Razz’s Summer Reads

Your phone is in aeroplane mode, your best mate has started snoring on your shoulder after one too many airport cocktails, it’s the perfect time to grab a paperback and start your holiday off with the perfect novel. If you’re at a loose end with exams over, or just can’t face the graduate job search today, here is a list of 5 great reads to … Continue reading Razz’s Summer Reads

Review: It Shoulda Been You

There was a lot that could go wrong when you’re putting on a show like It Shoulda Been You. A musical-comedy is best to be avoided when considering how many invitations for failure there are inherent in the genre. Cringey dialogue, cheap jokes that fall flat, plots that adorn absurdity, are all too common; worsened by the addition of the setting of a wedding and … Continue reading Review: It Shoulda Been You

Review: The Galley Restaurant in Topsham

Located on Fore Street in the heart of Topsham, your first impression of The Galley may be of a small, unassuming restaurant. Facing a boat yard, the restaurant has a charming view across the river, with a newly refurbished cobalt blue exterior. The Galley looks like a quaint, local business. In fact, it is exactly that. We were welcomed by a charming waiter, who sat … Continue reading Review: The Galley Restaurant in Topsham

Investing in Arts and Culture: A Public Conversation on Value and Where We Place It

The panel was held on the 23rd of May at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter. The speakers included experts in Business and Theatre from Exeter University (Beverly Hawkins and Jane Milling respectively), the director of South West Arts Council of England (Clare Titley), the Chairman of the HQ theatres Trust (Stephen Herthington), and the executive director of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre centre, based in … Continue reading Investing in Arts and Culture: A Public Conversation on Value and Where We Place It

Exhibition Review: Another Spring

At the heart of Exeter, almost hidden down Gandy Street, is Exeter Phoenix. Apart from being the home to various ‘Showcase’ events, Phoenix has plenty to offer. It’s an exciting, high-caliber arts venue that is famous for its cinema, theatre, radio station, art workshops and art galleries. From the 4th of May, it is home to Another Spring, an exhibition that showcases the work of … Continue reading Exhibition Review: Another Spring

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Exeter Northcott

From May 8th to 12th, Exeter Northcott was home to a raucous and outrageous adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. From the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and devising company Filter, this production, a revival of the adaptation first performed in London and Manchester, is currently being toured around the country with Exeter as their fifth stop. Productions of Shakespeare’s classic plays that seek to … Continue reading Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Exeter Northcott

Review: Jack Dean’s ‘Nuketown’ @ Exeter Phoenix

“Nuketown is a combined storytelling and protest art project about cities, public money and the possible end of life as we know it.” This Monday, 14th of May, Jack Dean reached the second leg of his tour and performed his most recent piece, Nuketown, here at our very own Exeter Phoenix. Jack Dean is an Exeter-based performer and writer who has performed all over the … Continue reading Review: Jack Dean’s ‘Nuketown’ @ Exeter Phoenix

In My Good Books: ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton

‘The Muse’ is a novel packed with mystery, thwarted love and artistry. Following her captivating novel ‘The Miniaturist’, Jessie Burton’s next novel depicts an equally in-depth fictionalisation of contemporary cultural anxieties. Thus while ‘The Miniaturist’ explores the historic damning of sodomy, ‘The Muse’ depicts racial prejudice in the 1960s, as well as the social tension in the years leading to the second world war. However, … Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton

Met Gala Fashion Review

The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala (or Met Gala for short) always takes place on the first Monday in May and this year the theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Jonny McKinnell reviews his stand-out looks of the night… Rihanna in Maison Margiela Look, we all know Rihanna is the true queen of the Met Gala so anyone who thought she was … Continue reading Met Gala Fashion Review