‘The Spirit of Fear Has Paralysed Us’

2 - 1 (1)In April 1915 1,200 women of the International Women’s Suffrage Alliance met at the Hague to discuss how to bring about an end to war, not just the First World War, all war. To get there they fought prejudice, rampant patriotism on all sides, and the very literal barriers that war presented to travel. In the course of their three days of peace talks the women agreed that they would take very precise action in their attempt to bring a quick resolution to one of the bloodiest wars the modern world had ever seen. Continue reading ‘The Spirit of Fear Has Paralysed Us’

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Review: Sunset Song

sunsetsong4-xlargeThe latest film from director, Terence Davies, Sunset Song is a long-awaited and lovingly faithful adaptation of the Scottish classic by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. The story centres on the coming-of-age of Chris Guthrie as we see her confronting the demands of womanhood as well as the tumultuous changes threatening the rural community of Kinraddie. Continue reading Review: Sunset Song

Games Are For Everyone: Cara Ellison on Indie Gaming

12231119_1217978471552115_1721785510_nIndie gaming, games created by individuals or groups without the financial support of mainstream publishers, has skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years thanks to games like Five Nights At Freddies, a horror game that became popular with YouTube players, and crowd funding websites like Kickstarter getting larger scale projects off the ground. And really, it’s no surprise that Scotland has such a considerable indie gaming community, after all it’s the birthplace of Rockstar Games, the creators of the infamous Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt series. Continue reading Games Are For Everyone: Cara Ellison on Indie Gaming

Review: Handbagged by Moira Buffini

12212293_10153800033136495_130929971_nOriginally conceived in 2010 for Tricycle Theatre‘s Women, Power and Politics Festival, Handbagged was adapted to a full length play by writer Moira Buffini and director Indhu Rubasingham in 2013. It recounts the events of Margaret Thatcher’s eleven year Prime Ministerial run via the weekly meetings she had with HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Continue reading Review: Handbagged by Moira Buffini

Review: Tipping the Velvet

12196294_10208824967687805_2180465700563062819_nWhen I found out that Tipping the Velvet was opening at the Lyceum Theatre, I immediately wanted to see it. Not because I had read the book or seen the BBC adaptation, not because the successful duo Wade/Turner was at the head of this performance, or because I had to find an event to write about for my first contribution to this blog. The reason I was drawn to seeing this performance was its theme: the coming of age of a young woman in the Victorian period. Continue reading Review: Tipping the Velvet