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Culture Literature

My Top Book of 2021: A Review of “Piranesi”

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ *SPOILERS* Reading in 2021, for me at least, took a back seat. What with being a third year, transitioning into fourth year at university and working during the summer – I honestly didn’t get much free time to read. But I am quite fortunate in that a lot of the books I did […]

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Culture Literature

SISF: Open Hearth review

The second weekend of the Scottish International Storytelling festival culminates with Open Hearth. Gary Green and Margaret Grenier from Canada, and James MacDonald Reid from Scotland, share their heartwarming stories with the audience. The cosy atmosphere of the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s theatre, mixed with the magical music and beautifully told stories, are the perfect combination: […]

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Culture Literature

SISF: Stories from the Yukon review

The audience files into this event like they would any other; there is the usual rustling of jackets, ‘Is this seat taken’s, and squeezing together to fill every seat in the sold-out show. However, as soon as the lights go down, it becomes clear that we are in for something unique, something genuine. The stage […]

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Culture Literature

‘An intensely dark, delicious, somewhat depraved account of the human condition’: Things We Say in the Dark review

It is no coincidence that Kirsty Logan’s latest novel, a collection of short stories titled Things We Say in the Dark, has been released just as Halloween has begun to loom. An intensely dark, delicious, somewhat depraved account of the human condition gone awry, it will make you believe there are far more than just […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Bittersweet’: Pink House review

On the surface, Pink House is a simple tale of Shira’s family, home and life. But underlying it is complex themes of Jewishness, family, trauma, and loss, spun deftly through a clever script. The play spans across two timelines (past and present), two countries (France and America), and two families that interrupt each other.  Nonetheless, […]

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Comedy Fringe

Nish Kumar: It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves review

It’s in Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves is a well-put together and strikingly political comedy set which has the audience captivated and laughing throughout. Nish Kumar confronts racism with his hilarious sketches about airport security and ‘random checks’. He lays into the audience about racism, causing a slight discomfort around the room that is brilliantly […]

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Comedy Fringe Theatre

Fires Our Shoes Have Made review

Fires Our Shoes Have Made exceeds any description that could be written for it. It is sentimental yet exciting, sad yet loving — it is a feat of storytelling that has audiences hooked from the first word to the last. Accompanied by an incredible soundtrack, Fires Our Shoes Have Made is an incredible adventure that […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘One of the greatest adaptations’: Dalloway review

On stage, Mrs Dalloway says she will buy the flowers herself and so the play begins. There is only one woman on stage, and she gives voice to every character and to their deepest darkest thoughts. It is for this unique performance that Dalloway is perhaps one of the greatest adaptations of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs […]