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Film

Cult Column: Crimson Peak

Asking me to name my favourite horror subgenre would be like asking a parent to name a favourite child; I love them all. But some are definitely seasonal, and one that I always grow to love over October is Gothic horror.  Gothic horror originated in literature in the mid-18th century with novels like The Castle […]

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Cult Column

Cult Column: The Phantom of the Opera

During lockdown it seems unavoidable to have a nostalgic craving to revisit films that we have adored for years. Joel Schumacher’s 2004 adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is one of my earliest memories in life and I have watched it more times than I would dare to admit. It is […]

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Culture Literature

‘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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Fringe Theatre

Sandman

E.T.A Hoffman’s short story ‘The Sandman’ is a story full of intrigue, mystery and terror. The idea of a bird-like man who steals the eyes of children at night to feed his young will have children shivering in terror under their duvet covers. What was unexplored in Hoffman’s story, however, – and what is so […]

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Fringe Theatre

Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

A barber driven on bloody revenge, a woman’s dangerous obsession and the putrid figure of authority who is responsible. Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd is practically a perfect operatic tale, full of sweeping musical numbers and a grand sense of scale. Captivate Theatre have brought their adaption of the musical to the Fringe and do this […]

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Fringe Interview Theatre

Interview: Théâtre Volière

Théâtre Volière have brought their show Evocation to the Fringe this year, a show filled with puppetry, poetry and film. The Student got to talk with writer Mick Wood, producer Natasha Wood and lead actress Audrey L’Ebrellec to discuss the meanings behind the show and the nineteenth century poetry from which it originates. What does the title of your […]

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Fringe Theatre

Evocation

The joy of the Fringe is that if you turn enough corners, past enough comedy stand up acts and musicals, you will stumble across something truly life changing. It can be something so small and low key, yet its impact truly transcends its scale. Evocation is one of those shows. Evocation outshines the competition with […]

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Culture Literature

Book Week Scotland: Night Shadows

Though Halloween has slipped into collective memory, no one can deny Edinburgh is a city of the Gothic persuasion: one only has to look at the architecture to tell, and the tradition is never far from Edinburgh’s cultural mind-set. To acknowledge this, the National Library of Scotland entreated the public to ‘an evening of songs, […]