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Culture Theatre

This House

This House seems very aware that its subject matter alone is not enough to sustain audience interest, especially for those too young to remember the period. Despite the 1974-79 parliament being “the most dramatic” in living memory according to writer James Graham, the true story behind the play is simply not exciting enough to engage. […]

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TV

Potterless

A podcast about a grown man reading a series of children’s novels for the first time”. Given that the series in question is, you guessed it, Harry Potter, this concept is mouthwatering to Potterheads. Possibly even a mild intoxicant. Each week, host Mike Schubert gives listeners a breakdown of a few chapters, including a summary […]

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Fringe Theatre

Nassim

All the audience knows as they queue in the Traverse’s atmospheric underground bar is that they are going to see an actor tackle a script thus far unseen to him. Each day of the festival, a different actor takes on the challenge so as to maintain the unseen element of the premise. This is one […]

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Fringe Theatre

Julius Caesar (with Pirates!)

The undoing of Some Kind of Theatre’s take on Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy takes place before cast or audience even enter the typically dingy Free Fringe room in which the play is staged. The problem lies not in the acting, the costumes, or even the charmingly homemade set, but in the skull-and-crossbones artwork and exclamatory addition […]

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Culture Literature

Black Mass

Why, The Student, are you reviewing a non-fiction book that was released 17 years ago?’ you may ask. Because, dear reader, it was adapted into a Johnny Depp-starring blockbuster 18 months back, and has consequently and predictably been re-released with a swanky new cover. In case the film passed you by, here’s the plot in […]

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Culture Literature

Dirt Road

An introverted yet adventurous 16-year-old, musical-minded Murdo is ready to fly what remains of the nest, following the successive losses of his mother and sister to a hereditary form of cancer. But dad Tom worries: Murdo is young, forgetful and has no experience of the ‘real world’. The Scottish father and son take a trip […]

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Culture Literature

Book Week Scotland: The top 10 events to attend this week

Listen up, bookworms! Book Week Scotland, a weeklong celebration of everything literary, is running between 21 November and 27 November. Both citywide and nationwide, the festival is packed to the brim with events numbering well into the hundreds. Here is a condensed list of the top 10 unmissable events taking place in Edinburgh. 1. Scotland: […]

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Culture Literature

Man Booker Prize 2016: Hot Milk

Johannesburg-born Brit Deborah Levy is no stranger to the Man Booker shortlist, having found her way there with 2013’s Swimming Home. Twice a shortlister and also bookies’ favourite, Hot Milk isn’t a bad way to celebrate her thirty-fifth year as a writer. It’s fair to say she’s found her place in the world. Twenty-something Sofia […]