Tag : Rachel Groocock

Has Game of Thrones gone too far in its portrayal of sexual violence against women?

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Surely I can’t have been the only one who saw this coming? We’ve known for a few episodes now that in order to get her revenge on the Boltons, Sansa was going to have to marry Ramsay. We knew that, unlike Tyrion, Ramsay wasn’t about to let her get away … Read More

Poldark: As Many Love Triangles as there are Tricorne Hats

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Most of us at Leeds probably won’t have encountered the BBC’s original 1975 adaptation of Poldark. Based on a series of twelve novels by Winston Graham, the original show was a hit back in its day, as well as making small-screen stars out of its two leads, Robin Ellis and Angharad … Read More

A feminist fairy tale – Interview with ‘Mermaid’ director Polly Teale

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Of all the best-known European fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is arguably the most problematic. The story of a young mermaid who leaves behind everything she has ever known, changes her appearance, endures great physical pain and relinquishes her ability to speak, all in pursuit of a … Read More

Open Theatre’s Metamorphosis

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Open Theatre Society made the most of the title and central theme of their latest production. Metamorphosis is a play by Steven Berkoff based on the novella of the same name by Franz Kafka. It tells the story of salesman Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to discover he has … Read More

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Review

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Fifty Shades of Grey was always going to be better as a film for the simple reason that the story is told in pictures rather than with words. Specifically, E.L. James’ words, which purport that ‘Holy cow!’ is an appropriately sensual response to seeing the naked body of the man … Read More

Behind the Veil: Sam Taylor- Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey

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The notorious bonk buster’s troublesome take on BDSM has got audiences debating the boundary between kink and domestic violence, but the real bondage is all on the director. When it was announced that artist–turned–director Sam Taylor–Johnson had been hired to direct the much- publicised Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation, … Read More

A Study of Modern Japanese Sculpture

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This small collection, currently housed in a single exhibition room at the Henry Moore, poses several questions about the nature of sculpture. What is the difference, these works ask,  between a sculpture made to be looked at and an object made for touching? What relationship is there between the material … Read More

Irving Berlin musical ‘White Christmas’ hits all the right notes

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Image: West Yorkshire Playhouse   The West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of jukebox musical White Christmas, featuring the songs of Irving Berlin, has extended its run due to popular demand, proving that tried and tested formulas are still around for a reason. Even for those unfamiliar with the 1954 film on … Read More

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is Jennifer Lawrence’s continuing victory

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The three films of the lucrative Hunger Games franchise can be understood through colour. If the original Hunger Games was the earthy browns of a woodland arena, Gary Ross’ raw indie sensibility direction and Jennifer Lawrence’s dye-job, and it’s slicker, shinier sequel Catching Fire was bathed in cool blues to … Read More

We talk to Oliver Thompsett about ‘jukebox musicals’ ahead of his new show White Christmas

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The first time I saw Oliver Tompsett he was in a wheelbarrow. Wearing a red waistcoat and a pair of the West End’s tightest trousers, his swaggering entrance as Fiyero in hit Wizard of Oz prequel Wicked was that of an actor performing the part he was seemingly born to … Read More