Category: HP Reviews

Food & Drink
Review: Yosma “modernising, refreshing and re-energising” the way Turkish restaurants are presented in the UK

  “I’m going to Yosma tonight”, I tell my Turkish Cypriot mum. She raises an eyebrow and wonders what I’m up to. She lets me know that the translation of yosma can mean, loosely, a ‘flirt’, ‘coquette’, and more insinuatingly, ‘scarlet woman’. Ooo-err, I had no idea, mum. Yosma is owned and operated by restaurant […]

Ents & Leisure
The Queen’s House, Greenwich: “a must-see for anyone interested in history, architecture and art”

  In 2016, the Queen’s House in southeast London re-opened following a £3 million restoration. Timed to coincide with this historic building’s 400th anniversary, it features new artwork by Turner Prize winner Richard Wright. The 17th-century building was originally designed in 1616 for Anne of Denmark (wife of James I) in the grounds of Greenwich […]

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Review: CITIZEN, a powerful new play about “the placeless” that will leave you questioning your humanity

  Iran has much in common with neighbouring Turkey: a gloriously rich culture and civilisation, and a preoccupation with family, food and tradition. Both also share a murky history of persecuting political dissidents – one of the drivers behind their large diasporas. So I was already curious about how CITIZEN, a new play written and […]

Art
Review: Fahrelnissa Zeid – the princess of abstract art

  First a daughter and a sister, then a wife, a mother, a princess and a painter externalising her talent… This major Tate Modern exhibition takes you into the world of a 20th century artist lost to history, whose life was as colourful as her art. Describing a self-portrait from 1980 Fahrelnissa Zeid observed: “I […]

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Review: Aylin Bozok delivers a remarkable adaptation of classic Samson and Delilah tale

  Aylin Bozok’s adaptation of Samson and Delilah takes centre stage at this year’s Grimeborn season at the award-winning Arcola Theatre in East London. Dalston’s Grimeborn Festival is back for its eleventh year, presenting brand new alternative pieces to classical opera and I finally had the chance to visit one of this year’s programmes: a remarkable […]

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Review: “an outstanding display” by cast of Bliss

A new musical stage adaptation of Bliss or Mutluluk, a novel of the same name originally written by the politician, singer and artist Zülfü Livaneli, played at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, East London last week. A joint production with Istanbul’s experimental theatre Talimhane, this was an outstanding, emotive and powerful performance. This UK run […]

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Music review: Çiğdem Aslan – A Thousand Cranes

After her critically-acclaimed 2013 debut release Mortissa¸ Çiğdem returns with an inspired follow-up. Her musical cue is again Rebetiko – the shared cultural heritage of Turkey and Greece in the 1920s – but Çiğdem spreads her musical wings in A Thousand Cranes, travelling from Istanbul and Izmir to Greece, the Balkans, and eastern Turkey picking […]