Big Men Having a Ball; Going out the Insider's Guide to What's Going on in London by Chris Mugan

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Big Men Having a Ball; Going out the Insider's Guide to What's Going on in London by Chris Mugan


Mugan, Chris, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: CHRIS MUGAN

Playwright John Breen directs his own telling of the 1978 David and Goliath rugby clash between Munster and the all-conquering All Blacks that resulted in a legendary 12-0 victory for the Irish underdogs. After successful stints in Dublin and Edinburgh, Alone It Stands completes the triple crown with a West End run, as the six-strong company, featuring Niamh McGrath and Dessie Gallagher (left), bravely tackle all 60 of the play's characters.

Birth, death and big men with oddly-shaped balls ruck together in this hit drama with more props than most.

Duchess Theatre, WC2, 7pm tonight then 8pm, [pound]22.50-[pound]29.50, 020 7494 5075.

Tonight Only Music Tony O'Malley: A rare appearance for the Ray Charlesinspired singer, as he resides now in Brussels. Before that move, O'Malley was a fixture on the London jazz scene, starting out at the 606 Club before he progressed to Ronnie Scotts. O'Malley remains, though, a charismatic presence, fronting a talented band that knows how to rock as well as swing. The singer retains a gravelly voice well-suited to his soul and blues-based repertoire. A true blues brother, without the daft dance. 606, SW10, doors 7.30pm, 020 7352 5953.

Film Going Out Fantasia: Abstract animation, musical marvels and good old-fashioned storytelling have ensured the longevity of Disney's magical masterpiece. Well-loved rodent Mickey Mouse takes centre stage as the accidentprone Sorcerer's Apprentice (right), though a menagerie of animals do their best to upstage him. Tutued hippos, the most unlikely of ballerinas, strut their stuff to the strains of Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours, lolloping dinosaurs accompany Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and a host of mythical beasts act out Beethoven's Pastorale Symphony. Mussorgsky and the black god Tchernobog provide the dark side to this surreal and sensual filmic fantasy that is 60 years young. Barbican, EC2, 8.15pm, [pound]3.50-[pound]6, 020 7638 8891.

Sanshiro Sugata: Akira Kurosawa - possibly the greatest director in the history of cinema, as this ongoing National Film Theatre season in his honour attests - took as the subject for his first feature film the spiritual rebirth of a martial arts master. At heart, this deft tale is told in miniature as the eponymous hero explores the world outside his dojo, and finds revelations in the tiniest detail. The director's gift for breathtaking set pieces, that would serve him well throughout his career, are also evident in the cinematography of the judo tournaments and the sumptuous composition throughout. From this very small acorn grew the

strongest oak of all. NFT, SE1, 6.30pm, [pound]6.85, 020 7633 0274.

From Tonight Music Richie Havens: The man who opened Woodstock helps launch a new year at the Jazz Cafe. Havens' (right) uniquely percussive guitar style and growling voice have won him many admirers, including home-grown beat boys Groove Armada, whose album Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub), features two collaborations with the bearded baritone. …

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