Art & Culture

First Same Sex Kiss on ITV’s Victoria

This article contains Victoria spoilers. This autumn, I was one of the 6.1 million people who was pleased to see Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes back on my TV screen, with the return of the ITV series ‘Victoria’, depicting the life of Britain’s famous Queen. The new season brought with it a host of new […]

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Art & Culture

The Responsibility of Art

Barack Obama said to Jake Gyllenhaal, “You have a job as an artist to help people through difficult times, to illuminate things through art”. As an Arts undergraduate, I often get the impression that my degree isn’t taken to be as ‘serious’ or ‘important’ as a BSc. However, I’d like to argue the case that […]

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Art & Culture

Women of the World Festival

March is known as Women’s History Month, and girl, do we have SOME history. For the past three years I have spent the weekend of International Women’s Day at the Women of the World festival in London’s Southbank centre, and it has no competition in being my favourite event of the year. The festival was […]

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Art & Culture

Lippy Review: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet West Yorkshire Playhouse 10/03/17 Romeo and Juliet is a difficult play to perform, at risk of falling into tropes of tired convention and Shakespearean stereotype. However, the ongoing production at the West Yorkshire Playhouse was youthful, diverse and managed to capture some of the themes and motifs often left out of performances […]

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Art & Culture

Female Nudity on the Big and Small Screen

Our favourite Downtown Abbey star and Hogwarts professor Maggie Smith has recently said during a conversation at Tricycle Theatre that she feels she wouldn’t be able to make it as a young actress in today’s industry, considering how they have to “strip off every second”. But how much have these attitudes to female nude scenes […]

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Art & Culture

Awarding Assault at the Oscars

I am not here for the Oscars’ celebration of Casey Affleck. I stand with Brie Larson, who rightly refused to applaud Affleck for his Oscar win last week. She didn’t even to pretend to clap. She made a blatant protest against the celebration of men who continue to be rewarded by the Academy, despite being […]

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Affairs and Opinions, Art & Culture

Dystopian fiction turned fact?

Sales of dystopian novels have soared since President Trump’s inauguration in January. After Trump’s counsellor Kellyanne Conway used the term “alternative facts”, it was noted by many that the phrase seemed like something straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, causing sales of the classic dystopian novel to skyrocket, selling out on Amazon four days into […]

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Art & Culture

Our Favourite Childhood Books

The recent news that Philip Pullman is releasing an ‘equel’ to the His Dark Materials novels is a welcome reprieve from the other bleak headlines that are dominating the news. As a teenager, I remember getting lost in the streets of Oxford with Lyra, wishing I could make friends with the fearsome polar bears, and […]

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