Judy Garland

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 25 March 2020 > What's On

Judy Garland was a child singing star and a global star of stage and screen. Her starring role in The Wizard of Oz at 17 made her a household name.  A new film stars Renée Zellweger playing Garland in the final year in her short life, when stardom and the Hollywood studio system had taken … Continue reading “Judy Garland”

Just Mercy

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 24 February 2020 > What's On

A new film tells the true story of a battle against endemic racism in the American justice system. It’s based on a memoir by  Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer in Alabama, and tells the story of his firm’s battle to prove the innocence of Walter McMillian, who was condemned to death for a murder he didn’t … Continue reading “Just Mercy”

An Extraordinary Theatre Experience

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 11 March 2020 > What's On

Taking folk tales from around the world, British company 1927 bring their latest category-busting show to Paris in English in March. Roots began with a book writer Suzanne Andrade found in the British Library. The Aarne-Thompson-Uther Index is a treasure trove of the world’s folk tales. It gives short descriptions of stories, variations of which … Continue reading “An Extraordinary Theatre Experience”

Tales of the US Border in Theatres Around France

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 24 February 2020 > What's On

San Francisco theatre company Word for Word’s annual French tour is being postponed to the autumn. This year their show is a coming-of-age story by Mexican-American writer Octavio Solis, Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border. They will perform it in Nancy, Paris, Angers and Lyon. For 25 years, Word for Word has … Continue reading “Tales of the US Border in Theatres Around France”

Little Women: Big Film

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 05 February 2020 > What's On

Greta Gerwig’s new adaptation of the classic coming-of-age story Little Women retells the story of the novel in parallel with the life of its author, Louisa May Alcott. Alcott wrote the novel in 1868. She had been writing stories commercially for several years when a publisher asked her to write a novel for girls. Alcott … Continue reading “Little Women: Big Film”

Alex Taylor on What it Means to Be British

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 06 February 2020 > What's On

What does it mean to be British, French or European? In the light of Brexit, journalist Alex Taylor will discuss this thorny question in a free talk at the British Council on Thursday 5 March. Taylor is proudly bi-national, bi-cultural and multilingual. A convinced European, he has been reporting on Europe, and Britain, in France … Continue reading “Alex Taylor on What it Means to Be British”