Until recently, all that I knew about the plot of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew was what I had seen in 10 Things I Hate About You: the frosty, hostile Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) softens when she accidentally falls for the slightly intimidating Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). On my way to London, to see this production I felt reasonably excited by the prospect of watching the original play. The idea of going to see a performance at the Barbican over the Christmas period sounds enticing – especially when it is to watch something as cultured as a Shakespeare play. Little did I know that I would not be so pleased afterwards. Continue reading Review: The Taming of the Shrew @ The Barbican
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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