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Laura is a writer and editor.

HANG AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE – REVIEW

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The beauty of Hang lies in the way it juxtaposes cold and often hilarious bureaucracy with the pain of a human experience. Its mystery is in the fact that we never really discover what that exact human experience was.  Continue reading HANG AT THE EDINBURGH FRINGE – REVIEW

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An Interview with Maria Stoian: Take it as a Compliment

26251358Maria Stoian’s graphic memoir Take it as a Compliment brings together a collection of people’s real life experiences of sexual harassment, violence and abuse, to powerfully reflect on this issue in a beautiful and heart rending style. Stoian very kindly took the time to answer a few questions about the work, the process of creation, and the experiences it considers.  Continue reading An Interview with Maria Stoian: Take it as a Compliment

‘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’

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015

EIFFTo get a handle on this year’s Edinburgh Film Festival, and also so I could write this article, I decided to read the full EIFF programme, cover to cover, to see what fell out and what stuck from reading the basic, publicly released information. My overview? Good. Varied. Lighter than usual perhaps. A strong emphasis on American film. Lots of sex and prostitution. Ewan McGregor playing God. Not as globally and politically aware as you might expect. Continue reading Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015

Review: The Merchant of Venice, Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company

BassanioAntonioladsOver the last two years of Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company plays I have come to expect really great, rather loud, somewhat casually misogynistic theatre. So, the essence of what Shakespeare does really well himself. The theatre lover in me was pretty excited for this year’s production of The Merchant of Venice, the feminist saw a faint glimmer of hope in the fact that the director is a woman. Both were disappointed.  Continue reading Review: The Merchant of Venice, Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company

An Interview with Lucy Porter and Marilyn Imrie: The Fair Intellectual Club

FICThe Fair Intellectual Club is a new play by Lucy Porter which first performed to critical acclaim with a sell out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014. Currently touring around the UK, the play will be performed in Edinburgh on 23rd Feb, 3rd and 4th March. Director, Marilyn Imrie and writer, Lucy Porter, very kindly took the time to answer a few of my questions about The Fair Intellectual Club, women and Edinburgh in the 18th century.  Continue reading An Interview with Lucy Porter and Marilyn Imrie: The Fair Intellectual Club