Tag : Stephanie Bennett

Treat Your Shelf: The Secret History – Donna Tartt

10 months ago / 0 comments

It is a truth universally and notoriously acknowledged that, as students, we suffer from crippling debt which threatens to impede upon pursuits of enjoyment. However, The Secret History by Donna Tartt is definitely one of those moments where you reconsider your bank statement’s horrific prognosis and decide to treat yourself. … Read More

Geostorm Isn’t Full of Awe; It’s Awful

11 months ago / 0 comments

Geostorm could have been mindless fun, but it fails to reach even those standards. With Gerard Butler at the helm of this fantasy science fiction, it was set to be just as exciting and impassioned as previous Butler-starring films, such as 300. Any predictions, however, would have been hopelessly dashed … Read More

Set to turn many heads: Ian McKellen to voice the demon in ‘The Exorcist’

11 months ago / 0 comments

From the intimate and sophisticated stage of Shakespeare’s King Lear at Chichester Festival, Ian McKellen truly proves that age is inconsequential when paired with sheer artistic talent. This month, McKellen will play the voice of the demon in a West End production of The Exorcist. Based on William Peter Blatty’s … Read More

In The Middle with Finuala Deazy

12 months ago / 0 comments

“Most English Literature students tend to be enamoured with the written word!” jokes Finuala Deazy, after I asked when it was that she realised she wanted to write. Speaking to the recent winner of the Alison Morland poetry competition was a genuine pleasure, as she revealed her methods and inspirations … Read More

England Is Mine Review

1 year ago / 0 comments

Stephanie Bennett gives us the rundown on the controversial biopic every indie fan will want to see. The recently-released biopic about the teenage life of Morrissey in the 1970s manages to capture not only his pretentious dramatism but somehow succeeds in making it charming. Despite this, the film has drawn … Read More

Leeds Art Gallery: Is lack of funding becoming a prominent problem?

1 year ago / 0 comments

The Leeds Art Gallery has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign in the hopes of raising £17,000 in thirty days so that artist Lothar Götz can create a contemporary, abstract painting as Leeds City Gallery reopens in October. The Art Fund’s Art Happens Initiative will hopefully fund the ‘immersive and site-specific … Read More

Review: The Lost City of Z

1 year ago / 0 comments

Director James Gray’s adaptation of the true story of Col. Percival Fawcett’s obsessive exploration of the Amazon in the 1920s to discover the lost civilisation of ‘Z’ is somewhat muted and detached. Almost anti-climactic in its slow perusal of the dangers of the jungle, the film isn’t striking nor particularly … Read More

Can the Guardian recover from the loss of Lyn Gardner?

1 year ago / 0 comments

Renowned journalist and theatre critic Lyn Gardner has recently had her contract with the Guardian slashed on the account of monetary cuts. While she will continue to write reviews and features for the Guardian, her consistent blogs will no longer be published despite their exploration of and relevance to today’s … Read More

‘Gender-blind’ Shakespeare: androgynous roles

2 years ago / 0 comments

After a recent production of Twelfth Night where the notorious comical role of Malvolio was portrayed by actress Tamsin Grieg, some critics have bemoaned the loss of traditional masculinity in theatre. Why? It is understandable to recollect previous productions with a sense of wistful nostalgia, but this shouldn’t corrupt the … Read More

NT Live screenings: are they a good thing?

2 years ago / 0 comments

Lauded by some for increasing accessibility, but lambasted by others for ruining the true live experience, National Theatre Live is a major talking point in British theatre. Our writers Aiden Wynn and Stephanie Bennett go head to head to see if the lives up to the hype… Performances by highly … Read More