Interview: RAZZ x Recognise Red

During RAZZ’s SHAG Week (Sexual Health and Guidance week), online deputy editor, Holly McSweeney had the wonderful opportunity to interview Campaign Manager Abigail Hartshorn and Publicity Officer Emily Black from the anti-sexual harassment campaign Recognise Red as an extension of our recent collaboration. Their discussion covered the origins of the campaign and getting it off the ground, the incredible work it does to sustain engaged discussion surrounding sexual harassment and the main challenges faced within that goal. One thing that seemed to come up across the conversations was the challenge of  making specific positive change on the Exeter campuses while remaining connected to broader national and international movements too. Their discussion follows: Continue reading Interview: RAZZ x Recognise Red

We Need To Have A Conversation About Sexual Assault at University

Content Warning: Sexual Assault; Mental Health; Personal Account

The worst day of my life was the day after I was sexually assaulted in my first term at university. Looking back now, it’s hard to imagine how I got through that time – I felt completely paralysed by circumstances out of my control, unable to consider a future in which things would be normal again. The overwhelming feeling wasn’t one of shock, or hurt, or even anger. It was fear: uncontrollable, persistent, debilitating fear. Fear that is unfortunately all too common among the women who study at the University, whether they are a first-hand survivor or are simply aware that it is something to be afraid of. 23% of women experience sexual assault at some point in their lives, a shocking fact when you consider that this equates to almost a quarter of the women you know. It has been over a year since I became a part of this statistic, and I am okay now – but the situation still is not.  Continue reading We Need To Have A Conversation About Sexual Assault at University

Interview: Dolly Padalia from Sexplain

As part of RAZZ’s SHAG (Sexual Health and Guidance) Week, Ellie Foulds interviews Dolly Padalia, from Sexplain. Committed to bringing sex and relationships education “into the 21stcentury”, Sexplain “support[s] young people & those working with them to ensure everyone has access to a complete, inclusive and comprehensive sex education.”. Dolly offers advice on a range of aspects to sex and relationships, from breakups to taboos around masturbation and sex toys to what it’s like to work in sex and relationships education. RAZZ appreciates the continued support from Sexplain. Continue reading Interview: Dolly Padalia from Sexplain

Events to Get You Through the Post-Christmas Blues

Term two is underway, Christmas is a distant memory and it’s so dark that by half five you want to get into bed and call it a day. Never fear- here are some of Exeter’s finest offerings for February and March to keep you occupied until the sun actually decides to come out again. Continue reading Events to Get You Through the Post-Christmas Blues

Sexual Harassment in The Post #MeToo Age: RAZZ x Recognise Red

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Recognise Red, who are we?

So, who are Recognise Red? We are a team of students who stand behind the anti-sexual harassment campaign at The University of Exeter. We advocate an inclusive form of activism, in which we aim to educate and raise awareness about the forms of harassment, how to combat them, and where to seek support after traumatic events. The focal point of our message being, RED: Recognise, Engage, Discuss. Some examples of our campaigning within the university include the guest speaker Gina Martin’s appearance last year, our collaboration with MWEXE discussing harassment in Westminster, our info-graphic posters on social media and in clubs, as well as our upcoming podcast Recognise Red Presents #Discuss. Continue reading Sexual Harassment in The Post #MeToo Age: RAZZ x Recognise Red

Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s King Lear

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

King Lear is fundamentally a play about intragenerational power struggles, and Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s powerful performance, directed by Megan Shepherd and Matt Smith, explores the intricacies of jealousy, love and madness in a remarkably insightful way. The close environment of the cathedral setting allows the audience to take on the role of Lear’s court, almost becoming part of the painful deterioration of the kingdom. Continue reading Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s King Lear

Review: EUTCO’s The Great Gatsby

Gatsby: the name is synonymous with glamour, the roaring ‘20s, extravagant excess, wealth, parties, hedonism, flowing alcohol, the power to turn dreams into reality, and the sense of a lost time. It also signifies a story of dashed ambition and tragedy. EUTCO’s production of The Great Gatsby at the Northcott, adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic, drew out these tensions thoughtfully and impressively. Published in 1925, Fitzgerald’s novel has undergone a whole new revival with the onset of the 2020s. Mimi Templar Gay’s direction produced a play which encouraged its audience to reflect on its relevance to our present time, particularly in light of its pervasive concerns with money, success and what it means to be fortunate. Continue reading Review: EUTCO’s The Great Gatsby

Review: Shotgun Theatre’s Sweeney Todd

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The tale of Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett carries a loaded reputation; from Broadway to Burton, the tale of the “Demon barber of Fleet Street” and his pie-making partner-in-crime has become a household horror story, making it often difficult to revitalise. Shotgun Theatre’s production, however, did not disappoint in its thrilling and refreshing adaptation, boasting an extraordinarily talented band, an impressively crafted set, and a cast that could be straight from the West End. Directed by Jessa Thompson, the murderous tale has been modified with exciting twists, and her feminist reworkings of certain characters are invigorating to an otherwise predictable plot. Continue reading Review: Shotgun Theatre’s Sweeney Todd

Review: Exeter University’s Shakespeare Company’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Love’s Labour’s Lost, a poetic story of four couples, is a rarely performed gem by Shakespeare. I especially have a soft spot for the character of Berwone whose romantic iambic pentameter burrowed their way into my heart quite a few years ago. This production was able to adapt the story successfully by keeping the central point relevant, and making the humour and wit punchy.  Continue reading Review: Exeter University’s Shakespeare Company’s ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’