Author: Alice van den Bosch

A Bookworm’s Christmas Gift Suggestions

If, like me, you’re something of a bookworm and also if, like me, you always find it difficult to choose Christmas presents, especially for relatives or friends who don’t enjoy or have time for reading, then here are a few suggestions nevertheless: “Never has time to read”: It might be that they never have time to read, in which case you might like to consider the vast range of audio books available. This they could easily listen to on the commute into work or while winding down for bed. For something a bit different, why not check out http://www.thegreatcourses.co.uk/...

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Titus Andronicus: a LUDS production of sex, politics, Romans & revenge

  Rape, multiple murder, mutilation, forced cannibalism, human sacrifice…a deadly cycle of revenge set against a bloody backdrop of Shakespearean Ancient Rome in which time and time again the children suffer amidst their parents’ feuds. Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare’s less famous and popular plays, yet this team of LUDS’ actors, directed by Dominic Davies, have produced a very compelling and dramatic adaption. Performers who stood out particularly for me were Angela Hehir as Tamora, Queen of the Goths, Alex Webber-Date as her lover, Aaron, and Ben Spence as the titular Titus. However, all of the actors displayed brilliant and poignant moments and any amount of incredible talent. At a good three hours long (including a fifteen minute interval), with countless murders and mutilations both on and offstage, there were still moments of, admittedly rather black, humour. Yet beneath the gory story of an almost archetypal revenge-tragedy, this adaption also brought out the deeper themes of family, race, honour and grief. Altogether a fantastic performance and highly commended if emotionally...

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Review: ‘The Imitation Game’

  Biopics appear to be extremely popular in the film industry at the moment with Timothy Spall as the artist Mr Turner currently playing in cinemas and the upcoming The Theory of Everything about Stephen Hawking. This film, The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tylden, tells the story of the mathematician Alan Turing, played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch, and supported by an absolutely stellar cast that includes Keira Knightley and Charles Dance. As a Sherlock fan, I could not help but smile at the opening of the film where an antisocial genius (in a lab!) puts down some less intelligent...

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