Theatre Review: ‘Sweeney Agonistes’

Theatre Review: ‘Sweeney Agonistes’

Nicola Simonetti reviews ‘Sweeney Agonistes’ directed by Tristram Fane-Saunders and produced by Richard Singleton, which went up in Bibi’s Cafe 28th – 30th of April.     Staging Sweeney Agonistes, considered one of the most important pieces in English poetry and drama, is not an easy task, especially if one takes into consideration the subtlety of Eliot’s language and his frequent allusions. Sweeney Agonistes, Eliot’s […]

Theatre Review: ‘Hamlet’

Theatre Review: ‘Hamlet’

Olia Kuranova reviews ‘Hamlet’, directed by Mathilde Johnsen and produced by Hannah Kate Risser and Amanda Hollinger, that went up in the Byre on April 22-24th. Perfect timing, as Shakespeare’s Birthday and Deathday is April 23rd.           Hamlet, directed by Mathilde Johnsen in the newly re-opened Byre Theatre, definitely took the audience by surprise. Johnsen’s modern-day version […]

Brother, Beautiful

Brother, Beautiful

I am so glad to publish the work of a new writer, Emma Corcoran, in our final issue of the academic year. Emma’s poem Brother, Beautiful asks questions as to the perspective of her older brother, who has Down syndrome and autism. She sheds light upon an often ignored perspective and creates a, fittingly, beautiful poem from it. Brother, Beautiful Sometimes I […]

Album Review: Drenge, Undertow

Album Review: Drenge, Undertow

Corrie Innes reviews Undertow, Drenge’s new album released April 6th, 2015.       by  p_a_h  Drenge’s eponymous debut was a fantastic album. It captured teenage angst and the boredom and restriction of small-town monotony in a way few bands have managed in years, and imbued the results with a genuine menace; you really believe it when Eoin Loveless barks that he […]

To Prove a Villain – Chapter 12

To Prove a Villain – Chapter 12

In Brittle Glass, the final instalment of To Prove a Villain, Richard’s reign will end the way it began – with blood. Dramatis Personae Richard Plantagenet – Mayor of New York City. Harriet Stafford – Speaker of the New York City Council and confidante to Richard. Katherine Woodville – Harriet Stafford’s partner William Catesby – Richard’s chief of staff Frank […]

Tin Foil Hats

Tin Foil Hats

In our final issue of the academic year, we have a fantastic contribution from Stan Usovicz with his poem Tin Foil Hats. Stan’s poem touches upon truth as viewed from the ‘other’ and to what extent we  marginalise those we view as ‘different’ from ‘us.’ Tin Foil Hats What if the crazies are right? That they’ve seen the light That […]

glass house

glass house

Our second poetic contribution from Emma is a piece titled glass house, which discusses the problematic identity of the self. For me, the speaker is not in conversation with an ‘other’ but with his or her self, asking questions as to the legitimacy of the ‘wholeness’ of their identity and wondering what they can do to piece it back together. […]

Now

Now

We are so glad to hear back from one of our writers Sharon Vogel in this final issue. Sharon’s poem Now deals with the passing of time and the impact which history has upon our perceptions of the future; asking whether figures from the past understood the legacy of their actions for the future. Now The moon is murky with […]

Theatre Review: ‘Patience’

Theatre Review: ‘Patience’

Emily Elderfield reviews ‘Patience’, a Gilbert and Sullivan Show directed by Hannah Jeffery and produced by Esther Dickson and Hannah Swain-Ward, which went up in the Byre Theatre 17th-18th of April.    Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience is a jolly and melodramatic account of two ‘aesthetic’ poets, hordes of lovesick admirers and one girl (the eponymous Patience) who is confused about love. […]

Concert Review: Muse – Glasgow, The Barrowland, March 16th, 2015

Concert Review: Muse – Glasgow, The Barrowland, March 16th, 2015

Corrie Innes reviews Muse at their concert in Glasgow at The Barrowland Ballroom on March 16th, 2015, and her acceptance of the craziness that are Muse.     by  Sam Howzit    Muse are ridiculous. The knack to loving them is to accept this. Take Matt Bellamy and co. too seriously and you’ll want to head-butt them every thirty seconds until the […]

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on May 12, 2015 at 7:14 pm / in Books, Creative Writing, Culture

