Rock of Ages
Adapted from the hit Broadway musical, Rock of Ages wraps a fist pumping soundtrack of 80s soft rock hits around a slender ‘small town girl meets city boy’ love story. The cast – including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta Jones – sing songs by bands such as Def Leppard, Journey, Foreigner and Poison and the film revels in the styles of an often reviled decade. But does it rely too much on our affection for guilty pleasures?Rock of Ages
Invisible: Art about the Unseen 1957 – 2012
Ever since 1958, when the French artist, Yves Klein staged an exhibition that featured white rooms saturated with what the artist claimed to be invisible energy, critics and audiences have been challenged, surprised and outraged by the concept of invisible art. The Hayward Gallery’s new exhibition, Invisible: Art about the Unseen 1957 – 2012 is billed as the first UK survey of artworks that explore the invisible, hidden and unknown and includes Yoko Ono’s Instruction Paintings (a set of typed instructions inviting the audience to create the work in their own head), Tom Friedman’s Untitled (A Curse) (an empty plinth above which a spherical space has been cursed by a witch) and Jeppe Heine’s Invisible Labyrinth – a virtual maze that visitors can explore using vibrating headsets.Invisible at The Hayward Gallery
For many the word improvisation still conjures up memories of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’, but next week BBC One launches an ambitious series of five improvised dramas conceived and directed by Bafta-winner Dominic Savage.True Love BBC website
Stripped across the week, each half hour episode explores the nature of love in a different configuration with the actors improvising dialogue around the given plots. The impressive cast includes David Tennant, Jane Horrocks and sometime Review Show panellist David Morrissey.
Best-selling writer Frances Osborne’s latest book is the tale of two young women transformed by a period of upheaval, on the brink of the First World War. Beatrice Masters is the unmarried daughter of a wealthy businessman who becomes jaded by the pressures of the social season, while living below stairs in the same Mayfair mansion is Grace Campbell, a maid from Carlisle. As Grace discovers the works of Engels while dusting the library shelves, Bea’s illicit involvement with the suffragette movement introduces her to a thrilling new world. From society drawing rooms to the trenches of France, the narrative traces the evolution of women’s emancipation and the rise of the working class movement. But while Downton Abbey and the revival of Upstairs Downstairs proved our enduring appetite for Edwardian tales of class and war, does this saga of socialites, servants and suffragettes illuminate this febrile period of social and political change for women in particular, or is it simply another nostalgic look at life above and beneath a grand staircase?Frances Osborne's website
June 16th is Bloomsday, the annual celebration of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. In honour of the 90th anniversary of the book’s publication, Radio 4 is broadcasting a seven part dramatisation over the course of the day.Radio 4 James Joyce's Ulysses website
Few artists can claim to have sold over 4 million albums by the age of 24, but Scottish songwriter and musician Amy Macdonald’s anthemic folk rock has earned her a huge following since her number one hit This Is The Life in 2007.Amy Macdonald's website
Tonight in The Review Show studio Amy performs a track from her brand new album, Life in a Beautiful Light.
- Martha Kearney
- Executive Producer
- Andrew Lockyer