Arts Review: Hay Fever

Dir, Noël Coward, Citizens Theatre, 5th-22nd April

The best word I can find to describe Hay Fever, directed by Noël Coward, is ‘good’. It contains all of the necessary parts to make for an incredibly production, it ticks all of the necessary boxes, but put together it lacks something essential to pull it all together. Thus some scenes are brilliant and have the theatre echoeing with laughter, whilst other scenes seem to fall flat.

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Arts Review: Expensive Shit

Dir, Adura Onashile, Tron Theatre, 30th March – 1st April

I walk into the auditorium not sure what to expect. A toilet attendant? Two clubs in different continents? Dreams of dancing? I am not sure this is going to work. Yet what I encountered is an intelligent, thought-provoking and sensitive performance. Somehow, it manages to connect two seemingly separate worlds by focusing on the universality of themes like dreams, power and the rights of women’s bodies.

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No (Apologies For) Homo(sexuals)

UK government hypocrisy on LGBT rights

Recently, the government has issued pardons for gay men persecuted on the grounds of their homosexuality in Britain. Whilst it is clearly too little too late, the pardons nonetheless represent a milestone, as the government admits its past wrongdoings. Nonetheless, they have been met with extensive criticism regarding both the implications of the word ‘pardon’ and the hypocrisy they seem to resemble in the government’s current stance on homosexual refugees.

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Arts Review: The Makars – Aye Write 2017

The Mitchell Library, 11th March 2017

A makar is the poet of a place. On Saturday evening in the Mitchell Library, the voices of Scotland were heard aloud in the performances of previous Scottish makar Liz Lochhead, Glasgow’s makar Jim Carruth, and the current makar of Scotland Jackie Kay.

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To Be Continued: A History of Cultural Vandalism

A Glasgow-based firm called Structured House has put in an application to demolish the Old College Bar and build a 12-storey flat development to house 426 students. Developers claim they want to incorporate the building into the housing, with only bits and pieces retained. It is an iconic building and parts of it have been an integral part of Glasgow’s landscape since the 16th Century. The pub has been labelled the oldest in Glasgow, running continuously from the same site on High Street since 1810.

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Trading More Than Weapons?

The UK Arms Trade: the exchange of morals for money

As of September 2014, there were 10 official ongoing wars and other violent conflicts involving 64 countries and 576 militia groups globally, many of which were lengthy. The most prominent example of Syria began as early as 2011, and there still isn’t a real solution in sight. Meanwhile, new conflicts seem about to erupt, with the UN likening the situation in South Sudan to that of Rwanda prior to the genocide. At the same time, the UK is the biggest European arms exporter and globally only surpassed by the US. It does not take a pacifist to question the impact of this and on what moral grounds a growing arms trade could possibly be excused.

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