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Comedy Fringe Music

Alex MacKeith: Thanks for Listening Review

Armed with a middle-class white man’s “primary form of communication”, the humble acoustic guitar, and fuelled by an ample supply of off-beat anxieties and fictitious anecdotes, Alex MacKeith: Thank you for Listening is an impressive solo Fringe debut from the winner of the 2020 Musical Comedy UK Awards.

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Fringe Theatre

Blueballs review

Blueballs is a multi-layered, gripping, and intelligent play that is a convincing feminist rendition of the tale Bluebeard for our times.

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Culture Film Reviews

Review – Benediction: Relating to Our Past

Rating: ★★★★ In an interview for Benediction at TIFF, director and writer Terrence Davies says, “The reason I do period is that I don’t know anything about modern life, and I’m afraid of it…” If Davies does not understand the modern world, then Benediction is his attempt to make the modern world understand the past.   […]

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Comment

Sentimental kitsch – the wonders of Eurovision

Ukraine’s victory in Eurovision on Saturday, came on a wave of massive public support following the Russian invasion in February, with the Kalush Orchestra lying in fifth place after the jury vote before winning 431 out of a maximum 468 points in the public vote. Every country except Serbia placed Ukraine in their Top Three. […]

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Art Culture

Review: Coming Into View: Eric Watt’s photographs of Glasgow

At the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the city of Glasgow is exposed in a joyous and sensitiveway. The amateur Glaswegian photographer Eric Watt was nearly unknown before this exhibition and its companion book, Coming Into View: Eric Watt’s Photographs of Glasgow, written by Isobel McDonald and Alison Brown. The exhibition displays a selection of […]

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Literature

Introducing Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt

If you think of the great cultural power couples of our time, you may be forgiven if literary duo Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt aren’t at the top of your list. Meeting in 1981 and marrying a year later, the pair have since resided in New York, working away their afternoons and convening to critique […]

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Art Culture

Review: Through the Female Gaze – women and work in Italy since the 1950s

According to Laura Mulvey, the world is perceived through a male gaze: a gaze that frames femme presenting individuals and women as sexual objects independently from the gender of the person looking. Scholars thus wondered whether the emancipation of a female subject in art could be achieved through the mediation of a female gaze. I […]

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Culture Theatre

Review: Orphans

Orphans is poignant and provocative. This musical is about four siblings (Sheila, John, Thomas and Michael) who have just lost their mother. It is the night before the funeral, and they are saying goodbye to the body when they decide to go to the pub. At the pub, everything seems to disintegrate; a fight breaks […]