Molly Phillips

Arts

Review: Wasp at UEA’s Drama Studio

Wasp, at UEA’s drama studio, creates an atmosphere of poignancy even as you walk in the room.  The play is staged in the round, with the audience seated looking onto the little wooden stool that forms the extent of the set for the whole piece. As we come in, we are introduced to two of…

TV

The Privatisation of Channel 4

Channel 4 is a much-loved British television channel, which has brought both newsworthy information, and powerful entertainment to the public since it was founded in 1982. However, the government has now announced that they intend to go ahead with plans to privatise it. The reasoning behind this change is that ministers believe Channel 4, as…

Arts

UEA Drama and Musical Theatre Society’s Just So

UEA DMTS’ 2022 production  of Anthony Drewe and George Stiles’ musical Just So is such a burst of colour and energy that it’s impossible to know where to look for the first few minutes. This is, in part due to the performances of the stellar cast, and in part, due to the clever and innovative…

Arts

Review: Animal Farm at Norwich Theatre

A touring production of Animal Farm, (Children’s Theatre Partnership in association with Birmingham Rep) is performing at Norwich Theatre Royal until March 12th, and it is not to be missed. The script is masterfully adapted from George Orwell’s book by Robert Icke, and performed by a cast of expert puppeteers. Before the play even begins,…

Fashion

The inevitable return of Indie Sleaze

Trend forecaster, Mandy Lee (@oldloserinbrooklyn) posted on TikTok that the fashion style known as ‘Indie Sleaze’ is becoming popular again, after its initial success in the early 2000s. The original wearers of Indie Sleaze were The Libertines’ Pete Doherty, models Kate Moss and Alexa Chung, and Brandon Flowers from The Killers – all good indications…

Arts

Brutalism at UEA

It might not be everyone’s cup of architectural tea, but when Denys Lasdun designed the University of East Anglia’s campus in the 1960s, he certainly had a vision. UEA, much like the National Theatre (also Lasdun’s work) is a work of brutalism, an iconic concrete landscape that contrasts brilliantly with the peaceful greenery of the…

TV

New Year, New TV

The BBC turns 100 this year, having produced endless material to celebrate, and reminding us what a vital institution they are. There will be many specials of old favourites for the occasion. It especially seems fitting that Doctor Who should be there to mark the centenary when it has become near-synonymous with the BBC canon…

Creative Writing

Celebration

There is a statue in the square with my face stitched onto it in stone. It is uncanny granite, and I stare at it a long while, face to face with me, eyebrows raised so they are higher on flesh than they are on stone. I smile at myself.  There is a statue. In the…

Gaming, Venue

Gaming Giant SEGA to Join Forces With Microsoft

There has been debate in the online gaming community about whether the gaming giant was being bought out by Microsoft Corporation, since SEGA published a tweet where they visited Microsoft’s offices. It has been announced that the Japanese video game company is ‘in principle’ joining forces with Microsoft. It is an alliance aimed at allowing…

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