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Stand-up stars at Leeds City Varieties

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Shappi Khorsandi Ten years after her breakthrough performance at the Fringe, Shappi Khorsandi (Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow) is bringing her show ‘Oh My Country! From Morris Dancing to Morrissey’ to Leeds. A homage to her adopted country, expect wry observations on Brexit, the Migrant crisis, run-ins … Read More

Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Is Jane Austen spinning in her grave?

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It seems rather a waste of words to outline the plot of Burr Steers‘ new film Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, simply because this film is really nothing more or less than what it says on the tin: it is Pride and Prejudice with zombies inserted at opportune moments. The … Read More

Review: A Bigger Splash – An aura of things unsaid

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Luca Guadagnino’s new film A Bigger Splash stars Tilda Swinton as Marianne, a rock star recovering from throat surgery. She has retreated, along with her boyfriend Paul (Mattias Schoenaerts), to a Mediterranean island near Tunisia. They reside there in complete peace, isolated from the world, communicating in gestures, necessitated by … Read More

British Short Film Competition

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On Sunday 15th November, I attended a screening of eight films that had been entered into the British Short Film competition. All the films were under 15 minutes and each one surprised and entertained the audience in different ways. The eight films I watched actually only represented half of the … Read More

Review: TG's The Show Must – A farce with an original twist

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Theatre Group’s The Show Must takes the traditional form of farce and gives it an original twist. As the audience entered the theatre, the cast were arranged on stage engaged in vocal exercises. It soon became apparent that this is was a play within a play. Each member of the … Read More

Suffragette: Oscar-bait or fitting homage to incredible women?

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Xa Rodger and Heather Nash discuss the depiction of the women’s rights movement in Sarah Gavron’s latest film… On 4th June 1913 Emily Wilding Davison stepped in front of King George V’s horse at Derby races. She was a militant member of the suffrage movement around which the film is … Read More

‘It’s Not All Sequins And Bikinis’

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Spectator’s Thoughts: Xa Rodger and Emma Thornton give us an insight to their findings when they attended ‘It’s not all sequins and bikinis’ at Leeds City Museum last Wednesday. — The talk given by Emily Marshall at the Leeds City Museum on Wednesday covered a number of interesting aspects related to … Read More

Review – Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: More lukewarm than scorching

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The second instalment of the Maze Runner franchise begins mere minutes after the previous film ended. Thomas (Dylan O’Brian) and his friends are transported by helicopter to a fortified outpost. There, they find themselves in the company of other prisoners of different mazes. The facility is overseen by Janson (the … Read More