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Iran’s Book Market Crisis

The Iranian book market is perishing as US sanctions hit home. Tehran’s nuclear programme has long been contested, and in 2022 the book-lovers of Iran are suffering the cultural consequences of global politics. The “newly” implemented sanctions are a product of Trump’s crackdown in 2018 when the former POTUS made the abrupt decision to leave […]

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The Woman in Black – Review

Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ A West-End classic with a beloved, gripping story, The Woman in Black is a fitting show to return to after 18 months out of the theatre. Adapted from the Susan Hill novel by Stephen Mallatratt, the play is something of a constant in the theatre world. Not only has it been running […]

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Innovations Contemporary Dance Platform – Review

Innovations Contemporary Dance Platforms appeared at The Studio on October 15th with four emerging productions of contemporary dance practice that explored a variety of themes, among them: blindness, mental health, sexuality and climate disaster. Although the show was produced by Dance Horizons, each performance was presented by a different dance company. Sense by BDBlaq Company […]

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BOY’S KHAYA Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Bawren Tavaziva’s BOY’S KHAYA invites you to travel through time and space through the synthesis of the performers’ bodies. The show moves through themes of connection and separation, the performers dancing in patterns of alternating urgency and controlled calm. It invites you into an intimate space of tension at the boundary of time. The […]

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Looking Good Dead Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Looking Good Dead is a surprisingly hilarious thriller starring Adam Woodyatt (better known as Ian from Eastenders). The play focuses on a dysfunctional nuclear family living in suburban Brighton and the absolute carnage that ensues when the father brings home a memory stick left behind by another passenger on a train. When his son […]

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Riverdance 25th Anniversary Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nostalgia is the theme of Riverdance’s 25th Anniversary show. Now closer to 27 years of running, factoring in the recent time off, the beloved show has returned with an already triumphant UK tour. The subtle changes that have been added over the years to a near perfect formula of tight choreography, electric energy, and […]

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Starstruck – Review

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Undoubtedly, Starstruck is a triumphant return to the stage for the Scottish Ballet. The hour-long production is tantalizingly short, yet still successfully transports its audience into a fantastical world full of visual delights.  First and foremost, Gene Kelley’s choreography is great fun. While quite different from traditional classical ballet, its charm comes from its […]

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Grease! – Review

Nikolai Foster’s cheerful and upbeat production of Grease! celebrates the long overdue return of musical theatre in the best way possible. From the offset, the production demands your attention with its catchy songs and energetic cast. In a nutshell, Grease! is a fun-filled, lively night of music and dance, with an incredible selection of young […]