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Upgrade your WFH audio game with these stylish radios and smart speakers

Video may have killed the radio star in the 80s – but in 2022, it's as popular as ever. Despite the birth of so many streaming services (not to mention the blizzard of podcasts), 89% of people in the UK still listen to the radio at least once a week. Whether it's down to a desire to avoid the streaming algorithm echo chamber or not having the bandwidth to decide which playlist or podcast to cue up next while working from home, the humble radio is still as popular as it was back in 1999. So why not invest in one that's as stylish as it is functional?

British audio brand Roberts has been a pioneer of the aesthetically pleasing radio for years and is a favourite of hospitality behemoth Soho House – the new Revival Mini's vintage design, compact size and various pastel colours makes it a winner (£159.99), with Akai's 50s-style DAB radio (£60) and Crosley's Bluetooth speaker (£25) offering similar retro vibes. Majority's portable pink radio (£34.99) is a purse-friendly option, while both John Lewis' (£40) and Lexon's (£59.95) contemporary designs will add a pop of colour to any space. Prefer a smart speaker so you can switch stations using just your voice? Look no further than Apple's HomePod mini (£89) and Google's Nest Audio (£89.99). It's time to press pause on that playlist.


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This trailblazing theatre company is back with an epic Trojan war-themed experience

If the words "immersive theatre" bring about unwelcome thoughts of excruciating role-play exercises at corporate conferences, The Burnt City is here to prove you wrong. Punchdrunk's latest production – the group's first in London for eight years – takes place in two former ammunition factories in Woolwich and is inspired by the Trojan war. As the audience, you're instructed to walk silently round the dark, cavernous space observing the performers enact stories like the killing of Agamemnon by Clytemnestra and the blinding of Polymnestor by Hecuba through mime, movement and dance – all while wearing a beaked white mask.

"To be honest, I always thought this type of thing wasn't for me but the three-hour show was like nothing I've ever experienced," says Stylist's entertainment director Helen Bownass. "Wearing the mask gives you an anonymity that allowed this immersive theatre virgin not to feel self-conscious. It's up to you where you go and what you see – giving it a sort of 'choose your own adventure' vibe. And while I didn't always know the storylines we stumbled across, to me it didn't matter; the spectacle was astonishing and the sets had the most incredible attention to detail. It felt like being transplanted into a David Lynch film set that you could touch and interact with  – and how often do you get to say that on a Thursday night?" £89.50; until 4 December; One Cartridge Place, London SE18; punchdrunk.com


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