Fresh, funny, frivolous: Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience from English Touring Opera

A joyous explosion of tuneful Victorian satire provides an unlikely, yet ideal, contrast to English Touring Opera‘s Tosca as their Patience tours the UK in this finely-cast, period-perfect rendition. Director Liam Steel presides over a vivacious, vigorous production which brims with genuine humour, constantly energised by strong group choreography, a vocally sumptuous chorus, and a cast…

Balls: The Evening Before the Morning After - Drinking Sculpture 1972 Gilbert & George born 1943, born 1942 Purchased 1972 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T01701

Can you polish a turd? The Gilbert & George retrospective

True to their ‘Art For All’ mantra, the Gilbert & George retrospective at Tate Modern begins and ends outside the paid confines of the exhibition. Vast, glossy grids, towering overhead for free, mutter malevolently about terrorism, Iraq, conspiracies, etc. Fittingly, the escalators actually restrict your view of these pieces, so that they seem overbearing, overstated,…