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Nasty Little Intro #8 by Carmina Masoliver

-Reviewed by C.A. LaRue- If I had the technological skills, I would render this review wholly in GIF’s so that you might see for yourself how amazing this poet—a dead-ringer for Xena (Yowser!)—sends words flying by as fast and as buzzing as if they were swung on the tip of the Warrior Princess’ sword. Then again,…

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Asking Nicely by Hannah Chutzpah

  – reviewed by James Webster – Asking Nicely is a thoroughly entertaining and insightful piece by Hannah Chutzpah that dissects the ways we ask for and are given permission with near-surgical accuracy. She skilfully breaks down the power and privilege that condition our language and behaviour, crafting a convincing argument from anecdote, poetry, quotations…

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Shame by John Berkavitch

- reviewed by James Webster – Shame is a highly ambitious and well-realised multi-disciplinary show. Created by John Berkavitch, this genre-bending show blends theatre, spoken word, hip hop, physical theatre, music and animation into a dizzying and highly accomplished performance. It begins with Berkavitch asking the audience the question ‘what are you most ashamed of’,…

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Wingman by Richard Marsh

- reviewed by James Webster – Richard Marsh‘s two-man poetry play is a marvel of wit and emotion. Like all good comedies, the gags flow thick and fast, rich with wit and dexterous wordplay. What makes it a great comedy is that the jokes are rooted in deep and powerful emotion, as Marsh twines together…

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Shit Happens by Eileen Wharton

-Reviewed by Eleanor Hemsley- Shit Happens is perhaps not best suited as a title for this book as the end lesson as such seems to be that everything turns out peachy in the end, but none the less it is definitely worth reading. Never before have I read a book that so perfectly captures the…

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Other Voices: Spoken Word Cabaret

- reviewed by James Webster – Our Performance Editor is in Edinburgh for the next week, trying to review as many Spoken Word shows as possible before he has to go home (or words begin to lose all meaning, whichever comes first). His first stop was the always impressive Other Voices on 12/08/14. The Concept…

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The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry by Adam Wyeth

 -Reviewed by Bethany W. Pope- Adam Wyeth’s The Hidden World of Poetry: Unravelling Celtic Mythology in Contemporary Irish Poetry is a useful and intriguing introduction to both subjects mentioned in the title. The book is composed of a series of tightly-written essays that use close readings and the author’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Irish mythology to…

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High Noon Over Camelot by The Mechanisms

- reviewed by James Webster – High Noon Over Camelot is a joyously grim, funny and clever update of Arthurian legend, set in a gorgeously sci-fi kind of wild west. Filled with lovably damaged characters, it’s a tale of love, violence and horribly dashed hopes that for a briefest moment gave me hope for the…