Brett Mottram


The Commitments at Norwich Theatre Royal: Review

At one point in The Commitments, a review is quoted which describes the band as ‘a good time’, and this eloquently sums up tonight’s experience at Norwich Theatre Royal. The musical, based on the book by Roddy Doyle, and following the fortunes of Jimmy (played solidly by Andrew Linnie) as he forms a Dublin soul…

Creative Writing, Venue


What does it feel like to be beautiful? The question strikes me hard now and again, Before life takes control once more and I Forget your face, and that question recedes. We’re always moving on yet hanging back, With feet on new ground, minds on where we’ve been. And whenever I think of where we’ve…

Music, OldVenue

Desert island discs: Tom Rutledge, English lecturer

Our first castaway is Tom Rutledge, lecturer in English Literature, who has kindly agreed to talk about his musical preferences to Concrete Music, despite his anxiety that they might not ‘strike a chord’ with readers. His passions include rugby, hockey, and – luckily, given the nature of this interview – music. He plays the trumpet…

Arts, OldVenue

Cultural Celebration

The concept of cultural celebration is central to discussions of art, of whatever kind, but cultural appreciation will always attract the odd charge that it is instead cultural appropriation. There will always be someone who claims that enjoyment of the products of another culture is in fact a form of theft or ridicule or offence….

Arts, OldVenue

Review – Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty at the Sainsbury Centre

Hair flowing all over the scene in whiplash curves, flowers whose colour is so precise that you feel as if you can almost smell their fragrances, robes whose folds are almost too perfectly rendered, and women whose beauty is unreal yet exquisite. This is the art of Alphonse Mucha. Most people will recognise the 1897…

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June 2022
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