Dir. Kirsty Mcadam and Tom White, Qudos QMU, 11th Oct 2015
Kirsty McAdam and Tom White’s adaptation of The Jungle Book begins by introducing us to the infant Mowgli (James Bearsworth) wrapped in blankets. He is placed in the protective care of his new wolf father, Akela (Alex Davies). Two lovable characters we are all familiar withBaloo (Elliot Thompson) and Bagheera (Georgina Welsh) are also protectors of the wolf-boy: Thompson and Welsh create a fun and heartfelt bond as they both come together for their love of little Mowgli and reminds us of the importance of family.
A few weeks ago the QMU was graced with the presence of the young Irish band The Strypes. The old-school, bluesy quartet recently released their second album, Little Victories. It proved a powerful comeback after the success of Snapshot, defying the all-too-common trend of bands recording a second LP too quickly and falling short of fans’ expectations.
You don’t have to go far to find independent cinema in Glasgow. The QMU’s own film festival, Exposure, takes over Qudos for over 5 hours of quality shorts tomorrow, selected from over 1900 entrants. Many of these films have been submitted by students from around the UK, and it is hoped that Exposure could be the first step to success for budding young film makers.
On Friday, QMU welcomed GLASS (Glasgow Stand-up and Sketch) society to the stage with open arms. The group regularly organise stand-up comedy shows with all-student performers taking to the stage and all levels of experience are welcome. Even on the Friday of Freshers’ Week, when everyone is stuck in bed nursing their hangovers/freshers’ flue/all of the above, their showcase was packed out. The three hours of comedy and sketch kicked off in Jim’s Bar, with host, Robert McGovern, providing many amusing segues into the next acts and getting the audience to interact and get involved in the peroformance.
For those of you who are new to the union you may have noticed a lot of posters promoting the fact that we at the QMU sell tampons and sanitary products tax free. Here’s the low-down of how the QMU became one of the first establishments in Scotland to offer tampons and other sanitary products tax free.
Lauren Hinton was president of the Queen Margaret Union from July 2014 to June 2015. Now that her term has come to an end, we caught up with her for a few final questions.
So you’ve just come to the end of your term as president. How have you found the experience?
I have had an absolute blast. I have been so lucky to work with some absolutely amazing people and see how their involvement in the QMU has increased their confidence. I have learnt so much both in terms of handy transferable skills, and myself as a person. Plucking up the courage to run in the election has been the best decision I have ever made.
Glasgow University is widely acknowledged as a prestigious institution, with many awards and accolades to its name. But recently another title was added to this long list – fourth most boozy university in the UK, and booziest in Scotland.