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A review of Carphanaum, Nadine Labeki’s eye opening documentary

Carphanaüm is the story of a boy named Zain who attempts to sue his parents for giving him life. It rests on a very powerful, albeit impossible postulate, which leaves you with a lump in your throat. However, this fable develops into a disturbingly realist tale portraying the lives of millions of abused children around the world. In a...

A tribute to the life and work of Karl Lagerfeld

I knew of Karl Lagerfeld long before I thought of him as a source of creative inspiration. Everyone knows his name, associating it with the House of Chanel, or the Fendi brand, or indeed his own eponymous brand with that idiosyncratic, monochrome silhouette plastered all over the garments in a way that, if anyone else did it, would seem...

‘The Greenhouse’: Changing The Relationship Between Theatre And Sustainability At The Edinburgh Fringe

“There is no more powerful tool in the world to spread an idea than performance.” This is how BoxedIn Theatre’s artistic director, Oli Savage, introduces his motivation behind the company’s next project. ‘The Greenhouse’ is a shiny new venue at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, focusing on sustainability and the environment. Everything from the rehearsal process to the marketing campaign...

Current St Andrews fashion trends

I think I can say that St Andrews has a student body that stays rather up to date on current fashion trends. Walk down Market Street and you'll see what I’m talking about. Even during the winter season, students’ outerwear tended to be sleek and fashionable, while still protecting one from the wind, rain, and occasional hail. From hats...

Punk meets Politics and it’s popping: A review of SWMRS new album Berkley’s on Fire

The twitter hype over the week of BOF generated a hysteria, seeing fans putting up posters asking people to download and stream Berkley’s on Fire when it dropped on 15th February. Forget Valentine’s Day, February 14th was BOF Eve! I for one felt the same way I did on Christmas Eve as a child; excited, unable to sleep...

The 2019 Oscars: A preview

On 22 January the Oscar nominations for 2019 were announced. The event, which takes place on Sunday 24 February will be without a host after Kevin Hart stood down from the role following backlash against homophobic tweets that he had written in 2009 and 2010. This in itself reflects the slight oddness of the Oscar nominations this year, given...

Sacred Games: A Netflix Recommendation

Online streaming behemoth Netflix has been firing out new television series with such quick succession that it is impossible to keep up. Feeling the 'fomo', of being behind on their latest tantalising offerings, I decided to hop off the new releases conveyor belt, and investigate some of series on Netflix that have evaded the aggressive levels of hype that...

The 39 Steps wows with sell-out performance

On 12 and 13 February, Mermaids brought The 39 Steps to the Byre Theatre, humbly presented on the programme as “Polsue and Hope’s production of Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s subtle tweaking of John Buchan’s shocker.” The programme also informed me that I had been beaten to the review, with quotations from critics such as I. M. Parshall...

Dim Sum Restaurant Opens in Dundee: Why This is a Big Deal

Just a short walk away from the bus station you can find Manchurian, Dundee’s first ever dim sum restaurant. Dim Sum is a style of Chinese cuisine similar to the layout of Spanish tapas, where small dishes are served to share. Usually dim sum is accompanied by hot tea, and it is usually served as a morning to mid-afternoon...

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...