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“An incredible sell-out success”: Open Mind Open Mic Night review

In late February, before social distancing measures brought Edinburgh’s cultural venues to a standstill, Stella Pyne and Liv Wade Jones hosted ‘Open Mind’. This was an open mic night to raise funds and awareness for Mind, a charity that supports those experiencing mental health issues. Hosted by the wonderful Vicky Macfarlane, the varied musical and […]

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‘Heart-warming’: EZRA review

The EUTC’s production of EZRA, written and directed by Stella Green, is a heart-warming portrayal of the trials and tribulations of secular Jews living in Britain. The play follows Mother Ellen (Florence Elliot), her two children Noya (Hannah Churchill) and Ezra (Levi Mattey), in their plight to successfully conduct their Passover dinner. However, the play […]

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In conversation with the the production team of EZRA

The Edinburgh University Theatre Company’s production of Ezra tells the story of three secular Jews clumsily doing Passover dinner. It is humorous to start, but as the play proceeds dark truths are revealed. The play debuted in November 2019 and returned to the stage for Bedfest 2020.  The Student sat down with writer and director, […]

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Bank accounts for the homeless: an effective solution or covering up a bigger issue?

HSBC have started offering bank accounts to homeless people, in order to help them get back onto their feet. The ‘No Fixed Address’ scheme allows those without an address to open an account and receive a debit card. The hope of the scheme is to allow people to gain a sense of financial stability and […]

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Lifestyle

The World’s Big Sleep Out: the mission to end homelessness

On the 7th of December 2019, thousands of people around the world slept outdoors to show support for those experiencing homelessness and raise both awareness and funds to tackle the issue. The United Nations Human Settlements Program estimates that 1.1 billion people live in inadequate housing, with more than 100 million of those having no […]

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‘Profound and realistic’ ‒ Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot review

“This is the dystopian future they were telling us about.” The EUTC’s production Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot by Amy Yeo is a profound and realistic portrayal of modern-day friendships and romance. The play follows a group of friends reuniting for their annual Burn’s Night supper in a night of secrets, rumours and revelations.  The […]

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Behind closed doors: inside occupied Palestine

This summer, I together with a group of British Jews spent five days exploring the complicated situation between Israel and Palestine. Despite the common misconception that all of Israel-Palestine is characterised by unsolvable conflict and violence, we spoke to several people and organisations who longed for peace. They don’t deny the complications but believe that […]