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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...

On The Rocks Review: Bharathanatyam

In the closing days of the On The Rocks festival Bharathanatyam showcased classical Indian dance, brought to the Barron stage by students Sanjana Ramaswamy and Lakshmi Thiagarajan. The show began with a narration giving insight to the history of Bharathanatyam as one of the eight classical dance traditions of India. This was much-appreciated and by fostering an informed audience there...

On the Rocks Review: Secret St Andrews

With students coming from all over the world to study such a wide variety of subjects, there are few things that we all truly share in. However, one institution that brings us all together is the many Facebook pages devoted to anonymous posts from the student body. Never mind the Students’ Association or the Debating Society, these are the...

Review: Captain Marvel

Film editor Milo Farragher-Hanks reviews Marvel's first female-lead film

On the Rocks Review: Around the World of Dance

On The Rocks concluded its fifth day with Shimmy Society’s “Around the World of Dance”, an inclusive showcase of dance and music from around the globe. With ten performances ranging from traditional Highland dance to K-pop, the event brought an immense array of talent to the StAge. Blue Angels kicked off the show with Highland fusion, a modernized take on...

On the Rocks Review: Twelfth Night

Revising Shakespeare for the sake of accessibility is a fraught task to say the least – so lovingly crafted is the Bard’s language, so intimately tied to characterisation and theme, that to change one word could risk sinking an entire scene. And few of his plays risk losing something in translation more than Twelfth Night, which is built upon...

On the Rocks Review: An Education

On the Rocks’ production of An Education was everything one expected from an arts festival: the play was tasteful, cultured and delicately reserved. Perfectly timed comedy and penetrative emotional exploration littered this topical production throughout – all of which made it a pleasure to watch. At times pleasantly avant-garde and at other moments familiar and welcoming, the script flowed...

Spotlight: Albion, the latest DJ to take St Andrews by storm

Everybody knows that one over-achiever who has done more by the time they’re 20 than most people manage to squeeze into a lifetime. Well, Ben Hawken is one of those over-achievers; a 19-year-old philosophy student and a bit of a BNOC, with an affinity for music production and a song on Spotify that has been streamed 500,000 times. His...

Review: The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest can be a tricky play to perform. Oscar Wilde’s satire of the Victorian upper classes is filled with dialogue deliberately meant to sound ridiculous and affected. The production must find a way to ensure the audience still buys into them as real (albeit trivial) characters. My own attempt for a high school drama exam...