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Review: The Tempest @ Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

When you think of Shakespeare, people tend to think of The Globe, or Stratford-upon-Avon, not York. But Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York is now in its second summer, and offers a great opportunity to see Shakespeare plays performed in an intimate, authentic setting. The pop-up theatre is constructed at the base of Clifford’s Tower, which provides a great historic setting for a replica Globe Theatre. This year, the theatre is showing The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Hamlet and Henry V, with one of the two companies also performing children’s play Billy Shakes: Wonderboy!.  Continue reading Review: The Tempest @ Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

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Frost on Film: Tarantino’s Greatest Scenes

‘I think this just might be my masterpiece’
A look at some of Tarantino’s greatest scenes

When Quentin Tarantino puts pen to paper, something special is never very far away. Over the course of his directorial career, Tarantino has written some of the most iconic dialogue ever put to screen and with the release of his new film – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – the promise of some juicy exchanges seems like a given. Continue reading Frost on Film: Tarantino’s Greatest Scenes

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Review: Mary Quant at the V&A

Mary Quant is the pinnacle of 60s youth culture, revolutionising fashion and culture in a decade known for change. The V&A’s current exhibition honouring her both acts as a frozen capsule and transcends linear time. The exhibition’s historicism plays out through transporting you to her original BAZAAR shop in Knightsbridge, gazing into its shop window. The mannequins have playful poses, with some lying on the floor and jumping through the air, and hold eccentric props that Quant used herself – most notably a red lobster attached to a gold chain. This encouraged the exhibition’s engagement with visitors, replicating Quant’s vital and innovative interaction with the customer. Continue reading Review: Mary Quant at the V&A

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Meghan Markle X Vogue: A Collaboration to Celebrate. 

When will it end? When will we get bored? When will we finally learn to celebrate Meghan Markle and the work she does, and give her credit where it is due? Yet again, this past week HRH Duchess of Sussex has made headlines with the release of the ever-anticipated September issue of British Vogue. This year she has guest edited the edition with Edward Enninful, current editor of the publication. Last month, scandal surrounded her choice to protect her child and friends’ privacy in not releasing the names of Archie’s godparents; this month, her call for kindness and positivity has gathered ample criticism. This scrutiny of Meghan, the charitable and kind work she does and the decisions she makes about her family are becoming old and dull news. Yes, she is female, yes, she is of mixed heritage and yes, her former career was as an actress but like it or not she is now a member of the British Royal Family. In guest editing the September issue of Vogue she has used her platform to deliver what is ultimately a message of, as Bryony Gordon wrote in her column for The Telegraph, “be kind, help people less fortunate than you, try and do the right thing, and by the way: you’re lovely just as you are”.  Continue reading Meghan Markle X Vogue: A Collaboration to Celebrate. 

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Nan Goldin at the Tate Modern

“In spite of it all, people have a need to couple. Even when they’re being destroyed, they’re still coupling. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency starts and ends with this premise, but in between there is the question of as to why there is this need to couple and why it is so difficult.” – Nan Goldin (1986)  Continue reading Nan Goldin at the Tate Modern

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Review: Heat Wave by Penelope Lively

Reading this extraordinarily perceptive novel in my garden during the July heat wave, the cover gradually fading in the sunlight and the pages getting crumpled by my fingers greasy with sun cream, I was absorbed into the world of Penelope Lively’s book: one simmering with barely contained emotions and the heat of an extreme English summertime. At just under 200 pages this book is no … Continue reading Review: Heat Wave by Penelope Lively

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Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home

*WARNING: SPOILERS*

Spider-Man: Far From Home is in an unenviable position: having to follow Avengers: Endgame, now the highest grossing film ever. Endgame was essentially a monumental conclusion to the Infinity Saga that said goodbye to characters we’ve loved for over a decade. It was soul crushing. For anything directly afterwards, it’s tricky not to fall flat.

However, choosing Spider-Man was wise. It narrows the scale, allowing audiences to see how the Blip (the five years post-snap) actually affected people. This transition works well for the franchise, with the student “in memoriam” video for Stark, Rogers, and Romanoff (don’t – I’m still devastated) shifting it in a more light-hearted direction. Continue reading Review: Spider-Man: Far From Home