SQIFF 2021: Poetics of the Visual

David Ellington stands in front of a wall. He points to the sky, making a bird with his hands. The overlaid text says, “Two birds shoot and dart as one. Around a far, far tree. He runs the distance. And watches the other. Together.”Here, in his film Liberty, Ellington’s BSL is like a dance. Heart... Continue Reading →

WayWORD Festival: Art is Activism

The WayWORD Festival, a student-led creative arts festival run by the WORD Centre at the University of Aberdeen is without a doubt, summed up with the expression “maximum effort, maximum reward,” in terms of the time and energy it took to get it all together, and the obstacles we overcame. The tagline we chose, “unconventional... Continue Reading →

I Have Always Been A Storm

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What if you could bring forth a weather phenomenon where flowers bloomed at your command? Or created clouds with shapes so clear there would be no debate about whether you could see a car or a robot? What if you could make whatever weather you wanted? Watching children actively imagining is incredible fun.... Continue Reading →

Other Voices Spoken Word Cabaret

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “The thing about poets is that they are quite fragile souls. Pretty much anyone who gets up is going to have something to plug,” says host Fay Roberts - up from Cambridgeshire to promote her show The Selkie and provide a showcase for the ‘other voices’ of this show’s title. She runs through... Continue Reading →

Frieda Loves Ya!

  Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Opening strongly with ‘Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole’ by Martha Wainwright, Frieda Loves Ya! is pretty amazing, but sadly falls apart in the second half. To begin with Frieda, presumably, appears, dancing with a heart-shaped sculpture on her head on a stage decorated with balloons and a big pink sheet with ‘Frieda [kissy... Continue Reading →

Eat Me

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This one was a little uncomfortable for me to watch, having been hospitalised with anorexia last summer. The play follows three young people whose lives have been altered by anorexia – here portrayed as an overbearing maternal figure hell-bent on isolating all who meet her from their friends, families, and support networks. Suzanna... Continue Reading →

Nicoletta Wylde Is Afraid of the Dark

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With only four shows left of a limited run, Nicoletta Wylde’s genuinely creepy debut Fringe show Afraid of the Dark is worth the walk. A semi-autobiographical tale about living with night terrors, Nicoletta manages to bring a sense of urgency and authenticity to her performance – you don’t doubt that this is a... Continue Reading →

Juliette Burton: Butterfly Effect

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Juliette Burton wants us to be kinder to ourselves, and to each other. To an almost full house she appeared, covered in glitter, and proceeded to deliver a fast-paced, professional show. Much of the run time was taken up with Juliette tackling her internal critic and her self-doubt head-on, represented by her father... Continue Reading →

A Definitive Guide To The (Feminist) Fringe 2018

It may have been hard, it may have taken ten times longer than I thought it would, but I have read through the entire programme several times and these are THE feminist shows I’ll be trying to see during the first week of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. So, well, here’s my Definitive Guide To The (Feminist) Fringe 2018!

Eloise White’s Vulva Art

Content Warning: As the title suggests, this post is full of references to AFAB (assigned female at birth) genitalia. The desire to refer to Eloise White’s ceramic… pieces as ‘vaginas’ is incredibly strong. Yes, they are pieces of fruit with female genitalia growing out of them… but ‘vagina’ is the wrong word. These are ceramic... Continue Reading →

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