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Film & TV Interviews

John Mangia: Bringing “The Queen’s Gambit” to life

The Queen’s Gambit (2020) is Netflix’s most watched miniseries to date. Perhaps an unlikely contender, it combines a tragic but feel-good story with a strong female protagonist and the centuries-old game of chess. Actress Ana-Taylor Joy has earned much critical acclaim for her role in the seven-part series, and the show as a whole has Read More…

Music Opinion

Rooms of their own: Boiler Room takes things House to House

Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music. – George Eliot, ‘The Mill on the Floss’ The stationary nature of our present circumstances has made most of us question what really matters to us, what we miss the most. Denied the opportunity to go out and experience the world, it Read More…

Cultures Opinion Theatre

The National Theatre’s Frankenstein: a Play of Human Cruelty

As Benedict Cumberbatch said when interviewed, “this production is creature-centric”. By consequence, Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein is novel-centric too, retaining all of the subtlety and genius of Mary Shelley’s gothic classic.  Frankenstein’s creature (played by Cumberbatch) is born into the warm womb of bright red stage lighting. His limbs protrude and rip through a veined membrane. When he emerges he Read More…

Cultures Theatre

Review: Jane Eyre – The National Theatre At Home

For those of you who are missing trips to the BT and the Oxford Playhouse or perhaps don’t quite understand the Tiger King hype, I can thoroughly recommend National Theatre At Home performances. Although not quite a night out at the theatre, they are well shot and you are often treated to close ups and Read More…