Confessions of a Self-Funder

Confessions of a Self-Funder

When I tell new acquaintances that I’m studying for a master’s degree, I’m often met with words of praise and congratulations. I thought I didn’t have much of an ego, but this situation has taught me otherwise. Their faces fall however, when I go on to inform them that I’m completely self-funded. The positive comments turn into: “Oh, that’s brave.” and genuine concern. How am I coping? What am I doing? I’m clearly not a trust fund kid, so how am I doing it? The ego boost turns into a…

An Archangel

An Archangel

Premiering at The Archivist, near Hoxton, north London, on November 11th, An Archangel is the striking new play by first-time playwright Jack Clark. Clark takes on the only embodied role in the play, that of tortured architect Isaac Haines, who is struggling to finish his latest project, ConsistenCity, before a looming deadline overwhelms him. The writer/performer contrasts physical theatre and often evocative interpretive choreography with an effective, if slightly angular monologue to build the character of Isaac and the oppressive environment he is desperate to puncture. Not without shortcomings, An…

Bianco – Southbank Centre

Bianco – Southbank Centre

Runs until 22nd January 2017 The circus has – courtesy of American Horror Story – recently become synonymous with scary clowns and freak shows. Thankfully there was not a clown in sight at NoFit State Circus’ Bianco, although this certainly doesn’t mean there was an absence of humour. This highly immersive show found the perfect balance between slapstick humour and haunting performances, creating an experience which is equal parts funny and moving. With everything from trapeze to tightrope, the show took every expectation I had and utterly smashed them. “[Bianco] repeatedly takes…

A British Liberal’s Attempt at Understanding Populism

A British Liberal’s Attempt at Understanding Populism

By Julius L. Geertz  Americans who voted Trump did not believe the rhetoric – apparently. Since the election, British commentators and politicians of various ideological hues have argued that these individuals actually voted in a rational, yet undeniably angry, manner in their own economic interest. Ohioans and Pennsylvanians, in mourning for the collapse of heavy industry and manufacturing, were just choosing the candidate they thought would rescue their rust belt economy. That would be an achievement not seen since Jesus gate-crashed Lazarus’ wake. They are not bad people, just desperate….

The Tempest – RSC

The Tempest – RSC

Runs until 21st January in Stratford-upon-Avon Barbican Run 30th June – 18th August 2017 In cinemas from 11th January 2017 Among the productions designated the role of RSC family-friendly Christmas show, The Tempest must be one of the odder choices. In the past, the company have trodden safer ground, with shows like the smash hit Wendy and Peter and Downton Abbey cash-in, Much Ado About Nothing. However, this play, reputed to be Shakespeare’s last sole-authored work, is a far more complex and difficult beast than its two predecessors. The Tempest has…

An Interview: Paislie Reid

An Interview: Paislie Reid

So, you’re doing The Seven Acts of Mercy, can you give me a brief synopsis? Oh god, I have to get better at this, because my friends keep asking me and I’m like ‘it’s a thing!’… Okay, so basically there’s two worlds: there’s the world of Caravaggio when he’s making the Seven Acts of Mercy, then there’s the world of Bootle, and Leon, and his grandson Mickey. And, what it is, is basically there’s a real mirror between the two characters so Mickey is trying to do the seven acts…

Are organic foods all that they claim to be?

Are organic foods all that they claim to be?

by Michael Cardenas Organic foods have been around forever (literally, forever), but they’ve recently become the centre of a massive health craze. In fact, sales of organic produce in the UK have increased by 5% from last year, whilst sales of non-organic have dropped by 1% – demonstrating that the increase in organic can’t be put down simply to a rise in population size. Currently, the organic market is worth just shy of £2,000,000,000 in the UK, across all products. However, to keep it (relatively) simple, this article will focus solely…

The Cost of fabric

The Cost of fabric

Rejoice! All of culture has been saved! For a while it seemed as though we were all doomed, culture was dead and all of London was a sterilised cesspit of soullessness, but thanks to an out of court settlement between Islington Council and the nightclub fabric, it seems as though we really did do it! We saved fabric and thus culture itself! Besides a few (32) alterations listed in the (155 page) settlement agreement that outline a procedure that will undoubtedly remove all drugs from clubs, fabric will once again…

Dance Gavin Dance – Camden Underworld – 16th November 2016

Dance Gavin Dance – Camden Underworld – 16th November 2016

It was a night that was, for me, around 8 years in the making. On seeing the announcement that Dance Gavin Dance were back in the UK for the first time in 5 years for a 10 year anniversary, bringing along past vocalists Jonny Craig and Kurt Travis for the ride, it was a chance I pounced on without a second’s hesitation. I was straight on the phone to the inimitable Cadgers Icily. This was it – a teenage dream. We would see DGD in all of their weird glory…

The Return to the Motherland

The Return to the Motherland

Ah, Russia. A county so beautiful and mysterious. Very misunderstood but completely crazy. I absolutely adore it. Of course, I may be biased. Having grown up and lived there for over 10 years I now have the best of both worlds whenever I visit it because I am both an insider yet also an outsider. One must understand, it is not one massive country full of wolves, bears and snow as I have so many people asking me. There are cities, there are people and there is a completely different…