One to watch: Sofia Kourtesis

Published in The Observer March 1, 2029

Listen to the opening number of the Peruvian-born producer Sofia Kourtesis’s first, self-titled EP, and you imagine a train made of rackety sonic junk clattering down a track. Its destination? A good time, surely: while her brand of house may be arrestingly distinct, clicking and juddering with distorted vocals and fragments of field recordings, she always keeps her eyes firmly on the dancefloor rather than the navel.

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Review: Nora: A Doll’s House, Young Vic

It’s often said that Nora’s slam of the door as she walks out on her husband and children at the end of A Doll’s House has echoed down the centuries. In Stef Smith’s smart new version of Ibsen’s 1879 play, her story certainly reverberates.

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In 2017, Florence Schechter discovered that Iceland had a penis museum, but that nowhere in the world could its female equivalent be found. And so, the science communicator decided to do something about it.

Kosovo Theatre showcase

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Gandalf pays!

In 2015, Sir Ian McKellen was given a million pound advance to write his autobiography. In 2016, he handed it back, later stating that he found it “a bit painful”.