Review: Unknown

Hannah O’Dowd’s T3 play Unknown featured some of the strongest student talent that I’ve come across at Exeter.

In what was undoubtedly the most moving piece of university theatre I’ve seen, this play tells the true story of a plane accident and its consequences on Hannah, the writer and protagonist. Unknown tackles the complex theme of trauma with sensitivity and maturity on the writer’s part, showing the evolution of her psychological and physical wellbeing in the two years since the incident. While autobiographical, the play has a broader outlook, preventing it from feeling overly personal. O’Dowd’s aim has been to create a meaningful piece of work that gives voice to the victims and survivors of brain injury, memory loss and trauma, as well as what at times feels like a more personal attempt at catharsis. It is gentle and at times wry, while humour and light-heartedness also give the play a fresh outlook and reveal O’Dowd’s writing skill, as well as her self-awareness and perspective. Continue reading Review: Unknown

Review: Booksmart

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut is a fresh, female-led, spin on the coming of age tale. Arguably one of 2019’s best comedies, Booksmart demonstrates how being young can be a painful yet hilarious experience. By successfully blending tales of raucous adventures and responsibility, Booksmart illuminates the emotional pains associated with teenage friendship and the transition into adulthood. Continue reading Review: Booksmart

Getting My Buzz Back: Vibrators & Recovery from Sexual Trauma

TW:// sexual violence and trauma

Some days go by and you don’t think about it at all. It doesn’t cross your mind, and no one would know any wiser. Then, while you’re doing mundane tasks, it hits you. You put on the same shoes you wore the night it happened. You eat the same breakfast you had the morning after it happened. You walk down the street and think that you saw someone that looked just like them – but no. It’s just your mind playing that cruel trick again, reminding you of that night when you were sexually assaulted. Continue reading Getting My Buzz Back: Vibrators & Recovery from Sexual Trauma

Review: Exeter’s Bill’s

After hearing about Bill’s renovation, Naomi and I were absolutely desperate to see how they could possibly improve their chic, colourful look and the delights of their buttermilk chicken burger and American-style pancakes! Upon arrival, our attention was immediately drawn to the beautiful flower feature wall just outside the doors – the perfect location for an aesthetic Instagram photoshoot of which we made full use. Continue reading Review: Exeter’s Bill’s

Review: ‘Hamlet’ by Shakespeare Society

After having the pleasure of being invited to review Shakespeare Society’s production of Doctor Faustus earlier this year, I was incredibly pleased to see that their latest production of Hamlet was up for review. I leapt at the opportunity, and can quite happily say that, while something may be rotten in the state of Denmark, there was nothing rotten about this wonderful performance! For Razz readers … Continue reading Review: ‘Hamlet’ by Shakespeare Society

Met Gala Theme Explained

I can’t have been the only one who opened up Instagram on Tuesday morning and thought, “What in God’s name is everyone wearing?!” If you’re confused about this year’s Met Gala theme, then you’re certainly not alone! What exactly is camp? Wikipedia defines it as “an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value.” However, the … Continue reading Met Gala Theme Explained

Review: Shotgun Theatre’s ‘Spring Awakening’

Before seeing Shotgun’s long-awaited Spring Awakening, I was warned to brace myself. With scenes of a daring psychological and sexual nature, I initially feared how an amateur student theatre company could handle such topics with sensitivity or avoid cliché or damaging romanticising. However, this production was the furthest thing from amateur. With a cast of astounding talent, a flawless soft-rock musical score, and a few light-hearted subplots peppering humour between heart-wrenching trauma, Spring Awakening had me Feeling. Directed by Jacob Hutchings and assisted by Sacha Mulley, this creative team have produced one of the most stunning and thought-provoking pieces of theatre I’ve seen at university. Continue reading Review: Shotgun Theatre’s ‘Spring Awakening’

Met Gala 2019-Top 20 Best Dressed

In recent years, people have come to expect the most glamorous, extravagant (and bizarre) outfits from the Met Gala pink carpet. This year is certainly no exception, with the theme as ‘camp’ fashion. Having considered their creativity, fit to the celebrity, and adherence to the theme, here are (in no particular order) my personal top 20 picks for best dressed! Continue reading Met Gala 2019-Top 20 Best Dressed

Preview: Reclaim The Frame Launch

In 2018 Birds’ Eye View launched the BFI-backed Reclaim The Frame project – a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women, offering a wider perspective of the world. Birds’ Eye View is a charity whose focus for the last 16 years has been on raising the commercial and cultural impact of films written by or directed by women – demonstrating how varied the female gaze can be and celebrating the difference. Continue reading Preview: Reclaim The Frame Launch