Theatre Review: Le Villi

 Le Villi on May 21st at Theatre Royal was the final performance in this season’s ‘Opera in Concert’ series.  Consisting of two parts, the first included three instrumental pieces by Giacomo Puccini accompanied by some information about the music and the author. After the interval, the two-act opera Le Villi was performed as an operatic concert. ‘Opera in Concert’ is perfect for those who already like listening to classical music and opera, but don’t have a background knowledge of composers and eras.

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What Are You Saying? How language influences feelings of empathy

One quiet morning in the coffee shop where I work, I found myself talking to a regular customer. After telling him why I had chosen to study in Glasgow (‘I found out that studying in Scotland is free for EU-citizens, and then I fell in love with the city’), he started airing his views on everything from SNP policies to Brexit to immigration. Quite uncomfortably, those were exactly opposite to my own points of view.

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Human Trafficking in Glasgow

A BBC documentary has uncovered the hidden and lucrative world of human trafficking in Glasgow. Humans For Sale investigated the gangs which sell women and girls from Eastern European countries to men in Glasgow for sham marriages. The men are mostly from Asia, and marry the women in order to be allowed to apply for residency through their EU citizen spouses.

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Art Review: Creation of a Work in a Week

Choreography by James Cousins, Online, 24th – 28th April

The Scottish Ballet’s most recent offering, ‘Creation of a Work in a Week’, pretty much delivers exactly what you would expect from such a title. Showcased as part of the Scottish Ballet’s inaugural digital season ‘Under the Skin’, this latest project follows award-winning choreographer James Cousins and twelve dancers as they create a completely new five-minute piece in a week, with the final product to be revealed directly on Facebook. But that’s not all: from the 24th to 28th of April, the process was streamed live in half-hour daily segments, an innovative practice that undoubtedly exposed the painstaking nature of crafting creative work.

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Recipe: Amy’s Mac and Cheese (Vegan/Gluten Free)

Macaroni cheese is food of the gods: trust me on this one. Its warm gooeyness can cure all ills: again, trust me. Your date bailed; you didn’t get the grade you wanted in an essay; you’ve realised that life is temporary and nothing is real – warm macaroni in an oozing cheese sauce will sort you right out. I promise.

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