Review: Jack Dean and Company’s Hero and Leander

As live theatre beings to re-emerge, slowly and uncertainly, from the state of non-existence forced upon it by the pandemic, it is the fate of smaller companies and venues that are causing the industry so much concern. The long-running, prestigious West End shows seem to be finding their feet once more, but there is still a sense of uncertainty regarding the future of smaller theatre productions, which remain fundamental to the professional development of many talented performers. However, this is why it was so refreshing to sit in the intimate ‘Secret Garden’ of the Exeter Phoenix and watch Jack Dean & Company – a young organisation founded in 2020 – present their take on the tragic Greek myth of Hero & Leander. Continue reading Review: Jack Dean and Company’s Hero and Leander

Review: Headspace Guide to Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important factors in living a healthy life. According to the NHS website, loss of sleep doesn’t just make you tired; it can affect your immunity, mental health and even your fertility. When Headspace announced their new Netflix series on sleep, I was excited to try it – and with exam stress rapidly approaching, improving my sleep was one thing I thought I could do to ease the pressure. Continue reading Review: Headspace Guide to Sleep

Review: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has done it again. By ‘it’, I mean managed to record a THIRD lockdown album. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) hit streaming platforms at midnight on Friday 9 April, and I’ve spent the last couple of weeks transported back to my tween years as a deeply committed Taylor Swift stan. Continue reading Review: Fearless (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift

Review: how i’m feeling now by Charli XCX

Charli XCX announced that she was working on her fourth album via a zoom call with fans on April 6th, giving herself the close deadline of May 15th. At a few points in the month it felt as though meeting this deadline would be a close call, but once again, Charli has lived up to the hype and released an 11-track record reflecting on life in quarantine in California. Before I press play, I think we need to acknowledge that this was written, produced, and released in the space of 39 days. OF COURSE, it would be Charli to set herself this challenge while living through a pandemic. With her third full album release being only 8 months ago, I think this album proves that she deserves all the credit she gets for being one of the most innovative, hardworking people in music at the moment. Continue reading Review: how i’m feeling now by Charli XCX

Living for Killing Eve: Ep. 2 – Management Sucks

The second instalment of the third season sees many fan-favourites reunite in a tense and gripping episode. Written by Anna Jordan, it opens on a grim scene, in which Eve, Carolyn and Konstantin all attend Kenny’s funeral. Carolyn’s daughter (Gemma Wheelan) also appears, inisisting that her mother take time to process her loss, much to Carolyn’s chagrin. Eve takes a dislike to one of Kenny’s ex-colleagues, and, while drunk, shouts at Carolyn before leaving early. Oh’s portrayal of Eve’s downward spiral and the loss of control she has over her life, having now lost her closest remaining friend, is heartbreaking, complimented by Fiona Shaw’s flawless performance as the grieving Carolyn. She is far less stoic than usual, but maintains some of her eccentricities. Continue reading Living for Killing Eve: Ep. 2 – Management Sucks

Reading Corner: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy

My sister and I gave The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse to our mum for Christmas – a wise present it turns out, seeing as I’ve now read it more times than she has. Looking at it again this past week has been a comforting escape. The book is formed from a collection of beautifully expressive ink illustrations with handwritten words, stitched together by a gently anchoring narrative. We follow four friends: an inquisitive boy who asks questions about the world and ponders his relationships with the others; a mole full of reassuring words, whose thoughts are also largely occupied by cake (which makes for some of my favourite moments); a fox who is reserved and quiet because of their past, yet loved by the others no matter what; and a wise horse who reveals an ability to fly. The story’s subtle linearity stitches the order of the pages together, but you don’t need to read it cover to cover. Each page is an isolated piece of art and storytelling in its own right, so dip in and dip out; you’ll never be lost in the story. Continue reading Reading Corner: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy