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Review: Thunder Road @ Exeter Phoenix

Two Friends. Voluntary First Aid service. A desire to be of use which has come about from a dissatisfaction with the real world. Stand-up comedy, narrative storytelling, influence from both real life and a road trip tragic comedy. This show has all of these elements, often joining together ideas which would initially seem difficult to connect. It is a testament to the skills and experience of its creative team. Continue reading Review: Thunder Road @ Exeter Phoenix

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Singles’ Round-Up

‘Family and Loyalty’ by Gang Starr (feat. J. Cole)

In their first project in sixteen years, classic rap duo Gang Starr (featuring J. Cole) harken back to the golden age of hip-hop with a single reminiscent of their seminal album, Moment of Truth. DJ Premier constructs a jazzy, boom-bap beat around an unreleased verse from Guru, who tragically passed away in 2010. The beat perfectly suits Guru’s flow, with the gentle pianos underscoring his smooth voice. The lyrics are unsubtle, with ideas of the longevity of friendship and classic rap at the forefront, which is juxtaposed with comparisons to the modern genre that is moving away from conscious rap. Cole’s feature serves to hand over the baton to the next generation of conscious rap, and whilst his flow sounds clumsy at times, his message is no less important and relevant. This is a well-constructed single that reinforces the value of old school rap to the rest of the genre. Continue reading Singles’ Round-Up

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Review: BSO’s Love and Loss

Something many students do not know is that in the week before Freshers’ every year, the University welcomes a crowd of musically gifted students onto campus for a week of music making. Freshers and returners alike get to take part in a range of workshops, from African drumming to jazz improvisation, not forgetting the annual pilgrimage to Unit 1 dressed in our ‘garish garms’. Continue reading Review: BSO’s Love and Loss

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Review: Downton Abbey

Unsurprisingly, there aren’t many television shows that unite three generations within my family; our separate interests couldn’t be further apart from each other. Yet, the golden exception to this rule, Downton Abbey was watched and adored each week by my grandmother (who loved the history), my mother (who loved the costumes) and myself (who still is utterly in love with Tom Branson)! Naturally, we were all thrilled to discover that our favourite drama had made it to the silver screen and I went to watch it with my grandma on its opening night. Continue reading Review: Downton Abbey

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Frost on Film: Joker

DC have had a tough time of late. While their studio rivals Marvel have continued to break box office records with the Avengers’ franchise, DC have struggled to put together an equally brilliant superhero team-up film. For every success the DC studio has had (Wonder Woman), there is a stink bomb (Justice League) lurking around the corner. This is largely why director Todd Phillips went to the executives of DC with a new idea – release smaller budget character pieces with less of a reliance upon CGI. Continue reading Frost on Film: Joker

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Review: Fleabag @ The National Theatre Live

There’s a little bit of Fleabag in everyone. It was this, as well as an increased obsession with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s written genius that I took away from the NT production of “Fleabag” on 12 September. Being a student, I couldn’t afford the £70 train down to London, as much as I wanted to; instead I watched the live streaming at my local cinema. The experience was nothing short of captivating. It was in Phoebe’s use of minimalistic visuals, a single chair encapsulated in darkness with one interrogative yet feeble light above her, that Fleabag’s garish anecdotes invited almost a safe space, for the audience to laugh both at her, and in reflection, at their own selves, with the comfort of knowing that being a ‘greedy, perverted, selfish, apathetic, cynical, depraved, morally bankrupt woman who can’t even call herself a feminist’ is okay. Continue reading Review: Fleabag @ The National Theatre Live

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Review: “The High Low Experience”

When journalists Dolly Alderton (Exeter alumna) and Pandora Sykes began their pop-culture and current affairs podcast, The High Low, in 2017 it is possible they underestimated the following they would gain from the expanding popularity of the show. With 111 recorded episodes and an average listenership of 250,000 people per week, the pair’s undeniable success has led them to this current UK tour. “The High Low Experience”, which I had the fortune to attend at the Barbican Centre in London, brings together the high-end and low-brow topics that the podcast has become known for.
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