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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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Review: Women of the World Festival, Exeter

The ‘Women of the World Festival’ (WOW) was founded in 2010 by Jude Kelly, and this year marked the 2nd annual WOW Exeter event, which welcomed female artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more to discuss and celebrate their achievements. The varied activities on offer over the weekend sought to inspire future generations while also discuss the issues limiting women’s full potential. Continue reading Review: Women of the World Festival, Exeter

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Sancho’s Secret Student Sale

Walking up to it, the warm glow of Sancho’s shop draws you in, lightbulbs hanging gracefully from the ceiling. The place is crowded with students, their chatter filling the air. The temptation of the 20% off sale and free candles with each purchase has tempted quite a few, even on this chilled October afternoon. The shop is just the right size for one to feel cosy and have a pleasant experience. Exploring around the comfy winter clothes it is easy to feel at ease surrounded by the greenery of plants inhabiting the corners of the shop, hinting at the eco sustainable nature of the venue. Accompanying your journey through the fully recycled coats and hand-crafted jewellery is the lingering flowery aroma of scented candles and spiced cinnamon. Continue reading Sancho’s Secret Student Sale

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Preview: BSO’s ‘Songs from the Heart’ @ Exeter Great Hall

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns on Thursday evening to Exeter Great Hall, bringing ‘Songs from the Heart’ to the stage. The works of three Romantic German composers, selected for their deeply moving personal sentiment, will be performed by the world-class orchestra, which produces the finest classical music in the South West. Karl-Heinz Steffens will act as guest conductor for this next instalment in the BSO season Continue reading Preview: BSO’s ‘Songs from the Heart’ @ Exeter Great Hall

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Diversity in Exeter: The Asian Community

To be completely honest, moving to a totally different country to study as an international student, is terrifying. However, while the thought of being on your own in a new environment, away from your parents, from your comfort zone, is scary, it is also exciting. I actually felt more eager to be in university, meeting new people and experiencing new opportunities, than scared. But, after hearing about the incident involving BLS (Bracton Law Society) last year, I was really taken aback and wondered if I had made the right choice by putting Exeter as my firm choice of university. However, thinking on a different perspective, I realised that this incident might have helped to uncover racism and raise awareness of diversity in the University. Continue reading Diversity in Exeter: The Asian Community

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Review: ‘An Evening with Andy Hamilton’

When I’d interviewed Andy Hamilton prior to this show, he’d told me that while he doesn’t tailor his work for a particular audience, he seems to attract a Radio 4-type crowd. Looking around at the audience, this stereotype certainly rang true, with an age gap of at least 15 years between me and the next youngest person. But, all the under-40s who haven’t yet discovered Andy Hamilton are definitely missing out; I laughed the whole way through the evening. Continue reading Review: ‘An Evening with Andy Hamilton’