Culture Film & TV

Farewell, The Good Place

Farewell, The Good Place, you miraculous gem of a television show in this dumpster fire of a world. Here’s a show, about philosophy, and death, love, and heartbreak. It is a complicated web of plot lines, character developments and philosophical theory, interwoven with the silliest humour and slapstick flair. The perfect antidote to a stressed Read More…

Culture theatre

Angels in America: “an impactful experience”

The first reaction to any adaptation of Tony Kushner’s ‘Angels in America’ is one of awe. Aside from its Pulitzer-winning status, the show is known for its length: the whole thing takes seven and a half hour in total. Andrew Garfield, when playing Prior on Broadway, conceded to hopes of never having to work as Read More…

Culture theatre

Hero-Man: “a bizarre and bad-mannered comic musical”

Pendulum Productions’ Hero-Man is a bizarre and bad-mannered comic musical about the eponymous hero, played by Reef Ronel: an ultra-macho defender of the realm who defeats evil antagonist Joel Fernandez’s Reknaw on a weekly basis. Hero-Man is assisted by Martin Lindill as Tim, and his canine pal Zap, played by Sarah Davies, who throw their Read More…

Culture theatre

Shadows of Troy: “an epic theatrical experience”

Shadows of Troy brings to Oxford brand new adaptions of Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides and Ajax by Sophocles rolled into one epic theatrical experience. It commences with the Euripides. As Greek ships wait to sail over the sea to storm Troy, Kalchas the seer augurs that the winds will arrive only if Iphigenia, the general’s Read More…

Culture Film & TV

A guide to Ghibli

Last weekend, while UK dwellers were probably fast asleep, something magical happened. Netflix dropped the first 7 out of a total 21 Studio Ghibli Films that will all become available over the next 3 months everywhere excluding Japan, Canada and the USA. The booing and hissing issuing from across the Atlanic is almost audible. I Read More…

Books Culture

T.S Eliot prize: Explorations of Testimony

‘No one bears witness for the witness,’ remarked Paul Celan – to bear witness is to bear the utter solitude of absolute responsibility. The burden of the witness-survivor pervades Roger Robinson’s A Parable Paradise, which was most recently awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize: a highly prestigious poetry commendation with a cheque for £25,000. Several reviewers have Read More…

Culture Film & TV

The 92nd Academy Awards: An Initial Reaction

I’d love not to join the stockpile of day-after Oscars news reports, giving you instead some sort of subversive *hot take*, but, like everyone else, I cannot feel anything but sincerely happy for Bong Joon-ho and his cast and crew.  With three Oscar wins, last night was theirs and rightly so. The only thing one Read More…