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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Art & Culture

Convicts and Lunatics: An Interview With Gracefool Collective

This week, Lippy was lucky enough to meet Gracefool Collective, one half of feminist comedy production Convicts and Lunatics. Produced together with Red Ladder theatre company, Convicts and Lunatics spans 100 years of feminism, from suffragettes to the modern woman. We discussed Gracefool’s latest performance piece, This Really Is Too Much, their inspirations and what […]

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Art & Culture

Review: Theatre Group’s Rules For Living

Cheerful Christmas tunes, glittering tinsel and a bedecked Christmas tree – I could feel the festive spirit as soon as I entered the theatre. Theatre Group had transformed the Alec Clegg studio into Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living, a contemporary play about a family Christmas dinner that “starts off simple and descends into madness”. Crude […]

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Art & Culture

Hamilton, A Review

The hit Broadway show, Hamilton, is coming to the UK in November 2017 at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London. In just over a year of being on Broadway, the musical has won 11 out of the 16 Tony awards it was nominated for as well as a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album […]

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