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An afternoon with Eden Mill’s Blendworks

Gin. An alcohol that St Andrews has been synonymous with since Eden Mill began distilling their own batches just outside of the town in 2014. What first began as a factory for small batch beer soon became one of the most well known craft gin distilleries in Scotland. I discovered just how complex and versatile the juniper berry flavoured spirit...

A guide to game day snacks

Even if you are not an American football fan, you will always be rooting for the food. A Super Bowl will never be complete without the glorious array of American guilty pleasure food. In my opinion, what makes it so guilty is not its immense levels of sodium and trans-fat, but rather the fact that it is all so...

In cinemas now: Glass and Colette

The cold climes of a Scottish January means a retreat to the cinema is in short order – and, luckily, the cinema is only too happy to oblige with a range of interesting titles. The big release of the moment is Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s conclusion to the surprise trilogy begun in his 2000 contemplative superhero deconstruction Unbreakable and...

Coming to screens near you: top TV for 2019

As we all settle back into semester two and have to acclimatise to the reading, the essays, the stressing about reading and essays, I thought I’d bring you a sample of TV you can indulge and escape in over the course of the year. This is a bit of an eclectic selection but I hope it provides some viewing inspiration...

The Favourite: not your average costume drama

With a title which increasingly describes its Oscars prospects, The Favourite takes us back 300 years and plays out an intense political and romantic triangle in the British royal court between Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz’s Lady Sarah and Emma Stone’s Abigail. Posters for The Favourite all show Olivia Colman resplendent in her ermine robes – the words...

Cinema documentary: an informative season at the Byre theatre

“Documentaries don’t just inform us about the world. They inspire, delight, and immerse us in the world.” This is how we are introduced to Docs @ The Byre, a diverse programme of cinema documentaries being showcased over the coming months. It is a common misconception that documentaries focus solely on educating their audiences; in other words, that they are...

A Valentine’s Day reading list

14th February. For some of us, this is a day of love and for soppy collages with your partner plastered all over social media. For others, there’s more excitement about 15th February when all the chocolate goes on sale. Love it or loathe it, you can’t avoid Cupid’s looming presence; Valentine’s Day is on the way. Books about love...

The Inheritance becomes a multi-award winning play at the 2019 UK Critics Circle

The Inheritance, by Matthew Lopez, has just been named winner of the ‘Best Play’ category at the Critics’ Circle Awards 2019, also claiming Best Director and Best Actor. The play first ran at the Young Vic in March 2018 and has just finished an extended run at the Noël Coward Theatre to wide critical acclaim. The play is a dramatic...

Summer and Smoke at the Duke of York Theatre: Review

After a sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Williams’s rarely performed Summer and Smoke has been transferred to the Duke of York Theatre. Summer and Smoke tracks the tragic love story between Alma Winemiller, the parson’s daughter, and John Buchanan, the doctor’s son, in a small town, in the deep south where they grew up. Alma, literally ‘soul’ in Spanish,...

An interview with the Other Guys

The Saint recently had the opportunity to interview the St Andrews a cappella group The Other Guys. Before the winter break, The Other Guys released a music video for their cover of 'Fairytale of New York', originally released by The Pogues in 1987. Tristan Weller, the group’s musical director, spoke to The Saint about the production of the video,...