Alex Ramon lives in London, UK, and teaches English literature and film at Kingston University and the University of Reading. He holds a PhD in English and is the author of the book Liminal Spaces: The Double Art of Carol Shields (2008). He has published and presented papers on Iris Murdoch, Mordecai Richler, Michael Ondaatje, Guy Maddin, Sarah Polley and Rawi Hage. In addition to writing and reviewing for PopMatters, British Theatre Guide and The Reviews Hub, he's been known to blog here: http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/. And to tweet @BoycottTrends.
Still Those Songlines Sing: Tori Amos Talks About 'Native Invader' | 22 Aug 2017 // 10:00 PM
Tori Amos talks about some of the themes and inspirations behind her new record Native Invader, and why her upcoming tour will see her become “the rock ‘n’ roll Angela Merkel".
The Pleasure of New Challenges: An Interview With Andrzej Chyra | 21 Jun 2016 // 10:00 PM
The acclaimed Polish actor talks about collaborating with Warlikowski and Skolimowski, and the pleasure of playing Hippolytus opposite Isabelle Huppert in Phaedra(s).
Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave Re-team in the Almeida’s Excellent ‘Richard III’ | 19 Jun 2016 // 9:45 PM
Rupert Goold’s spare, intense production divests Richard III of any pantomime associations and boasts an astounding performance from Ralph Fiennes as the treacherous monarch.
Isabelle Huppert Unites the Diverse Strands of Warlikowski's 'Phaedra(s)' | 12 Jun 2016 // 9:05 PM
Krzysztof Warlikowski’s characteristically idiosyncratic production reflects on the legend and legacy of Phaedra as icon – and draws much of its interest from Isabelle Huppert as icon.
Laughter, Tears, Curtain: Nicholas Hytner Recalls His Time Running the National Theatre | 26 Jul 2017 // 4:30 AM
Hytner’s account of his time as Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Balancing Act, offers scattered insights but lacks purpose and precision.
All the World Really Is a Stage in Dominic Dromgoole’s ‘Hamlet: Globe to Globe’ | 16 May 2017 // 9:45 PM
Dromgoole’s account of touring the Globe’s production of Hamlet to almost 200 countries is a moving, funny and enlightening testament to ambitious ventures.
Lyricists and Composers are 'Links in a Chain' in Absorbing 'More Songwriters on Songwriting' | 11 Apr 2017 // 9:45 PM
Paul Zollo's book is a satisfying sequel in which composers from Paul Simon to Sia, Elvis Costello to Loretta Lynn, discuss their creative processes.
After Images: Poland's 41st Gdynia Film Festival | 25 Sep 2016 // 9:15 PM
From painters to interrogators, some of the finest films at Gdynia Film Festival 2016 dramatized real-life figures from the country’s past.