Nigel Ng review – comedy’s viral sensation undercooks his live show | Comedy

Nigel Ng’s comedy career skyrocketed under lockdown, when his Uncle Roger persona, policing other people’s Asian cookery for laughs, went viral on YouTube. A fair few of…

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Clio Barnard on her Bradford love story Ali & Ava: ‘Joy is an act of resistance’ | Clio Barnard

Would you like coffee?” Clio Barnard asks. “Is goat’s milk OK?” Ooh, that sounds exciting, I say. “There’s oat milk, too.” Barnard is scouring the fridge. “We’ve…

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Son of Sin by Omar Sakr review – a queer Muslim boy comes of age in poetic, vivid debut | Culture

In Jamal Smith’s mind sits a tableau of family he’s never really known. From memories stretched by time, he grasps at fragments of an absent father, an…

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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos 1 and 5, etc review – Nelsons’ buoyant reading lets the lyricism flow | Classical music

Unless Andris Nelsons is intending to record “Die Nullte” (the D minor symphony Bruckner composed in 1869 between the first and second numbered works), this will be…

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Red Pitch review – football, friendship and the fear of being left behind | Theatre

Actors Kedar Williams-Stirling, Emeka Sesay and Francis Lovehall. Writer Tyrell Williams. All names to remember, who have created this fierce, affectionate, effortlessly funny play. Set in a…

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Outside, the Sky Is Blue by Christina Patterson review – faith, hope and trauma | Autobiography and memoir

You’re not meant to envy your parents, but Christina Patterson couldn’t help envying hers. A Swedish mum with a Mona Lisa smile and love of cakes, coffee…

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Netflix offers £1.5m budget in search for new UK film-makers | Film industry

Some of the world’s greatest directors launched their careers with an idea, a few thousand pounds and some friends with spare time on their hands. Those same…

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Hellbender review – trippy folk horror is engaging family affair | Film

Sixteen-year-old Izzy (Zelda Adams) lives in a house in the woods with her mother (Toby Poser) where she is being home-schooled because she has an auto-immune disease…

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Moors Murders: The Witness review – these heinous crimes have nothing more to teach us | Television

Is it strange, or is it wrong, that I hadn’t thought of them in a while? Or is that, in fact, the way it should be? Should…

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Samuel Bailey: ‘I never want to write a play that excludes people back home’ | Theatre

In 2019, Samuel Bailey’s play Shook marked him out as a distinctive new talent, writing about masculinity, class and friendship. But when he first began life as…

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