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Laurence Green reviews Inua Ellams’s rich and insightful production, Barber Shop Chronicles.

Newsroom political platform, local hot spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. They now provide the settings for Inua Ellams’s exuberant, anecdotal new play, Barber Shop Chronicles (Dorfman Theatre at the National), a co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse, directed by […]

“A masterful documentary that can’t fail to move all those see it” Laurence Green reviews Claire Ferguson’s documentary, Destination Unknow.

For the survivors of the Holocaust, liberation came over 70 years ago, but what happened during the war still burns inside. Claire Ferguson’s absorbing 80-minute documentary Destination Unknown (released in selected cinemas on 16 June) captures the pain that continues to haunt them, and the resilience needed to live on. The film centres on twelve […]

Laurence Green reviews James Graham’s new insightful and entertaining new play, Ink.

Newspapers have provided fertile material for playwrights, bringing an irresistible mixture of drama, comedy and enlightenment, as Ben Hecht’s, The Front Page and more recently, David Hare’s, Pravda have proved. The latest addition to this illustrious canon is James Graham’s entertaining and insightful new play, Ink (Almeida Theatre), directed by Rupert Goold, about the rebirth […]

Mike Cooray and Rikke Duus look at the reincarnation of Triumph and the essential lessons for other British brands that need to reinvent themselves.

Brands are difficult to build, manage and protect. In recent years, many great British brands have pulled their shutters down or have been acquired by companies based overseas. Pringle of Scotland, the 200-year-old iconic fashion brand was bought by the Hong Kong-based Fang family. Mini Cooper, Jaguar Land Rover, Cadbury and many others have had […]

“Diabetes drug significantly reverses memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients,” The Sun reports. NHS Choices Behind the Headlines looks at the science behind the story.

That’s a very bold headline claim, but what it failed to make clear is that the “patients” were in fact mice, which had been genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer’s-like symptoms. This new mouse study investigated whether a new drug developed for the treatment of diabetes, known as a triple receptor agonist (TA), could also be […]