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Performance Review: Exeter Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar

Sweeping me in from cobbled streets in an area of Exeter that I’d never set foot before, The Hall was the perfect venue in which to be hurtled along with the tide of political thrill and plotting. Exeter Shakespeare Company’s performance of Julius Caesar hit the mark in making this timeless play relevant and new. Julius Caesar is a Shakespearean classic: conspiracy, drama, and of … Continue reading Performance Review: Exeter Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar

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Review: Conversations with Friends (2022)

** contains mild spoilers for the series ** Sally Rooney’s 2017 debut Conversations with Friends is a book I read a couple of years ago and loved – and when I reread it before watching the recent adaptation, I loved it even more.  The 12-part BBC Three and Hulu series tells the story of university students, best friends and ex-lovers Frances and Bobbi, who become involved with … Continue reading Review: Conversations with Friends (2022)

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Reading Corner: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

Dreamsnake: an under-appreciated novel for the ages and quite possibly my new favourite book. As far as I’m concerned, its main flaw is the lack of a sequel. Set far in the future, the events of Dreamsnake occur long after a nuclear war has decimated most of the world. The story is told from the perspective of Snake, a woman who uses modified serpents to heal … Continue reading Reading Corner: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

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Review: The Northman (2022)

*Warning: minor spoilers ahead* With throats ripped out, noses chopped off, and penises slapped around, The Northman is a wild ride from start to finish. The plot focuses on Prince Amleth (played by Alexander Skarsgård) and his mission to avenge his father’s death and save his mother from his uncle’s clutches. An action-packed viking epic; it was so gory I found it difficult to watch at times. Although I … Continue reading Review: The Northman (2022)

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Review: Heartstopper (Season 1; 2022)

In among the swathes of theatrical dramas and factual documentaries, what Netflix show should you stream if you’re hoping for something new and appealing that maybe skews a bit younger? The answer is plastered all over your Top 10 recommendations and your Twitter timeline: Heartstopper. If you know, you know – and if you don’t, you’re about to discover why Netflix’s warm and fuzzy show … Continue reading Review: Heartstopper (Season 1; 2022)

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Performance Review: Dr John Cooper Clarke @ Exeter Corn Exchange

Legend of punk poetry, Dr. John Cooper Clarke, stuns Exeter Corn Exchange with an absurd tirade of one-man showmanship. From the open-mics of his native Salford and the iconic haze of the Old Grey Whistle Test to the pop-disorder of 8 Out of 10 Cats and the closing verses of the Arctic Monkeys’ platinum-selling, ‘AM’, the acerbic punk-poetry of Dr. John Cooper Clarke has met … Continue reading Performance Review: Dr John Cooper Clarke @ Exeter Corn Exchange

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Album Review: Skinty Fia by Fontaines DC

The Irish quintet are no longer the underdogs who were crying about being ‘Boys in the Better Land’. Despite the musical stardom that has come since Irishness gladly remains at the beating heart of their illustrious discography. The rich and heartfelt lyrics of Grian Chatten combined with catchy bass lines has resulted in their best work yet and proves that their fame is well deserved. … Continue reading Album Review: Skinty Fia by Fontaines DC

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Review: The Weekend Away (2022)

*trigger warnings for abuse, emotional distress, death, cheating etc.* *contains spoilers* What if you went on holiday with your best friend for a weekend and during that time, everything changed? That is exactly what happens in the movie The Weekend Away, inspired by the book by Sarah Alderson.  When Beth, played by Leighton Meester, goes on holiday to Croatia with her best friend Kate, they … Continue reading Review: The Weekend Away (2022)

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Why is Everyone So Obsessed with Wordle?

Surely, you’ve heard of Wordle, the word-guessing game which has “well and truly cemented itself as a part of 2022’s pop culture”. However, if you’ve been living under a rock and still have no idea what Wordle is, let alone why everyone is obsessed with it, allow me to explain. As I’ve mentioned, Wordle is a word-guessing game: you have six goes to guess a … Continue reading Why is Everyone So Obsessed with Wordle?

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Reading Corner: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

It has been a while since a book swallowed me up whole. House of Hollow did just that, opening wide into a dark, sweetly perfumed world of rot, decay, and sharp beauty. Krystal Sutherland’s novel tells the story of three sisters, each angular and devastatingly enchanting, with crescent silver scars stitched into their necks, black eyes, and strange white hair. However, they weren’t always that … Continue reading Reading Corner: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland