Culture theatre

Measure for Measure review: “A whirlwind of corruption and office intrigue”

This staging of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure from student production company Not The Way Forward Productions looks forwards to the future with a majority-female cast in 80s power suits, lending a Vienna thrown into chaos an intriguing corporate edge (overflowing waste paper baskets and tipped-over chairs abound).  The play witnesses a ruthless Angelo tasked with Read More…

Books

Not What She Intended: a review of American Dirt

I’ve read books better written than Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt. Some were more eloquent, others more compelling, and others more believable. I’ve read immigrant stories less transparently inauthentic and seen pop culture phenomena less unapologetically shallow. But still, American Dirt was a first. I can’t claim to have read anything quite like it. And though Read More…

Culture

What We’re Into This Week: 02/02/20

Film – Lady Bird Ladybird (2018) is being released on Netflix next week and I cannot recommend it enough. In understated terms Gerwig captures teenage angst in a way that seems neither adolescent or anxious. Her careful depiction of familial, romantic, and self love will have you equally enamoured and frustrated with each character’s treatment of Read More…

Culture theatre

Review: The Pillowman

The Pillowman is a 2003 play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, a darkly satirical narrative that focuses on a writer (Katurian) and her brother (Michal) who are kept in custody by two sinister policemen after a series of child murders that echo Katurian’s own twisted tales. With its heavy emphasis on child killing and police Read More…

Culture Music Uncategorized

Taking the High Road – Most Anticipated Pop Albums of 2020 So Far

By Chloé Agar So, we’ve survived the New Year, almost got through Veganuary, and have even started Hilary Term. What more excitement could there be? Well, music releases, of course (work with me here). While it is still only January, and I might be setting the bar very high, there are already some fantastic pop Read More…

theatre

Review: Merrily We Roll Along

In Plato’s ‘Republic’, Socrates tells Cephalus, ‘They say for the rich there are many consolations.’ The Goya Theatre’s production of Merrily We Roll Along provides the antithesis. The play/musical follows the lives of a group of people that eventually break through in the entertainment industry, firstly at Broadway and then perhaps, drearily predictably, in Hollywood, Read More…

Film & TV Opinion

Love Island meets literature: a Love Island poetry discussion

The appearance of yet another season of Love Island on our screens this winter stands testament to the prominent position it currently holds in pop culture. At a time of political upheaval and social instability, what does our obsession with the lulling sound of ‘I’ve got a text’ and the ‘do bits society’ tell us Read More…