Author: Jess Shaw

LUST Presents: Guys and Dolls – Review

In a small student theatre in the central of Liverpool, a group of talented musicians, skilled technicians and fantastic performers transported their audience to a post-Depression era New York City. ‘Guys and Dolls’ has triumphed on Broadway and the West End for 60 years, and it triumphed again in the Liverpool University Student Theatre’s three night production. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy concerns the lives of NYCs bustling underworld. The gamblers, the nightclub dancers and the mission dolls knit together to form this captivating show. The setting of this musical demands glitz...

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LUST Presents: Guys and Dolls – Preview

The Liverpool University Student Theatre Society (LUST) is back with a three night run of ‘Guys and Dolls’, a 66 year old production that has triumphed on the West End and on Broadway time and time again. Following on from previous successful performances of ‘Made in Dagenham’ and ‘Little Women’, LUST is ditching politics and poverty for a taste of glamour and glitz. Set in New York, the musical tells a tale of high stakes gambling and the buzzing nightlife of the big city. We follow the lives of hotshots Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit as they navigate the...

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – Review

After nine long years, Gilmore Girls, the beloved sitcom following the lives of enigmatic mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory in the charming town of Stars Hollow, has finally returned to our screens again.  The show has been rebooted for one final series: four hour and a half long mini-movies hosted on Netflix, in what is one hell of a binge-watching-conducive extravaganza. Each episode is seasonal, spanning either ‘Winter’, ‘Spring’, ‘Summer’ or ‘Fall’ and follows the lives of the Gilmores for 3 months at a time. In what is an extremely rare case for TV revivals, all leading actors have...

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International Men’s Day gains its ‘greatest support’ ever

Saturday 19th November is International Men’s Day, which began over two decades ago. The date forms part of a month dedicated to events and campaigns addressing issues affecting men, such as suicide, domestic violence and the portrayal of men in the media. Though the Liverpool Guild ran no events to celebrate IMD this year, the event gains traction in many countries across the world. It aims to provide information and support to vulnerable men; through spreading awareness of these issues, International Men’s Day hopes to encourage men to speak up and feel more comfortable sharing their problems. The event has garnered much attention on social...

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Lady Gaga’s ‘Joanne’ – Album Review

In the three weeks since its release, already ‘Joanne’ has caused division between critics and fans alike. Far from the outlandish outfits and the bold nature of her previous albums, Gaga ditches the electronic, upbeat pop music that catapulted her to fame for a more sombre country record. Almost. Named after a paternal aunt who died of lupus before she was born, Lady Gaga explores the theme of loss in many of her tracks. ‘Diamond Heart’ details the ruin of her innocence in her formative go-go dancing days, ‘Angel Down’ is commemorative of the tragic death of black teenager Trayvon...

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