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Thursday, 1 March 2018

A Secret Sisterhood – Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney

Despite doing an English Literature degree, the lack of writing on female literary friendships is not something I had given much thought. Of course, the dominance of the male voice in the literary canon was blindingly obvious, but finding books and criticism on their female counterparts was never a struggle.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Hotel on Shadow Lake – Daniela Tully

The transition between two books is always a disconcerting experience, particularly if you pick up a new one the instant you’ve read the final line of the last. Not only are you torn from one fictional world to another, but into an often contrasting narrative voice and style. 


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The B*easts - Bush Theatre

Written and performed by BAFTA-winning Monica Dolan, The B*easts is a one-woman show exploring the sexualisation of the female body, particularly among young girls. The play, which won a Stage Edinburgh Award for its stint at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is running at Bush Theatre until 3rd March.


Thursday, 8 February 2018

5 Theatre Trips to Make in 2018

Although I wrote my annual favourites post, I didn’t take the time at the beginning of the year to look forward. I spend so much time dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future, that I forced myself to breathe only in the present over the Christmas break.

Second to drowning myself in memories and nostalgia, I love to plan. And there’s no better time than the beginning of the year to plan the coming months. Yes, I’m aware it’s already February. So if, like me, you’re a little behind on the whole New Year’s plans, here are five things to see at the theatre in 2018. These are both recommendations of things I’ve already seen, and a couple I can’t wait to experience. 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

For a Black Girl - VAULT Festival

It’s difficult to fathom how there are still so many individuals who believe that racism and sexism don’t exist in the UK. That is until you’re presented with an abundance of characters that bear an uncanny resemblance to individuals you encounter on a frequent basis.

In her hour-long play, For A Black Girl, Nicole Acquah doesn’t just address issues of racism and sexism, from ‘casual’ misogyny to horrific hate crime, but continually scorns those who see this everyday discrimination but refuse to acknowledge its existence.


Monday, 29 January 2018

The Believers Are But Brothers – Bush Theatre

The Believers are but Brothers is a one-man show that tackles the internet, masculinity, and their part in fuelling extremist views. Javaad Alipoor, writer and performer, splits his time between addressing the audience as himself and narrating the stories of three extremist individuals. These may be fictional accounts, but they are rooted in truths from the extensive research that shaped the piece. 

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Interview: Carly McCann - For a Black Girl

“Racism and sexism don’t exist,” a friend says one day. He is adamant. “They can’t do. Especially not in the UK.”

It is this sentiment to which Nicole Acquah's new play, For a Black Girl, responds. Tackling female sexuality, violence and everyday racism, the play fuses spoken word, interviews and movement in order to explore the Black British experience. Ahead of its run at VAULT Festival, I spoke to Carly McCann about this production and her role as movement director.

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