Tag : Stephanie Bennett

Is Traditional British Theatre Deteriorating?

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British theatre is becoming ever more experimental and groundbreaking, but does this mean we‘re losing touch with our theatrical roots? Stephanie Bennett investigates… A crucial question has arrived at the forefront of the theatrical sphere: is traditional British theatre crumbling in the face of modern technique? After substantial criticism from … Read More

Leeds University DARE Art Prize shortlist announced

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Opera North and The University of Leeds’ Cultural Institute have recently revealed the shortlist for the DARE Art Prize. The annual £15,000 award is in celebration of the tenth year anniversary of the partnership between Opera North and the University and challenges both scientists and artists to collaborate on innovative … Read More

Review: Live By Night – dry as the Prohibition era it depicts

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Ben Affleck’s adaptation of the American novelist Dennis Lehane’s work Live by Night is limp at best, mind-numbing and tedious at worst. Affleck has previously proved himself capable by tailoring Lehane’s novels to the screen, directing the film Gone Baby Gone in 2007. This time, however, Affleck has shot bullet … Read More

Review: Moana – a refreshing new princess

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Disney’s most recent masterpiece Moana is a brilliant CGI-animated adventure that successfully pays homage to Polynesian culture through its meticulous characterisation and mythological undercurrent. Chosen by the Ocean, strong-willed Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) leaves the safety of her island to find the once legendary demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson) and restore peace … Read More

8 films to watch this christmas

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The Christmas season is finally upon us, but if you’re not quite ready to dive into the festive spirit, here are a few films to watch around Christmas that aren’t too concerned with the holiday. Although, in case you have already festooned your house and are impatient for the 25th, … Read More

Breaking Out of London: Why regional theatre matters

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As government cuts to the arts continue to plague communities up and down the country, In The Middle discusses the importance of regional theatre… Regional theatre is often underestimated and misjudged as being an impractical drain on resources and funding, especially when nothing can apparently compare to London’s main stage. … Read More

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – pure magic

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In all honesty, the recent adaptation of JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is, if you’ll pardon the pun, pure magic. Eddie Redmayne breathes life into his bumbling and bashful character Newt Scamander, exploring 1920s New York in search of some of his misplaced creatures. His co-stars … Read More

Carrie: 40 years on

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It’s been 40 years since the 1976 version of Stephen King’s Carrie. In The Middle considers how the representation of this cult figure has changed since the film originally showed. The original version of Carrie (1976), directed by Brian De Palma, features a predominantly blond cast and a Carrie White who is … Read More

The Globe: Theatre or Museum?

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After the news that The Globe ousted their artistic director Emma Rice broke last month, In The Middle takes a moment to consider the implications on the arts… To be or not to be? Apparently not to be, according to the Globe’s board, who have recently decided to spurn Emma … Read More

‘Inferno’ Review – In Its Own Purgatory

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With a supposed star-studded cast of Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones and Irrfan Khan, you’d perhaps expect Ron Howard’s third instalment of the Da Vinci Code trilogy to be somewhat interesting. In reality, the most exciting part of the film was leaving when it had finished. Dan Brown’s novels, contrived, monotonous … Read More