Shelby Cooke


Time, illness and Melancholia

Time. It’s our human instinct to fear it, to be cautious of it, to fight it. Our entire existences are dominated by time and influenced by change, so it’s not surprising that these themes show up repeatedly in cinema. Lars Von Tier’s Melancholia follows Justine (Kirsten Dunst), as she attempts to cope with her severe…


Venue goes backstage: Macbeth at the Norwich Theatre Royal

Last spring one of the UK’s most reputable theatre institutions, the National Theatre, staged a new production of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy. Directed by the theatre’s Artistic Director Rufus Norris, the production had a sold-out run in London and is now on a national tour, stopping at Norwich’s Theatre Royal from 30th October to 3rd…


Review: Macbeth at the Norwich Theatre Royal

‘Now, after a civil war’; The provocative setting for Rufus Norris’s controversial adaptation of Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, Macbeth. Set in a 2020s dystopian Scotland, this touring National Theatre production relies heavily on the spectacle of its disjointed design and political undertones, causing this seemingly exciting and interesting production to become a bad mixture of unclear…


Enterprise Centre continues commitment to sustainability

The Enterprise Centre offers a vast array of opportunities and support to UEA students, as well as to the wider community of Norwich. For example, the Enterprise Centre provides numerous opportunities, such as business advice, financial support, networking events, tenant spaces and learning enhancement programmes for local entrepreneurs and former UEA graduates. Whether you’re an…


Patrick Melrose and the trauma of the aristocracy

  Downton Abbey, The Crown, countless World War II dramas — British television loves to romanticise the aristocracy. The lives of the rich, upper elite have unquestionably been glamourised and idealised over and over again on our screens, perpetuating the social institutions that continue to plague English society across the globe.  Television, in my opinion,…

September 2021
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