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Shamima Begum is not innocent, but she is still British

There is no question that Shamima Begum is not an innocent bystander. Despite her claims that she was “just a housewife”, she shows no remorse for her decision to join Islamic State, even where specific atrocities are highlighted. In interviews last year, she managed to justify the Manchester Arena bombing as a retaliation against coalition […]

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‘A diverse array of local voices’: Haunted Voices review

Haunted Voices is an exciting project. An anthology of Gothic short stories by a diverse array of local voices, it is an opportunity to explore the wealth of the Scottish storytelling tradition, as well as Scotland’s rich folklore. The editor has also prioritised giving a platform to marginalised voices, including members of the LGBTQ+ community […]

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“A fresh take on an overlooked gem from the past”: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore review

’Tis Pity She’s a Whore has remained vastly overlooked since its 17th century debut. And ’tis pity indeed: the script is thought-provoking, dramatic and in some ways progressive. Following the doomed love of brother and sister Giovanni and Annabella, the play explores everything from incestuous romance to gender.  It takes a lot to illuminate a […]

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In conversation with the cast and crew of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore

The Edinburgh University Theatre Company’s upcoming production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore aims to update a shocking seventeenth-century play for modern audiences. It is a tragedy concerning the siblings and incestuous lovers Giovanni and Annabella. In the week leading up to the first performance, The Student spoke with director Jane Prinsley and lead performer […]