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Northern Ballet: Casanova

When one hears the word ‘Casanova’ these days, it is likely to conjure an image of a womaniser rather than the 18th century trainee priest and aspiring writer, whose name became synonymous with the vivid sexual encounters he wrote about.   Based on Ian Kelly’s authoritative biography, Northern Ballet’s production of Casanova more than successfully […]

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Culture Theatre

Hay Fever

Hay Fever is a glorious depiction of the Bliss family, who each invite a guest to their English country home for the weekend. The events that ensue are at times funny and at times terrifying, revealing the Blisses to be far more outrageous than we imagined. From the start, we get a sense of what the […]

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Culture Literature

Tetris: The Games People Play

Today, with the incessant development of new games on the console, PC, smartphone and emerging technologies like virtual reality, it is easy to forget gaming’s origins. In a fascinating new graphic novel Tetris: The Games People Play, American cartoonist Box Brown brings the reader through a brief history of games through the ages, and in particular the tangled […]

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Film

Edinburgh Short Film Festival – Dreamscapes

From a dystopian wedding to giant floating jellyfish, to Scottish ballet in an abandoned pool and a town run completely on clockwork, the Dreamscapes-themed night of the Edinburgh Short Film Festival toed the line between reality and fantasy. The ten short films presented that night shuttled the viewers from everyday scenes to surreal worlds lurking […]

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Art Culture

Alice Neel at Talbot Rice

Alice Neel’s portrait paintings are immediately distinguishable; solid blue outlines tracing patches of vivid colour, expertly capturing her subjects in their most candid moments that give us insight into their inner lives. Talbot Rice’s current Neel retrospective begins with just these iconic later paintings, mostly of family and friends and assertive in their use of […]