scene goes from ghetto to global. Now get out of my way, this outfit is far too good not to be seen…
Rambo Last Blood
It’s unbelievable to think that at the age of 73 Sylvester Stallone can come back and play the greatest action hero of all times, the character defining John Rambo. Almost forty years since the first Rambo, Last Blood returns with the title lead confronting his past and exacting revenge in this his last mission. And it’s probably best it’s his last outing to be fair as, unlike Bond, Rambo just can’t get with the modern-day world- a bit like Brexiteers. If you got upset about Greggs selling Vegan sausage rolls, this is probably the film for you.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
The final instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the one that has to somehow deal with the death of Carrie Fisher and the therefore disappearance of the one and only Princess Leia. With director J.J. Abrams unwilling to recast the role (quite right) or to over rely on computer generated trickery, expect Leia to make a small yet significant impact on proceedings using previously shot and unused footage. A year after the events of The Last Jedi, the remnants of the Resistance face the First Order once again. Meanwhile an ancient conflict will bring the Skywalker saga to a definitive end.
The Lion King
Elton John may not have liked it but the live action remake of Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, is a film of epic proportions and a thing of beauty to behold. On the African savanna a future king is born. Simba worships his father, King Mufasa, and prepares for his royal destiny but his ascendance is not accepted by everyone with former heir to the throne Scar, Mufasa’s brother, having plans of his own. A battle of betrayal sees Simba exiled until with a little help of is friends, he rises again to take back what is rightfully his.
With a global arena tour starting in April, Dua Lipa’s sophomore long player will be more upbeat with no ballads and a distinctly disco edge. If
new single ‘Don’t Start Now’ is anything to go by then we cannot wait. The 24-year-old singer has teased that her new music is a change of direction, she said: “It would probably be risky if I wasn’t risky with the next record. I don’t think it would be as fun if I tried to recreate the first record. As
an artist, you constantly want to grow and change your perspective and try something new.”
Coldplay – Everyday Life
Everyone’s guilty pleasure (who hasn’t been alone in the car and turned up ‘A Sky Full of Stars’) Coldplay are back with their first album in four years and it’s out now. Announcing the album via a classified advert in a Welsh newspaper, ‘Everyday Life’, is a double player split into separate halves – Sunrise and Sunset – we presume that the new singles, the upbeat Orphan and reflective Everyday Life fall into the respective halves meaning that this could possibly be the Coldplay album for every mood. Even if you do play it in secret.
West Side Story
The classic story of Romeo & Juliet updated, the musical masterpiece, West Side Story comes to Leicester’s Curve this Christmas and brings with
it a timeless score including America, I Feel Pretty, Tonight and Something’s Coming as well as a 16-piece Orchestra. The path of true love never runs smoothly and when one of you is a Jet and the other a rival Shark, mixing love and gangs can only lead to trouble and heartbreak. Take your mum and pack your tissues. Until 11 Jan.
A thrilling re-imagining by The REP, Wendy and her little brothers are feeling lost. Separated from their mother, they’ve been sent to live in a
flat high up above the city of Birmingham. Then one night, a remarkable flying boy arrives offering her an escape. The boy’s name is Peter Pan and he invites Wendy and her brothers to fly away with him to a magical world beyond their urban reality. A world of mischievous Lost Children and boundless dreams called Neverland. But there’s danger lurking – it’s also
a place of malicious mermaids, feisty fairies and the devious Captain Hook, who is plotting on Skull Island with a band of fearsome pirates. Can Wendy defeat them to save her newfound friends?
Just the Tonic
Ever get bothered by Mosquitos on your hollibobs? Then make sure your
drink of choice is a Gin and Tonic as Tonic Water was originally developed as a cure and preventative measure to malaria and mozzie bites! For fans of all things Gin, Just the Tonic explores the drinks roots in the Victorian era. Read up on the changing role of the G&T: the rise and fall, and rise again, of cocktails during the 19th century; the art deco cocktail bars of the 1920s, through to the Mad Men era and the recent resurgence of the gin and tonic as a drink of choice. Written by leading experts from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this is the first authoritative book on the history and role of tonic water.
Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams
Inspired by the one and only superhero, extraterrestrial, and rock and roll deity in history, this is the original graphic memoir of the great Ziggy Stardust! In life, David Bowie was one of the most magnetic icons of modern pop culture, seducing generations of fans with both his music and his counterculture persona. In death, the cult of Bowie has only intensified. BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams chronicles the rise of Bowie’s career from obscurity to fame; and paralleled by the rise and fall of his alter ego as well as the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust. As the Spiders from Mars slowly implode, Bowie wrestles with his Ziggy persona. The outcome of this internal conflict will change not only David Bowie, but also, the world.