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Still Alice

As news broke this week of a major scientific development in the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, Infinite Group’s production of Still Alice, airing at King’s Theatre, seems timely. Based on the hit novel and film of the same name, Still Alice is an honest exploration of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is devastating and heartening in […]

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Words, words. They’re all we have to go on”, captures the spirit of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, where dialogue presides in a plot founded on absurdity. A tangential interpretation of Hamlet, the characters’ roles in Shakespeare’s plot are inverted; the minor characters Rosencrantz (Michael Black) and Guildenstern (James Strahan) are elevated to take the […]

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Culture Theatre

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Image credit: Pia Johnson Picnic at Hanging Rock The Lyceum Until 28th January Matthew Lutton’s eerie interpretation of the 1967 novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock is both thrilling and engaging, yet leaves the audience with a certain degree of frustration. This is no doubt due to the heavily fragmented account of the narrative which tells […]

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A Tale of Two Cities

Image courtesy of Festival Theatre A Tale of Two Cities King’s Theatre Run Ended James Darce’s production of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities captures the thrill of revolution and its aftermath, projecting a deconstruction of our own political and moral values onto the stage. Playwright Mike Poulton’s task, to abridge a novel three books […]

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Film

My Scientology Movie

Louis Theroux accomplishes the seemingly impossible in his latest piece My Scientology Movie, managing to bring humour, exposure and insight into one of the world’s most infamous and elusive cults. His mode of exploration is unique in its meta style, as it is only through constructing an artificial, parallel film to Scientology, that new angles […]

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Culture Literature

Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures

Caroline Young defines a subculture as anything outside of the mainstream, and her new book Style Tribes: The Fashion of Subcultures, pays homage to thirty notable alternative trends of the last one hundred years, including, but not limited to, anything from flappers to rockers, punks to hippies. A stop on Young’s promotional tour was the wonderful […]

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Culture Theatre

Bob: The Tragic Hero Time Forgot

Image courtesy of Kelechi Anna Hafstad. Bob: The Tragic Hero Time Forgot The Wee Red Bar Run Ended On first viewing, Bob’s provocative trailer has the power to disturb the true Shakespeare fan; the battering of his bust with hammers being a downright act of literary blasphemy. On a side note, it is also oddly appropriate […]

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King Lear

Image courtesy of Pleasance Theatre. King Lear Pleasance Theatre Run Ended Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company’s (EUSC) introduction to this play could not be a more appropriate expression of the mood of their production: “When stripped of its grandeur and tradition, King Lear is far from an inaccessible 400 year-old text, but rather a thorough investigation […]