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Why is Hollywood so obsessed with female pain?

It’s a tale as old as time; what do Princess Diana, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, and even Shakespeare’s Ophelia have in common? They are all women who have been used and abused by those telling their stories, and who continue to be portrayed unsympathetically, without their consent. Well, now we can add Marilyn Monroe to […]

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Review: Blonde

Our cultural fascination with Marilyn Monroe can be seen in full force concerning testimonies of Netflix’s highly controversial Blonde. Arguably rooting for the title of an epic, labels surrounding this film have instead largely taken the path of a ruthless ‘exploitation’. Rather than a sympathetic stance, the fictional plot depicts little triumph in the actress’ […]

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Slava’s Snowshow

Much like Marmite, it seems Slava Polunion’s theatrical spectacle Snowshow incites reactions of either love or hate. Established in 1993, this on-stage workshop of clowning compromises of a series of comedic sketches led by Polunion himself as the character of the ‘Yellow Clown’, accompanied by a band of green clown minions, whose objective is to […]

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Bacchae

Come revel in an hour of madness and pagan ritual. In this production of Euripides’ ancient play, Flying Pig Theatre gives Dionysus shape among eerie sound effects and primal dancing. While certain stylistic elements detracted from the show, the superb acting from every cast member ensured it to be a solid performance. For those unfamiliar […]