Event Review: Inklight Journal “This is my He(art)” Launch

Alice Roberts reviews her poetic experience at the Inklight Journal Launch of 2015, which took place in the beanroom on May 10th.   It felt appropriate that the Inklight journal of “This is My He(Art)”, edited by Kristiyana Kalcheva, was launched accompanied by the warm lighting and informal atmosphere of the beanroom. The seclusion, enhanced by the onset of dusk, […]

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on April 22, 2015 at 1:09 pm / in Food, What's On

Event Preview: Beer and Brats Spring Fest

Mandy Wright, a first year who loves food, gives us the whole scoop of Janetta’s gelato about what is sure to be a one-of-a-kind day party in St. Andrews – Fine Food and Dining’s Beer and Brat Spring Fest.    In my attempts to prepare both physically and mentally for two solid weeks of sitting in the library during revision, […]

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on April 13, 2015 at 6:01 pm / in Culture, Theatre, What's On

On The Rocks Theatre Festival Review – The Practice Room

Carla van der Sluijs reviews ‘The Practice Room’ written and directed by George Murnaghan Gordon and produced by Alexander Qiu, which went up as a part of the On the Rocks Festival.      The Practice Room was an interesting exploration of relationships in the often tense atmosphere of the creative arts.  Through unusual narrative technique, this play documented the relationship […]

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on April 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm / in Culture, Theatre, What's On

On the Rocks Theatre Festival Review – Do I Dare?

Emma Mason reviews ‘Do I Dare?’ directed by Xara Bennett-Jones and Radhaika Kapur, which went up as a part of the On the Rocks Festival.      The intimate, conceptual dramatic work Do I Dare? completed its two-night run this week as part of On the Rocks, St Andrews’ student-run arts festival. Breaking with traditional theatre conventions, the piece combines poetry, […]

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on April 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm / in Culture, Theatre, What's On

On the Rocks Theatre Festival Review: Everyman

Catriona Scott reviews ‘Everyman’ produced by the JOOT Theatre Company, which went up as a part of the On the Rocks Festival.    Billed by the JOOT Theatre Company as a popular medieval morality play re-imagined for the modern world ‘by setting it on the context of a dream,’ Everyman certainly seemed an unusual and innovative piece. As a Joint Honours […]

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on April 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm / in Culture, Theatre, What's On

On the Rocks Festival Theatre Review: Oleanna

Adam Ishaque reviews ‘Oleanna’ directed by Matthew Knapp and produced by James Hall, which went up as a part of the On the Rocks Festival.      Oleanna is a piece of theatre that explores many ideas, as a good piece should. Delving into ideas of education, sexuality, humanity, and equality, the teacher-student relationship transcends the stage to the audience, […]

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on April 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm / in Creative Writing, Short Story

To Prove a Villain – Chapter 11

In Every Tale Condemns Me, the penultimate instalment of To Prove a Villain, the collapse of Richard’s regime is imminent as his last plan takes a turn for the unexpected.   Dramatis Personae Richard Plantagenet – Mayor of New York City. Harriet Stafford – Speaker of the New York City Council and confidante to Richard. Katherine Woodville – Harriet Stafford’s […]

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on April 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm / in Culture, What's On

On The Rocks Preview – Strictly Come Dancing

    You’ve seen the TV show—now come see the real thing. On April 11th at 7.00 in Buchanan, the Ballroom and Latin Dance Society will present Strictly Come Dancing, pairing up local celebrities with ballroom professionals to compete in an event like no other. We asked the organisers a few questions about the event; here’s what they had to […]

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on April 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm / in Perspective

Run Away Thoughts: Moving Forward

  With the end of another semester on the horizon, change is undoubtedly around the corner for many. Jessica Yin considers the nature of dwelling and whether or not it’s really all that bad.    by SomeDriftwood I’m a dweller. Not necessarily on things that have passed, but on every action and what it means for the future. I think and overthink […]

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on April 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm / in Culture, Film, What's On

Event Review: Sixty Hour Film Blitz 2015

Allison Morano attended the 60 Hour Film Blitz 2015, sponsored by the School of Film in St. Andrews, and shares with us the excitement of The Screening and Awards Gala.  Last night, I attended the 5th Annual 60-Hr Film Blitz Screening and Awards Gala at the Byre. Twenty-four different student-led film crews had sixty hours to film and edit three-minute short […]

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