Celebrating Author Jean Rhys

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 21 June 2018 > What's On

Jean Rhys (1890-1979) lived and wrote about her extraordinary life in the West Indies, London and Paris before producing her masterpiece, Wide Sargasso Sea, a prequel to Jane Eyre, telling the story of Bertha Mason, the Creole wife Mr Rochester married for her fortune, and who in Jane Eyre is portrayed as the madwoman in … Continue reading “Celebrating Author Jean Rhys”

War Dance

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 20 June 2018 > What's On

Montpellier will see the French première of an extraordinary new dance and theatre piece about the experience of Indian soldiers in World War I on 26 and 27 June. XENOS is the latest creation by British-Bangladeshi dancer and choreographer Akram Khan. The title is ancient Greek for “stranger” or “foreigner” and the piece draws both … Continue reading “War Dance”

To Find a Dragon

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 18 June 2018 > What's On

Dragons loom large in a lot of children’s literature, from Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter, as well as How To Train Your Dragon and Eragon. The theme of dragons sparked the imagination of thousands of British children, who created designs for giant dragon sculptures on view in London’s Kew Gardens this summer. There … Continue reading “To Find a Dragon”

One Man and His Shoes

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 17 May 2018 > What's On

A one-man theatre piece at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris is a gentle meander through Irish life. Somewhat reminiscent of Harold Bloom’s walk around Dublin in Ulysses, The Man in the Woman’s Shoes features a man walking the roads of Ireland. The one-man show was written and is played by Mikel Murfi and is … Continue reading “One Man and His Shoes”

My Name is Solo

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Star Wars fans face a two-year gap between 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the still-untitled Episode IX. But five months after The Last Jedi, the next standalone Star Wars movie: Solo: A Star Wars Story had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival before opening in France on May 23 and in the … Continue reading “My Name is Solo”

The Western Re-invented

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 April 2018 > What's On

Two films present a modern take on the Western, through the eyes of a British and a Chinese director, and centring on the relationships between horses, a 15-year-old boy and a Native American cowboy.  Lean on Pete tells the story of a 15-year-old boy searching for a home and a race horse destined for the … Continue reading “The Western Re-invented”

American Theater in Angers, Nancy and Paris

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 12 March 2018 > What's On

San-Francisco-based theater company Word for Word has announced its annual tour in France. Once again the company will bring prose (five short stories) to life on stage using their original technique. For each show, the company chooses prose pieces and produces them as theater without adaptation. Intonation, actions, scenery and props bring the pages to … Continue reading “American Theater in Angers, Nancy and Paris”

The World of Winnie the Pooh

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 26 March 2018 > What's On

Winnie the Pooh is one of those rare children’s classics that seem universally recognisable, whether you think of the books, the illustrations or the Disney cartoons. An exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in London does exactly what it says on the tin: Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. The exhibition has large sets plunging visitors … Continue reading “The World of Winnie the Pooh”