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Wealth of Talent on Show at St Andrews Film Festival

As the semester drags on and exam season sets in, St Andrews can start to feel increasingly claustrophobic. The St Andrews Film Festival was the perfect antidote to this. Taking place on Sunday, the event lasted all day and comprised an impressive 45 short films by young filmmakers from St Andrews and beyond, a talk from industry professionals and...

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: A Review

Whilst some things are “certainly a flop” Mermaids 'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' was not one of them. As someone who has been at various universities over the past four years, I’ve seen my fair share of student theatre. Naively, I thought I knew what to expect. I thought I knew the recipe for student theatre; enjoyable but nothing...

Mark Drama: A Review

It is very rare that a critic is short or even lost for words. Typically, there are faults and flaws to dissect and assess, or, perhaps more infrequently, for this reviewer at least, praise and adulation to award. However, every once in a while, one finds themselves in the unfortunate position of being unable to properly address and communicate...

The TV of St Andrews: What students are watching

In a golden age of TV some series bathe in the glow of public and critical adoration, while others of equal quality lay in their shadow. I asked some students to share their favourite underrated shows, hopefully these will provide some inspiration for revision procrastination over the coming weeks. But first, how is it that these shows go unnoticed? And...

A guide to playing Pokemon Go in St Andrews

Most people remember Pokémon Go for the second-half of summer 2016, when it launched in early July and it seemed as if everyone and their mother was out in the park enjoying the sunshine and catching Magikarps or Pidgeys. As such, many would assume that as they stopped playing Pokémon Go after that fateful summer, so did the rest...

Reading for Pleasure During Exam Season? Novella’s for the Busy Student

Exam season: The two dreaded words that seem to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. It can be frustrating to be told to ‘take a productive break’ from studying, because let’s face it, no one really knows what that means. Maybe it’s watching an episode (or ten) of your favourite TV show. Maybe it’s listening to loud music....

Spotlight: Wax Collective

I hate to use the ‘living under a rock’ cliché but... well, if you’re a St Andrews student and haven’t heard of Wax Collective, I don’t how else to put it. These guys have taken over. Their events dominate the alternative music scene of St Andrews, and the social scene; they have cultivated a community whose strength could rival...

Byre Theatre: A summer season worth sticking around for

Despite the fact that this academic year’s theatre season is drawing to a close, it is clear from the Byre’s May-to-September catalogue that theatre is still well and truly alive over the summer. Indeed, regardless of the dwindling of students from May onwards, the Byre will continue to produce shows of great significance and theatricality and, therefore, it seems...

Review: The Crucible

If I were a director (which I most certainly am not), The Crucible would strike me as an especially daunting task, not just for its weighty four-act structure and cast of over twenty characters. Arthur Miller’s exploration of paranoia and mob mentality is a relentless and often uncomfortable play. The audience is forced to watch as the seventeenth-century community...

The BlackHorn Refugee Project: How One Meal Can Make an Impact on a Refugee’s Life

I recently got the opportunity to sit down with Libby Edwards and Stanley Parker, the two dedicated students who brought us The BlackHorn Refugee Project. Through collaborating with the student beloved restaurant, this organization raises money for the charity, Refugee Survival Trust. This Glasgow based charity is dedicated to alleviating the destitution experienced by asylum seekers in Scotland. Given...