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Comedy Fringe

‘Little else like it’: Jamie Loftus: Boss, Whom is Girl review

Respect is tough to acquire, and businesswomen understand this better than most. Traditionally, success within male-dominated fields has required them to compromise their feminine identity, to sacrifice parts of themselves for access to mainstream success. But Jamie Loftus’ hysterical and off-kilter show is here to correct such systemic discrimination, using a keynote address from her […]

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Fringe Theatre

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord review

Despite its long and unwieldy title, the premise of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord is relatively simple. The entire plot consists of these three famous men finding themselves in a locked room together. The playwright Scott Carter leaves them there alone to bump against each other, like […]

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Fringe Theatre

00 Review

Is New Years anything special, or just another day? This is a central question within 00, a messy but pleasant play about two bickering schoolgirl siblings who stumble upon Y2K survivalists as the millennial midnight approaches. The eldest sister believes the new year will be the “start of everything”, while the survivalist couple thinks it […]

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Fringe Spoken Word Theatre

Baby Reindeer Review

“It was just a cup of tea”, laments Richard Gadd. For him, the offer of a free cuppa was a small moment of empathy towards a lonely woman, but it ignited an intense obsession and unrestrained outreach which has haunted him for years. Baby Reindeer is Gadd’s autobiographical account of his stalker, how his act […]

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Film Reviews

Minding The Gap

Alongside this year’s Mid90s and Skate Kitchen, Minding the Gap is another film that focuses on skateboarding, and how its street-life subculture can provide release from claustrophobic, and abusive, homes. As one subject notes, given their chaotic homelife, skating grants them complete control of their movements and terrain. Bing Liu’s poignant documentary primarily follows three […]

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Culture Literature

Mister Miracle

I can always escape” is a frequent claim made by Mister Miracle, superhero escape-artist, but as his foster-brother Orion informs him, “we’re all bound by something.” Duty, family, trauma and religion all intersect and entangle Mister Miracle throughout this award-winning twelve-issue comic, where beautiful artwork and fantastic writing present an ambitious puzzle for readers to […]

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Film Reviews

Capernaum

Depicting the poverty of 12-year-old Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) in the Beirut slums, Capernaum’s most noticeable feature is how Zain’s environment suffers from an overflow of things. The general chaos (from which Capernaum takes its meaning) is captured by director Nadine Labaki’s intimate and shaky camera, from floors which are littered with waste, to streets packed […]

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Film Reviews

Burning

Lee Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) never sees the cat he feeds at the apartment of his recently rediscovered childhood acquaintance Haime (Jun Jong-seo). The only light which enters it is an occasional reflection off the Seoul Tower. Haime has travelled to Africa to witness the ‘Great Hunger,’ the grand desire for life’s true meaning. Jong-su seeks […]