Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access SIGN UP TODAY
Steven Fales, pictured, will bring Confessions of a Mormon Boy to the Alexander Bar, in Strand Street, until Saturday July 20, after its run at the Main Programme of the National Arts Festival. Written and performed by Fales, it is the true story of his journey from being a devoted, sixth-generation Mormon and father of two to coming out as gay and being excommunicated from his church. Riding an emotional roller coaster of extremes – from perfect Mormon boy in Utah to perfect rent boy in Manhattan – Fales discovers what it means to finally come home, if only in your heart. The production, which was first performed in 2001, has since been seen across the USA, Australia, Scandinavia, Europe and now South Africa. “I am thrilled to be visiting South Africa for the first time and performing this story of hope and acceptance, told with heart, song and humour,” says Fales. Confessions of a Mormon Boy will be performed at 8pm with no Sunday performance. Tickets cost R140 or R120 online. Bookings can be made at https://alexanderbar.co.za/show/Mormon_Boy
RUSSIA: GATX Rail Vostok has taken delivery of 26 molasses wagons of a new design developed by United Wagon Co.UWC said the Type 15-6900-04 developed by its All-Union Research & Development Centre for Transportation Technology and manufactured at its TikhvinChemMash site was the only 1 520 mm gauge wagon of its type to offer a stainless steel tank and 25 tonne axleload bogies.The tank is designed with a bent axis to facilitate unloading, and there is an external steam jacket. The interior has undergone mechanical and chemical treatments to meet the strict requirements of the food sector, including a process which creates a protective microfilm. The wagons have a capacity of 56 m3 or 74·4 tonnes, 7 to 10 tonnes higher than older designs, and also offer increased maintenance intervals.UWC said the production of molasses in Russia has grown by more than 40% in the past five years to 571 000 tonnes, but most goes by road with the volume transported by rail having grown by just 25% to 175 000 tonnes. It said existing wagons were ageing and unfit for purpose, with many having conventional steel tanks and 60% of the wagons suitable for transporting molasses currently being used to transport liquid fertiliser.
Late night radio DJ Rod Wilson (James Wright) hosts a horror-themed show where he takes calls from listeners and shares terrifying tales. After taking a number of calls, Rod is spooked when he gets a call from a child begging for help. Initially believing it to be a prank, Rod doesn’t pay much attention but when the child calls back, things take a turn for the unexpected.A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio is an anthology film of shorts, threading together a series of standalone scary stories told by Rod. Each of the shorts plays out in full with nothing more than the occasional voiceover from Rod before the action cuts back to the radio studio where Rod is eager to take another call.Credit: Black MandalaAfter opening with a twist on The Invisible Man, the first highlight comes with a period short featuring a little girl trying to take a photo of a dead girl. Scared that the girl may not be dead, she takes the coins from her eyes – that block the divide between the living and the dead of course – and inserts them in her mouth. When the body doesn’t react, the little girl sets about taking her photo but she’s convinced that the little girl isn’t really dead. It’s unsettling but surprisingly very effective.As with any film that’s constructed like an anthology with shorts, not everything works here. One particular gruesome short sees a rogue barber scalping a woman, while a twist on the mermaid myth lacks the punch of some of the better moments here. Another is a chilling tale of a man convicted of rape and murder who is punished with horrifying surgeries by the family of the girl his victim. It’s not the easiest to watch and it didn’t really go anywhere by the end.Credit: Black MandalaThe Smiling Man is one short that hits all the marks, making you feel uneasy and proving to be pretty scary. Another truly creepy moment finds a woman terrorised in her own home, convinced there’s a shadowy figure trying to get her. It’s quite a claustrophobic watch and plays into shock scares effectively.A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio is solid enough but it’s not particularly ground-breaking. Last year’s Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark attempted a similar thing and like this film, that one didn’t leave cinemagoers completely satisfied. The overarching storyline with Rod didn’t really work for me and the shorts felt more random than they did properly themed. A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio is an interesting enough idea but it could have been a lot better executed.Cast: Clara Kovacic, James Wright, Kera Obryon Directors: Luciano & Nicolás Onetti, Sergio Morcillo, Joshua Long, Jason Bognacki, Adam O’Brien, Matt Richards, A.J. Briones, Pablo S. Pastor & Oliver Park Writers: Various Certificate: TBC Duration: 100 mins Released by: Black Mandala