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In Memory of Robbie Coltrane

Moving tributes have been published by everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson who Coltrane starred alongside in the Harry Potter film adaptations to Steven Fry and Hugh Laurie who, in the 1980s, both shared the screen with Coltrane in two television series: Alfresco and Blackadder. Even the first minister Nicola Sturgeon added to the […]

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Music

The future of pop cut short: The legacy SOPHIE leaves on pop

Two weeks ago, the music world stood still as one of the contemporary visionaries of pop music, Glasgow-born SOPHIE, passed away in Athens, Greece. A fortnight on, tributes and statements are still being made as the world continues to mourn. But as the dust settles, it’s perhaps more productive and fruitful to explore why SOPHIE’s […]

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Music

50 years on: the lasting legacy of Woodstock Festival

It’s been 50 years since the most iconic music festival in history: Woodstock. Extensive and, at times, shambolic lengths have gone to re-create the near mythical, folkloric essence of this event. In January of 2019 the announcement of an anniversary festival was made –  Woodstock 50. This did not come to fruition however, and instead […]

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Features

Edinburgh’s historical association with the transatlantic slave trade

The history of Scotland’s capital is mostly rich, varied and deeply enthralling, yet unfortunately, when it comes to its association with slavery, Edinburgh possesses a still visible, disturbing legacy. As a nation, there is a sense of collective amnesia surrounding Scotland’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade. It is time we acknowledge our collective responsibility […]

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TV

Mahoney’s legacy and late stardom should inspire us all

After a lengthy battle with throat cancer, John Mahoney passed away on 4 February 2018. Despite his passing, his legacy can and should live on to inspire us all. Born in Blackpool in 1940, John Mahoney grew up in Manchester but was dissatisfied with his life. He decided to move to the US and pursue […]

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Theatre

Disability in the Theatre

The aims of Disability History Month are to celebrate the lives of disabled people, challenge ableism, and strive for equality. With its power to motivate social change, theatre seems the perfect vehicle through which to do this. Yet, in conversations about diversity, disabled people are rarely included. The problem must be acknowledged and the work […]