Movie Review: Berlinale 2019 Top 3 Picks – Bee’s Bunch of the Best

This year’s Berlinale marked the swan song for Dieter Kosslick, the outspoken and celebrity-friendly festival director. After 18 years he is giving up his reigns and although he has been criticised by some over the last years, his contribution in making the Berlinale one of the top 5 film festivals of the world and the […]

Top Three London Plays

Showbiz insider, Sabine Koch takes her pick of three shows this summer… After a long absence from London I had an insatiable appetite for the current theatre offerings. I managed to squeeze in a lot and these 3 are my favorites: The Lieutenant of Inishmore Being an ardent fan of Martin McDonagh’s film work, I […]

​REVIEW: Barbican’s Sound Unbound 2017

Here’s Sabine Koch’s take on Sound Unbound… When I asked, back in 2015, if this was supposed to be a recurring event, staff from the Barbican said “maybe, hopefully.”  Well, two years later and the Barbican did it again. After the smashing success of the first instalment, the organisers have put together another world class […]

Review: Hamlet – to be or not to be?

Review by Sabine Koch  – aka the bee Andrew Scott has been a champion of contemporary theatre for all of his career. I have been fortunate enough to have seen him in three productions and there was no way that I would miss out on him finally tackling the Bard. Contrary to other plays, I […]

Movie Review: Berlinale 2016

In February there is one unmissable thing in Berlin – the Berlinale. As usual, this film festival is about being eclectic and not all about ‘the competition.’ So the 16 films our reviewer, Sabine ‘Bee’ Koch, got to see, ranged from Japanese thrillers, Iranian ghost stories and the very first queer movie  – 1919’s silent […]

A Bee’s Guide to New York

Our intrepid explorer Sabine Koch heads to New York and tells us a few of her favourite haunts. Rest and Relaxation Check this place out. Who dares to enter? Well I do, since this particular parlour was a tip from a friend. Well, I’m among good company – Brooke Shields, Elijah Woods, heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, and […]

Dazzled by The Dazzle

I really admire Andrew Scott for being such a champion of contemporary theatre. You can only see a certain amount of Shakespeare before craving something fresh. Sabine Koch reviews… Richard Greenberg’s play, The Dazzle, offers that in a real-life story with characters that are funny, irritating and heartbreaking. This is the UK premiere of the […]

Forget 50 Shades of Grey here’s 7 Shades of Bärchen at the Berlinale

So yesterday was the premiere of “50 Shades of Grey.” Do we care? Not much, but our Berlinale correspondent, Sabine Koch, happened to be there by coincidence. I was at the Zoo Palast, one of Berlin’s oldest and most beautiful movie theatres, recently renovated and once again at the center of the Berlinale. I got tix […]

REVIEW: Sound Unbound Festival at the Barbican

The ever busy Barbican Centre introduced a new event  – Sound Unbound, The Barbican Classical Weekender. Over the course of two days there were more than 80 concerts, musical vignettes, debates, films and anything else you can think of, all related to classical music – but in its different forms and incarnations from ancient to contemporary, […]

MUSIC REVIEW: Clubbing The Blues in Dublin

Twenty four hours in Dublin over the weekend, for the very first time and Sabine Koch found what everybody knows  – it’s a bustling place where you can have a heck of a good time. I came to see Sea Wall at the Dublin Theatre Festival, but I wanted to spend my time getting to know the music scene as […]