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Editorial

When it comes to slavery, 40 George Square should worry us more than DHT

In the weeks since taking action to rename David Hume Tower, the University of Edinburgh has become an international laughing stock. News articles and opinion pieces from around the world have weighed in on the decision to rebrand the building as 40 George Square, almost unanimously to decry the call as ludicrous and poorly thought […]

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Sport

Ben Stokes’s Ashes heroics will not be forgotten

Rorke’s Drift. Dunkirk. Headingley 2019. The sportswriters stopped short of comparing the fourth day of this Ashes Third Test to Thermopylae, but the military analogies and journalistic grandiosities were out in full force. Ben Stokes, our carrot-topped Leonidas, hogged the back pages, and in many instances the front pages, after an astonishing performance with the […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Fearless, immersive, swaggering and loud’: Trainspotting Live review

There’s in-yer-face theatre, and then there’s Trainspotting Live. Instead of tickets, audience members are handed glow stick bracelets upon entering the venue. As they walk in they are greeted by pounding ‘90s club music; actors bouncing up and down, screaming, hugging, kissing the crowd. Over the course of the first half-hour, cast members, both male […]

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Comedy Fringe

‘Overlong and underpowered’: Mojo Review

Mojo is the first play written by Jez Butterworth and, for all its strengths, now seems sophomoric compared to his more recent, nuanced work. However, it remains a gift for any cast, full of witty rapid-fire dialogue and interesting characters. It is just a shame that this group of actors does not take advantage of […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Funny, gripping and constantly inventive’: Yellow Review

Modern theatrical reinterpretations of classic works have two key responsibilities. The first is faithfulness to the spirit, as opposed to the particulars, of the source material. The second is for the adaptation to deviate enough from the original to justify its own existence: if you’re not adding anything to the table, don’t bother. By placing […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘A terrific fusion of authenticity and artifice’: Cherie – My Struggle review

Cherie – My Struggle is a play about politics, but it isn’t a political play. It pokes fun at powerful people, but it isn’t overtly satirical. It is a simple piece, a monologue less than an hour long with no set design or stage trickery, but it is certainly one worth seeing. That it is […]

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Culture Literature

Springtime reads for all your procrastination needs

Revision season is upon us, and now more than ever is the time to pick up a good book and forget the impending doom of our final exams. Despite the mountain of course reading they’ve yet to do for their degrees, our writers proudly present what they’ve been reading over the Easter break below. Heartburn […]

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Cult Column Film

Cult Column: A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Content warning: sexual assault and rape This month, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the director’s death, Stanley Kubrick’s scintillating, surreal masterpiece A Clockwork Orange is being re-released in cinemas across the UK. Adapted in 1971 from Anthony Burgess’ novel, it tells the story of Alex, a teenage criminal who leads his gang of droogs […]