Sunday, 14 September 2014

Making the Most of Uni

As this year’s round of freshers (including my younger brother, which is terrifying) are about to head to university and start the next stage of their life, and I am preparing myself to go into my final year (even more terrifying) , I thought I’d do a post on how to make the most of university life.

I can’t believe that this time three years ago my eighteen-year-old self was getting ready to leave home and live alone for the first time – time has gone insanely quickly.

My little room in first year!

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Review: A Streetcar Named Desire

Since first studying A Streetcar Named Desire at A level and subsequently having seen two of his plays since, Tennessee Williams has become a playwright on my theatrical radar whose plays I will endeavour to see whenever possible. As a result of this and my decision to base my final year dissertation on Williams' plays, the chance to see a production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the elusive Young Vic was not one I was going to pass up without a fight (in fact I spent six hours battling with the overpopulated ticket site before I was finally successful).

Having seen a faultless production of The Glass Menagerie at the Young Vic a few years earlier my expectations were high, and the consistently positive reviews that were appearing from the press increased this anticipation. I was wary, however, of the modernisation of this production, as such risks can often leave fans and admirers of the literature a little disappointed. 

The image of Blanche entering the stage in stilettos and a beige trench coat, whilst sporting a designer-esque wheely suitcase and oversized sunglasses is a tricky one to adjust to, and at first I couldn't shake the idea of a footballer's wife, but once first impressions are pushed aside, Blanche's transition from 1940s southern belle to modern-day fallen aristocrat is an innovative and well thought-out move.

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