Review: Faslane by Jenna Watt

My parents grew up in the cold war era, where the shadow of Hiroshima and Nagasaki hung closer and the threat of further use of nuclear weapons felt tangible. While the use of nuclear weapons is still a potential reality, heightened by the attitudes of certain leaders like Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un, there is…

Review: Umbra

It’s difficult to articulate my experience of Umbra, a production by Theatre With Teeth and Get Out Of My Space. In its simplest form, Umbra explores lust, love, temptation and possession by the devil through wordless physical theatre in an immersive environment. This ambitious piece, devised by Tobias Cornwell and James Hawley, was certainly an…

Review: Poltimore Festival 2018

Poltimore Festival 2018, the annual arts and music festival held just outside of Exeter, celebrated its eighth birthday with its most successful event to date at the eponymous aristocratic house on Sunday 27th May. All funds raised from the day, including ticket sales and 30% of the profit from the catering stalls, went towards The…

Review: Jack Dean’s ‘Nuketown’ @ Exeter Phoenix

“Nuketown is a combined storytelling and protest art project about cities, public money and the possible end of life as we know it.” This Monday, 14th of May, Jack Dean reached the second leg of his tour and performed his most recent piece, Nuketown, here at our very own Exeter Phoenix. Jack Dean is an…

The Paddon Award 2018

Our university is bursting with artistic students, from those who are active members of music, drama and art societies to those who take a more personal and introverted approach to their art.  On Tuesday 27th March I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Paddon Award ceremony; a small, intimate event which recognises artistic talent…

#FillTheGap Workshop and Protest with Like A Dude Theatre Company

On Thursday 22nd March, I had the pleasure of attending Like A Dude Theatre Company’s workshop and protest that questioned, and ultimately campaigned against, the gender pay gap. The experience was truly extraordinary and genuinely empowering. Here is how it went. On Thursday morning I headed out and gathered with the other participants outside of…

Review: ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ by Exeter University Theatre Company

Thoroughly ridiculous and completely hilarious, EUTCO’s production of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ kept the audience on the edge of their seat. A modern adaptation by Richard Bean of the Commedia dell’arte play “Servant of Two Masters”, the show is set in a delightful 1960s Brighton, with an eclectic range of characters, songs, dance and foolery,…

Interview with George Mann, Writer and Director of ‘Translunar Paradise’

I saw Theatre Ad Infinitum’s ‘Translunar Paradise’ the night before my interview with George Mann, who wrote, directed and performed in the production, and is the Co-Artistic Director of the company. Mann’s powerful and emotionally engaging piece of work explores the theme of grief through the recently widowed William, who is struggling to accept the…

Review: Soldier On @ Northcott Theatre

Jonathan Lewis’ Soldier On had an interesting premise. The play features a group of ex-soldiers and other military associates who join together to perform their own original play as a bonding experience to help them through the trauma caused by war, and what happens when you leave the ‘military family’. With a cast made up…

Review: Spotlights A Night at the Musicals II

Spotlights’ latest all singing all dancing production was a knock-out at Exeter Phoenix this Monday and Tuesday. A talented bunch of musical lovers took to the stage to wow us with A Night at the Musicals. With hits from all decades, including classics from Les Miserables, to new fan-favourites Hamilton and Matilda, and some newer…

Review: Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone

If you sat waiting for Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone to begin, perhaps comfortably looking forward to an easy evening tumbling through Nina Simone’s extensive body of work, you’d be in for a real shock. Whilst Josette Bushell-Mingo does perform a number of classic Nina Simone tracks – from “Sinnerman” to…