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Review: Angelus

Over recent weeks, it’s been difficult to miss the publicity for Theatre with Teeth’s Angelus. After all, what person, seeing the image of the noose on that blood-red background, wouldn’t be intrigued to know what the play is about? With a few more clicks, you find out what is promised; a “splitting new play that deals with loss, morality, and the pursuit of redemption”, written by Patrick Swain. Judging by the size of the audience at the opening performance, I was certainly not the only person to be curious about this new “dark comedy”. Continue reading Review: Angelus

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Preview: Come As You Are @ Exeter Phoenix

Come As You Are is a ground-breaking and eccentric festival that celebrates trans, non-binary, and gender-queer theatre. Titling themselves “Gender Anarchists”, Camden People’s Theatre are travelling across the UK to challenge people’s preconceptions of gender and identity, demonstrating the freedom to be found in interrogating these oppressive norms. Continue reading Preview: Come As You Are @ Exeter Phoenix

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Autumn TV Pick: Shalom, Friday Night Dinner!

To many of you, I’m sure Friday Night Dinner is already a beloved modern classic. It was to my friends’ upmost surprise when I recently announced that I had never watched the programme before. Previously, when I had heard other people discussing it, I had ignorantly dismissed it as being just another Come Dine With Me style cooking show. When I finally got round to giving it a watch, I was undoubtedly stunned to find it was quite the opposite of the tame cooking show I had been imagining. Within a few minutes, I found myself close to tears as a result of laughing so much. Instantly, I felt accustomed to the characters and to the setting. Continue reading Autumn TV Pick: Shalom, Friday Night Dinner!

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Review: First Man

It is surprising that almost 50 years on from the infamous 1969 moon landing, few have tried to display the iconic events in a feature film. Damien Chazelle has changed that with his third directorial outing, First Man, a biopic which traces the experiences of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. For Chazelle, First Man represents a considerable shift from his previous body of work which focused more upon musicianship. However, like Whiplash and La La Land, Chazelle’s new film is fundamentally about an individual’s desire to achieve something truly great.
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Review: ‘Tehran Taboo’

Having lived in a Muslim country all my life, the contrast between the oppressive Islamic society and the individual lives depicted in Tehran Taboo is all too familiar. The movie follows the lives of three characters: Pari, a woman with a six-year-old son forced into prostitution due to the lack of financial support from her imprisoned, drug addicted husband; Babak, a musician who has sex … Continue reading Review: ‘Tehran Taboo’

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Review: EUTCo’s ‘The Shape of Things’

I entered the M&D room with little idea of what to expect, however, EUTCO’s The Shape of Things took me by surprise. For most of its two-hour duration, the play is an intense and voyeuristic examination of two couples, along with the diverse and ever-changing relationships between the four individuals. However, the final scene unravels much of what the audience has come to believe to be the truth about the characters. Facades crumble, lies emerge, and the audience is left questioning the truth of their own life, just as much as the truth of the play. Continue reading Review: EUTCo’s ‘The Shape of Things’