Alex Ramon

Alex Ramon teaches English Literature and Film at the University of Reading and at Kingston University, London. He’s the author of the book Liminal Spaces: The Double Art of Carol Shields, and his research interests include contemporary Canadian fiction and novel-to-film adaptations. He writes about music for Wears the Trousers, music and film for PopMatters and theatre for The Public Reviews and British Theatre Guide. He also blogs on all of the above at Boycotting Trends.
Homage to Hackneyonia: Puss In Boots at Hackney Empire

The Hackney Empire's pantomimes have a mighty reputation. And if this year's doesn't quite add up to a classic, it's still another solidly entertaining Christmas offering from the venue, helped along by two terrific villainesses. Head to Hackneyonia, boys and girls!

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
Things That Go Bump: Blackwood at the London Film Festival

A lecturer recovering from a breakdown moves his family to a country house, only to begin having disturbing visions in Adam Wimpenny’s initially intriguing, but finally disappointing, supernatural thriller. At the London Film Festival.

Thursday 17th October 2013 Read more...
On The Road, Again: Nebraska at the London Film Festival

A son takes his irascible father on a road trip to claim a million dollar prize that the latter believe he has won in the latest comedy-drama from Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants). At the London Film Festival.

Monday 14th October 2013 Read more...
Lauren & Harvey: Side by Side at the London Film Festival

An orphaned brother and sister take to the road in search of their Grandfather in Arthur Landon's flawed but likeable debut film, screening as part of the 'Family' section at this year’s London Film Festival.

Monday 14th October 2013 Read more...
The Mother: B For Boy at the London Film Festival

Nigerian director Chika Anadu’s excellent debut feature film focuses on a pregnant woman, under pressure to produce a male child, who embarks on desperate measures when she loses the baby. At the London Film Festival.

Thursday 10th October 2013 Read more...
It's all in the style: Mother of George at the London Film Festival

The struggle of a young Nigerian woman to produce a male child is the focus of Andrew Dosunmu’s intriguing, highly stylised drama, which unfolds amongst the Yoruba community of New York. At the London Film Festival.

Thursday 10th October 2013 Read more...
Django Unchained’s Sober Sibling: 12 Years A Slave at the London Film Festival

One of the most anticipated films of this year's London Film Festival, Steve McQueen's powerful slavery saga features a stand-out performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor in the lead role. 

Friday 4th October 2013 Read more...
Mother Love: Adore at the London Film Festival

Two best friends, Lil and Roz (Naomi Watts and Robin Wright), begin sexual relationships with each others’ sons in Anne Fontaine’s glossy, unconvincing adaptation of Doris Lessing’s story The Grandmothers.  

Friday 4th October 2013 Read more...
Loving the Alien: Under the Skin at the London Film Festival

Jonathan Glazer’s distilled, atmospheric adaptation of Michel Faber's novel casts Scarlett Johansson as an alien roaming Scotland in search of human prey. A heady mix of sci-fi thriller and social realism, the result is a cult classic in the making. 

Thursday 3rd October 2013 Read more...
Hauntings: Ghosts at Rose Theatre Kingston

Stephen Unwin's deft revival of Ibsen's controversial 1882 classic demonstrates the play's enduring power to haunt and disturb. At the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Monday 30th September 2013 Read more...
Faulkner via Franco: As I Lay Dying at the London Film Festival

We begin our 2013 London Film Festival coverage by applauding James Franco’s compelling, bold adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1930 Modernist classic.

Wednesday 25th September 2013 Read more...
The Readers: Armstrong's War at the Finborough Theatre

Prior to its official premiere in Vancouver, here's a welcome opportunity to catch a fully staged workshop production of Colleen Murphy’s latest, which explores the relationship between a Canadian soldier, wounded in Afghanistan, and the Girl Guide who volunteers to read to him. Terrific performances from Mark Quartley and Jessica Barden ignite Jennifer Bakst's heartfelt production. At the Finborough Theatre. 

Tuesday 13th August 2013 Read more...
The Mousetrap of musicals: The Fantasticks at Jermyn Street Theatre

A spry revival of Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones' record-breaking Off-Broadway musical curio; Rose Bridge Theatre Company’s production doesn’t quite overcome some of the tiresome elements in the material, but at its best it has both cheek and charm. At Jermyn Street Theatre.

Friday 26th July 2013 Read more...
Shows time: Momentous Musicals at the New Wimbledon Theatre

The self-described “sophisticated homage” to musical theatre returns, revamped, with some new songs and performers, for a UK tour following its successful single-date debut last year. Not a momentous night, perhaps, but a solidly enjoyable one. At the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Thursday 18th July 2013 Read more...
The Women: Dusa, Fish, Stas and Vi at the Finborough Theatre

Not all aspects of Pam Gems' 1970s feminist classic have aged well; the play looks thinner and more contrived in its design almost 40 years after its debut. Still, Helen Eastman's piquant revival – funny, well-acted, and surprisingly tuneful – proves welcome. At the Finborough Theatre.

Friday 12th July 2013 Read more...
Love For Sale: Larisa and the Merchants at the Arcola Theatre

In a trading town on the Volga River a poor young girl aims to forget her no-good nobleman lover by hitching herself to a government official. But she hasn't counted on her lover's return to the town. Alexander Ostrovsky's play about gender and economics receives a long-overdue British premiere in Samuel Adamson's compelling version. At the Arcola Theatre.

Wednesday 8th May 2013 Read more...
Putting it in reverse: Merrily We Roll Along At the Harold Pinter Theatre

A welcome West End transfer for the Menier Chocolate Factory's zesty production of Stephen Sondheim's reverse-chronology musical. While the show may have lost some of the intimacy that it had in its original home, its wit and warmth still resonate in the larger venue. At the Harold Pinter Theatre.   

Friday 3rd May 2013 Read more...
Tenement Duet: I Didn't Always Live Here at the Finborough Theatre

A portrait of two lonely, elderly neighbours in a Glasgow tenement has poignancy and insight: Jenny Lee and Eileen Nicholas' convincing performances hold the show together despite its few structural shortcomings. At the Finborough Theatre.

Tuesday 2nd April 2013 Read more...
Father, Drear Father: Steptoe And Son At The Lyric Hammersmith

A classic sitcom reimagined with song, dance and a Bunny Girl makes for moments of magic but no Kneehigh classic. At Lyric Hammersmith.   

Thursday 21st March 2013 Read more...
Love's bullfight: Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises at Trafalgar Studios

Pitched between chamber play and cabaret, a bold and at times successful attempt to dramatise Ernest Hemingway's classic 1926 "Lost Generation" novel of American expatriate experience in post-WWI Europe. At Trafalgar Studios.

Monday 11th February 2013 Read more...
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