Culture critic Ruth Horsburgh is left disappointed by Son of a Preacher Man, a new jukebox musical based on the songs of Dusty Springfield.Written by Ruth Horsburgh on 14th September 2017
A Love Letter to Brum
Culture Editor Imogen Tink bids both Birmingham and Redbrick a fond farewell
University for me, and I expect for everyone, has been an eye opener. Having grown up in a fairly small seaside town in sleepy Suffolk, I upended out of my familiar very flat turf and headed to the heights and bright lights of Birmingham. Bearing in mind I had just left the secondary school I had attended for seven years, never used a self-service ticket machine before and, in fact, had never actually stepped foot into the Midlands before, you can understand why this right royal upending might have thrown me somewhat. The fascinating people, the noise, the architecture, the food, the easily accessible public transport (if you live in Suffolk you’ll understand why this is so exciting) – Brum is a city full of secret gems and hidden surprises and has been an utter pleasure to spend the majority of my time in over the past four years.
“These vibrant places form part of the ever beating heart of Birmingham
Having written for and edited the lovely Culture section for the past two and a half years, I have had unfettered access to many of the museums, art galleries and theatres that are crammed into this brilliant city. The Rep, The Crescent, The New Alex, The Hippodrome, The Symphony Hall, The BMAG, The Custard Factory, The Barber Institute, The IKON gallery, The mac; I could honestly bang on forever about how much I flipping love these vibrant places that form part of the ever beating heart of Birmingham. Despite extensive cuts by Birmingham City Council to such artistic institutions, they simply must continue to flourish, because where would we be without them? They allow us to explore and to experience plays and music and artwork which we may never have touched upon before, and enhance awareness of the world no end. They help us to be human.
“I cannot think of a more pertinent time to embrace our cultural community
‘So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.’
A Midsummer Night’s Dream