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Dominic “feminists are among the most obnoxious bigots” Raab: hero of women?

In light of the multitude of spiking and injecting cases across the country, we must consider the vast extent of misogyny that still persists despite the apparent progress we have made over the last century. Yet a key question is raised – why do we care about women? Should misogyny really be a hate crime? […]

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Culture Literature

‘Ingenuine, and ultimately fails to convince’: The Cockroach review

“That morning, Jim Sams, clever but by no means profound, woke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic creature.” It just so happens that quoting the very first sentence of The Cockroach, brand new novella by Ian McEwan, is the best way to start a conversation about it. The satirical work of […]

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Fringe Theatre

Trump’d!

Trump could be providing Fringe material for at least another two years, an orange-tinged contemporary bandwagon jumped on by Two Thirds Comedy with Trump’d!. In a dystopian future, a group of strangers must unite to stop Donald Trump enacting some of his dastardly plans. The trouble is, he is not up for listening, and instead […]

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Fringe Theatre

Brexit

Alongside Trump, Brexit must be one of the most popular subjects at this year’s Fringe. About eight shows explicitly mention the term. Of all these, the bluntly titled Brexit is likely the most straightforward and professional, examining more the political fallout than the cultural significance. Of course, while a popular topic, Brexit is hard to […]

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Fringe

Interview: Katie Pesskin

NewsRevue are back at the Fringe for a 38th consecutive year. The Student caught up with its director Katie Pesskin, who is returning to direct the show at the Fringe for a second year running.   NewsRevue has been coming to the Fringe every year now since 1979. Do you even have to think about […]

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Fringe

NewsRevue 2017

The Fringe in 2016 saw most of Scotland lamenting yet another Conservative majority at Westminster, celebrating the SNP’s near whitewash of Scottish seats at the general election, and awaiting the formality of Hillary Clinton becoming the next President of the United States. Twelve months later, and Edinburgh’s festivals are back in action in a world […]

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Swallowed whole: satire and the media

Last week, the German public broadcasting company ZDF released a press statement clarifying that its comedy programmes contained comedy and not news, while the German public debate on Greece’s financial situation took an absurd turn and centred around the question: Did Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis show Germany the middle finger in a two-year-old video […]