Category : Arts

Talk More: Tagging Walls Not Facebook Pictures

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Arts writer, Oliver Staton, discusses the binary of technology and graffiti around Leeds. You would be hard pressed to find a technologically adept young person who isn’t aware of the startling mental dangers of being an active user of social media and smartphones. Claims like this already smack of cliché, … Read More

LUU Music Theatre Society’s ‘RENT’ Brings A Classic To Life

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RENT is one of my favourite musicals, so when I found out the Music Theatre Society was performing it I was excited to see their take. For those unfamiliar with the Broadway hit, RENT tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists living in New York City in … Read More

The Oscars 2018: Snubs and Surprises

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As an intensely involved American film fan, it’s easy to say that the Oscars is in many ways the most anticipated awards event of the year. However, in a time where quality films come in droves, it’s hard to watch the Oscars and not feel a sense of lacking. More … Read More

Hollywood’s Binary Sexuality Problem

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In an industry where LGBTQ+ characters have historically been treated as tropes, plot devices and stereotypes, it seems as though an effort has been made to change the way LGBTQ+ characters are presented on our screens. In recent years particularly, with television programmes such as Orange is the New Black … Read More

Tania Bruguera: Confronting, Not Conforming

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Despite the art world’s reputation as fearless provocateur, the threat of censorship always looms. MoMA’s decision to buy and display Tania Bruguera’s once banned, politically charged performance is a testimony to the awareness that art is an agent for confronting and not conforming.  It has been almost two decades since … Read More

Can ‘The Damned United’ Unite for a Successful Show?

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“Take all your medals, all your caps, all your pots and all your pans and stick them in the biggest dustbin you can find.” That’s the first act legendary football manager, Brian Clough, asks of his recently-inherited Leeds United squad upon his appointment in Red Ladder Theatre Company’s upcoming tour … Read More

A Pop Culture Icon: Wes Anderson

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Wes Anderson has one of the most distinctive and recognisable directing-producing styles in the film industry. What began as low-budget indie films have now cemented Anderson in pop culture history forever. Wes is known for his use of eye-catching colour and patterns, tracking shots, slow-motion walking, his love of symmetry … Read More

Into Chains: Sliding Doors Theatre’s Promising Debut

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Every year we see the emergence of new, student-led theatre companies hoping to make a name for themselves in the area and potentially beyond. This time it was the turn of Sliding Doors Theatre with its presentation of the innovative Into Chains. Written by the company’s founder, Rowen Hughes, and … Read More

“The Master-Mistress of my Passion: Shakespeare’s Work Through an LGBTQ+ Lens

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Anaya Sriram examines to what extent Shakespeare represents LGBTQ+ characters within his plays. If you ask anyone to name an iconic straight love story, the first one that springs to mind is usually Romeo and Juliet. Last week saw Valentines’ Day and as a result the same, overused quotes on … Read More

We’ve still got Jafar to go: The queer-coding of Disney’s villains

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Arts writer, Lecia Weatherby-Blythe, discusses the prominent problems of queer-coding in Disney. Everyone has probably experienced Queer-coding in the media without even realising they have; it has played a prominent role in some of our favourite films that depict iconic and memorable villains. By definition, the term Queer-coding describes a … Read More