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Review: Mannequin Mouth’s ‘Armageddon Baby’

Six housemates are confronted with the end of the world knocking ferociously at their front door. With no chance of stopping it, they plan to use their final evening to go out with a bang. An intriguing mix of irrational and logical, panicked and patient, attacker and victim, these housemates are an unlikely – and unlikeable – bunch, and their Armageddon party will only degenerate already unstable relationships within themselves and each other. Continue reading Review: Mannequin Mouth’s ‘Armageddon Baby’

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Review: Fringe Preview-Shotgun Theatre’s ‘The Remarkables’

After seeing The Remarkables when it first debuted in March, I was intrigued to see how co-writers Matt Smith and Sean Wareing had edited their original musical to make it Fringe-ready. With a few script cuts and new songs, I was impressed to see the changes made while retaining the show’s hilarity and ridiculousness. With an incredibly witty cast and creative team, The Remarkables remains a thoroughly enjoyable and strikingly professional student-written musical.   Continue reading Review: Fringe Preview-Shotgun Theatre’s ‘The Remarkables’

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Review: Fringe Preview-Theatre With Teeth’s ‘Mary’s Room’

Focused on the eponymous philosophical experiment of ‘Epiphenomenal Qualia’ – informally known as Mary’s Room – Amy White’s production is a fascinating exploration of the Human. When Professors Shelley and Cavendish build ‘Adam’, their first artificially created man, they stumble upon student Mary to test the extent of his humanity, and whether such machines can possess a soul. Through their unexpected friendship, Adam begins to show flaws that align with all the naturally “broken” parts of being a human.
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Review: Always Be My Maybe

Netflix provides another charming romantic comedy for us in Always Be My Maybe, one that endears the audience but fails to reinvent the genre. The story of Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park), two childhood friends who reconnect after sixteen years not speaking, navigate their feelings for one another despite living two different lifestyles. Continue reading Review: Always Be My Maybe

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Review: Jack by Shane Moore O’Sullivan

“The boys laughed and whispered to me that they were called the Lounge Cats, or something like that, and that they were quite famous. I replied that so was I.” (193)

The taxi driver known as Jack the Hat is undoubtedly a local celebrity in Exeter and its surrounding areas, and had been since long before the publication of this book. This quasi-mythical figure was made known to me before my first year had even started, when a fourth-year friend encouraged me to save the number of his taxi service in my phone. She told me a story of how Jack had helped her friend recover a misplaced credit card, and, in the following months, I heard more and more tales of Jack’s unprecedented kindness and heroism. Continue reading Review: Jack by Shane Moore O’Sullivan

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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

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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