Interviews

Interview with Screenwriter Steven Cutts on the Hackney-based film “Adieu Marx”

Interview with Screenwriter Steven Cutts on the Hackney-based film “Adieu Marx”

Screenwriter Steven Cutts  has written a new low-budget film inspired by his own true story from his wild school days called ‘Adieu Marx’,  which will have its premiere in Hackney on the 27th of October.  ‘Adieu Marx’ was mostly shot in Hackney during the very eventful Olympic summer of 2012 and concerns the lives of five 20 […]








 

Jennifer Essex on her own unique Dance background and her collaboration with the Poise Performance Company

Jennifer Essex on her own unique Dance background and her collaboration with the Poise Performance Company

  Jennifer Essex is a contemporary dancer and choreographer who works across the artistic spectrum from film, fashion to physical theatre.  She is currently working with the Poise Performance Company on a unique retelling of Oscar Wilde’s ‘Dorian Gray’ which will open on the 7th of October at The CLF Art Cafe aka The Bussey […]








 

Meet unconventional Actor, Writer and Director Patrice Etienne on his new play Venus / Mars

Meet unconventional Actor, Writer and Director Patrice Etienne on his new play Venus / Mars

Actor, writer and director Patrice Etienne is a Hackneynite through and through. This multi-hyphenated East London boy grew up in the borough and has continued to support the community through his work with youths in the area. Patrice’s latest play, Venus / Mars about love and intimacy in 21st century London is about to open at […]








 

Q & A with country singer Chris Young on his first UK tour

Q & A with country singer Chris Young on his first UK tour

  It may not be the most popular music genre in the UK, but country music has a fan base here.  Nashville knows this and is hoping to bring more of it’s talents to our shores.  It’s rarely played on British radio, where some still believe country is still Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers.  Country […]








 

The endeavours of a thoroughly modern day Hackney Empresario

The endeavours of a thoroughly modern day Hackney Empresario

    Former life coach and trained actor Leo Lawson O’Neil was born and raised in Kentish Town but is really a Hackneyite at heart. This Renaissance man is the managing director of Creative Network Partners and founder of the creative hub;  Netil House as well as Netil Market, Netil 360, The Russet and Hackney […]








 

Sappho …. In Nine Fragments – An interview and preview with Jessica Ruano

Sappho …. In Nine Fragments – An interview and preview with Jessica Ruano

Second Skin Theatre opens 2013 with Sappho…in 9 fragments, a politically-charged and inspirational work about Ancient Greece’s first love poet, intertwined with a fearlessly romantic modern-day affair. The Second Skin theatre is the resident theatre company at Stoke Newington’s White Rabbit Cocktail Club and have set out to create “bold re-interpretations of the classics and […]








 

Exclusive: Hackney woman’s plan to revolutionize how taxi drivers study for the Knowledge

Exclusive:  Hackney woman’s plan to revolutionize how taxi drivers study for the Knowledge

Thanks to her cousin and husband, Hackney resident Davina Duggan, stumbled on to the idea of developing an App for trainee taxi drivers, and is now attempting to bring a specialist method of study into the wired 21st century. The knowledge of London, better known as the “Knowledge”, is a test anyone wanting to qualify […]








 

A conversation with Hoxton based composer Stuart Wood

A conversation with Hoxton based composer Stuart Wood

Stuart Wood is a Hackney-based composer who not only scored the notorious ‘Go Compare’ television adverts but also devised and wrote the original Music Hall piece ‘Frank’s Closet’, which drew crowds to Hoxton Hall last year. In his studio, in Hoxton Works, he talked of his career and how he finds Hackney as a creative […]








 

From US Drug Kingpin To Author: Shaun Attwood’s Road To Redemption

From US Drug Kingpin To Author: Shaun Attwood’s Road To Redemption

EXCLUSIVE – Author, Shaun Attwood will be at Stoke Newington Literary Festival The man from Cheshire US authorities say was bigger than mafia honcho and hitman, Sammy ‘the Bull’ Gravano I’ve been meaning to catch up with Shaun Attwood for a while.  Logistics,  commitments and a last minute miscommunication meant we had to make do […]