Victoria Sadler
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Screenwriter. Novelist. Blogger on Arts & Culture on Huffington Post UK.

Theatre, art, film, music, science, opera, dance... They all dominate what brief time I get away from my own writings. Reviews of what I see, I post here.

My first book, Banking on Burlesque, was published in 2013 and I am currently working on screenplays of Anna Politkovskaya and Emmeline Pankhurst.

Entries by Victoria Sadler

Are You a Woman? Are You Writing a Memoir? Great, Read This!

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:07 PM

The popularity of women's memoirs is booming. Women from all walks of life are finding that memoirs are a way of communicating, shedding light on experiences that would go unnoticed, hidden in a world dominated by men and male preferences.

Orange is the New Black, a memoir Piper Kerman wrote...

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Dennis Hopper: Actor, Director, Firestarter and Photographer

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 4:43 PM


Dennis Hopper is probably as well-known for his reputation as a hellraiser as he is for his acting and filmmaking. But he was also a wonderfully talented photographer and it's this talent that is the focus of this revealing and surprisingly emotive exhibition...

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National Theatre Takes on Murdoch and Phone Hacking in New Play

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 2:52 PM


In pop culture terminology, the National Theatre has done a bit of a Beyoncé.

Conceived and rehearsed in secret, Great Britain, a play about phone hacking at a British tabloid, was suddenly announced last week and then on Monday, just days...

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So Lindsay Lohan Is Coming to the West End...‏

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 7:32 AM


It's been a week of surprises in theatreland.

Following hot-on-the-heels of the National's announcement for Great Britain, a play about phone-hacking that had been rehearsed on the sly, came the announcement from Theatre Royal Bath Productions that this Autumn they...

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The Valley of Astonishment: The Mystery of the Human Brain Explored‏

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 2:51 PM


The Valley of Astonishment at the Young Vic is a play about synaesthesia. Sounds dry but actually it is warm, engaging, smart and funny.

Synaesthesia is where the brain blends the senses so memory becomes linked with colour and form. It's...

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Summer Exhibition 2014, Royal Academy of Arts

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 2:51 PM


Practically a national institution, the annual Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts is the world's largest open entry exhibition, which showcases new and recent art from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture.

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Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence Is Dark, Yes, But Wonderfully So

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Lana Del Rey's new album may superficially seem like more of the same. Certainly Del Rey has picked up where she left off on Born to Die. Her haunting, raspy vocals are still there, as are the depressing lyrics of a disillusioned woman looking for a life she craves on...

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Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall Takes to the Stage

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 11:33 AM


The stage adaptation of Wolf Hall is extraordinary. It's dark, absorbing, full of intrigue and historical detail. Yet it is also pacey, at times even funny. And incredibly it even feels modern and fresh.

Loyal to the novel, Wolf Hall is...

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It's Time to do Something About the Gender Pay Gap

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 8:40 AM

You know how you're not allowed to talk about your salary with your work colleagues? Why do you think that is? Because, let's be honest, that secrecy only ever benefits the employer, not the employee.

Personally, I've long been of the belief that pay confidentiality masks and enables gender discrimination,...

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Made in Mexico Exhibition, Fashion and Textile Museum

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 2:40 PM


The Fashion and Textile Museum is hosting the first-ever exhibition on the rebozo - the classic Mexican shawl made famous in 20th century culture by artist Frida Kahlo.

This exhibition explores the key role rebozos have played in promoting Mexican culture...

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Alan Turing: 60 Years On

(17) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Saturday 7 June marks the 60th anniversary of Alan Turing's untimely death at only 41 years of age. Though he was a genius and a national hero, he is sadly still not a household name.

This is partly because much of Turing's work was top secret, withheld from public knowledge...

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Theatre Review: Kevin Spacey Stars in Clarence Darrow

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 5:00 PM


Clarence Darrow is a very passionate, moving play on the experiences and motivations of a famous US union and civil rights lawyer who played a key part in some of the most contested legal fights in the late 19th and early...

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Theatre Review: Kathleen Turner Stars in Bakersfield Mist

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 7:53 AM


Bakersfield Mist is a short, fairly enjoyable play that battles clichés and unbelievable set-ups as it tries to make a point about art, education and the patronising exclusivity and arrogance of the art world.

Maude (Kathleen Turner) is a trailer park...

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Renaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro Woodcuts Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:52 PM


London has some big art shows open right now. The Royal Academy's exhibition on the development of woodcuts during the Renaissance period may not be a blockbuster to rival Matisse and Veronese but this is a surprisingly...

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Fiona Shaw in 'The Testament of Mary', Barbican Centre

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 6:59 PM


The Testament of Mary is quite something. Dramatic, moving and beautifully acted by Fiona Shaw, it is unequivocally one of the best shows in town right now.

Based on the Man Booker Prize-nominated novella by Colm Toibin, it is the story of the...

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It's Tough Being a Feminist on Twitter

(11) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Over the weekend Caroline Criado-Perez has taken to Twitter in response to discovering an unannounced change in how abuse is reported on the social media site.

Sadly the campaigner was targeted again by misogynistic trolls and took to the usual route of escalating abuse for Twitter to...

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Wonderful Matisse Exhibition at the Tate Modern

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 9:36 AM

Tate Modern's major exhibition, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist's paper cut-outs. It brings together around 130 works, many seen together for the first time, in a ground-breaking reassessment of Matisse's colourful and innovative final works.

This exhibition is box-office gold and...

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Very Little Glamour on Show in V&A's Italian Fashion Exhibition

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:14 PM


The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 is the first major exhibition to explore Italy's rich contribution to modern fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. Its intention is to emphasise how traditional Italian craftsmanship in textiles...

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The Vagenda, Book Review

(2) Comments | Posted April 27, 2014 | 7:00 PM


The new Vagenda book has put me in a real quandary. I dislike feminists having a go at each other rather than working together but, in all honesty, I cannot recommend this book. It's narrow in scope, outdated in its subject...

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Theatre Review, Privacy: Frightening Impact of Mass Surveillance Laid Bare

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 7:41 AM


Privacy is a really sharp, relevant play that looks at the frightening impact of mass surveillance. By addressing this vital issue head on, Privacy is unequivocally a play for our time.

Snowden's whistleblowing has transformed cultural discourse on this. We are most definitely...

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