Review: Blood Simple

Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1984 debut film, Blood Simple, passed by relatively unnoticed at the box office, despite being well-reviewed by critics. Now, given the brothers’ cult following, it’s unsurprising that a director’s cut has been released. Crafted just as its creators wanted it to be, the film is just as voguish and absurd as…

Review: Loyle Carner @ Exeter Phoenix

“He turned the world upside down and we’re richer for it He was and is a complete joy The world is his, that scribble of a boy”   Exeter Phoenix was instantly filled with a buzz as soon as the doors opened for their event of the evening. The excitement was pretty much tangible as…

Review: The Amazons @ Exeter Phoenix

It’s a young crowd at the Phoenix who greet the Reading bred 4-piece, The Amazons, on Wednesday 11th October. They released their debut self-titled record in May of this year, which has been described as “shout-it-to-the rooftops, punch-the sky-yell along at the top of your voice storm” by The Telegraph.  They are embarking on a…

Review: Around the World in 80 Days

I like Around the World in 80 Days. It may not be grand or shatter your sense of the limits of theatre, but it is an awful lot of fun. It provides a sometimes welcome evening’s distraction. Often, that’s all you need.   As you might have already guessed, this production at the Exeter Northcott…

Review: Kate Bonna’s ‘All The Things I Lied About’

Katie Bonna’s ‘All The Things I Lied About’ at the Bike Shed Theatre was an honest, thought-provoking piece in the style of a TED talks. Bonna delivered to her audience her take on the impact of everyday lies, forcing us to face the reality of our post-truth society. On arrival, Bonna charmed the audience with…

Review: Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark is the last of just three crime dramas penned by Frederick Knott. Published in 1966, it was made famous by the 1967 film of the same name starring Audrey Hepburn leading to several on-stage revivals, on tour with The Original Theatre Company most recently. The action follows a trio of criminals –…

Restaurant Review: Absurd Bird

Absurd Bird, as the name suggests, is a restaurant that celebrates all things chicken. It was set up three years ago to create a brand which married the bohemian utopia of style, edge, taste, art, and design. Now with four restaurants in the UK, Absurd Bird merges the comfort food of the American south with…

Review: Nick Mulvey @ The Lemon Grove

The crowd poured into the Lemon Grove last Monday 2nd October, excited to relax, grab a drink and be soothed by the mellow tones of Nick Mulvey after the usual Monday madness. It was great to see not only a massive turnout but a crowd drawn from across a wide age range; it was in…

Review: The Cauldron Inn

Exeter’s newest themed bar hasn’t had the most magical of starts. A disappointing 26% of TripAdvisor users marked the Cauldron Inn as “Terrible”, and a further 20% a half-hearted “Average”. Is the Cauldron Inn really just a few sickles short of a galleon? I headed down to 15 Gandy Street to find out. Stepping into…

Travel Diary: Summer in Skiathos

With autumn underway, a hot weathered, blue-skied escape is most needed, especially when met with consecutive days of cloud and a forecast that tease the possibility of showers. Having reached this time of year, I feel a longing to return to the Greek island of Skiathos, which I visited for the first time this summer….

Preview: Loyle Carner @ Exeter Phoenix

At only 22, Loyle Carner has already carved out an electrifying path for himself. His Yesterday’s Gone tour comes to the Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday 10th October, adding to his list of already sold out shows that exhibit his genuine and heartfelt album released on 20th January this year. Following the success of his Yesterday’s Gone EP…

Autumn Treats!

With the disappearance of sunshine for probably the entirety of the next nine months, it’s understandable how one could be down when facing the realisation that summer has come to an end. Whilst there were but a few, the joyous sunny days spent with an ice cream in each hand are but a mere memory….