A 500 Word History of: Charles Bukowski

"I pulled out the paper and unrolled it. It was a tiny stiff piece of paper. I unrolled and read it: 'GOD HAS FORSAKEN YOU.' I rolled the paper back up and stuck it into its cubicle in the brown box."

Review: Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios

As far as debut plays get, luring Star Trek cult hero Marina Sirtis back to the stage for the first time in 20 years seems like the dream start. It is, after all, a dream fit for Sirtis, with the ageing sci-fi star granted the chance to play the role of an ageing sci-fi star [...]

Interview: Kwaku Mills on Dark Sublime, sharing a stage with Marina Sirtis and the revival of sci-fi

Star Trek actress Marina Sirtis will make her West End debut in sci-fi play Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios from June 25-August 3, having found fame as Counsellor Deanna Troi in 1990's cult show Next Generation for all seven years of its TV run plus four feature films. The Hackney-born actress portrays fading actress Marianna, [...]

Preview: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 – Bravery

Once more, the great and good of the arts world will descend on Edinburgh for the world-renowned Fringe Festival this August. With around 4,000 shows and countless more performers descending upon the city between July 31 and August 26, OnTheBeat will do its best to highlight the standouts from this year's selection. For 2019, we [...]

Live review: Bear’s Den at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 23/04/2019

Quiet but loud, seared with heartache but soaring with joy; west-London's Bear's Den thrive in the contrasts, the way they tackle sorrow with lilting positivity. Returning to their old neighbourhood for a two-date run at Shepherd's Bush Empire, it's clear Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones have plenty on their mind as they plough quickly through [...]