Author: Sophie Craven

LUDS: Much Ado About Nothing – Review

Image CO: Steph Cragg Last week, the Guild’s Stanley Theatre was transformed into Messina as the Liverpool University Drama Society (LUDS) performed one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays, Much Ado About Nothing. Often heralded as a ‘Shakespeare play that’s actually funny’, LUDS did not disappoint by delivering an enjoyable and playful performance of the romantic comedy. Directed by music student Will Truby, a strong cast of Liverpool students stayed true to the original play whilst presenting a relatable version of this comedy which was first performed back in 1612. Truby explained in the director’s note that he, “often though...

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Josie Long: Something Better – review

Photo credits – Idil Sukan Politics and comedy do not often mix (intentionally anyway), but Josie Long has to ability to both tackle serious issues and entertain an audience. On Monday 13th March, Josie performed her new material in Liverpool to a constantly laughing crowd. While the political nature of Josie’s set could be off-putting to some people, and her left-leaning attitudes and jokes at the expense of both brexiteers and right-wingers might be offensive, most of the audience seemed amused by Josie’s gags. Her charismatic demeanour helped to make it clear that people of all political leanings were welcome at her show and it was a breath of fresh air to see a comedian so passionate in her beliefs. University students were also given the opportunity to meet Josie when she gave a speech to the Labour Society the next day on Tuesday 14th March. Josie is clearly able to talk about political matters in both a comedic and serious manner; this is perfect for inspiring others to pay an interest in politics. @BBC The Epstein theatre was the perfect setting to accommodate Josie. The atmosphere was convivial and allowed for Josie’s performance to seem like an informal chat with the audience. The comedienne herself remarked that she didn’t think she could be an arena comedian; the intimate theatre worked perfectly for the performance. Josie was joined by support act Tez...

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Josie Long at the Epstein Theatre – 13th March

“Josie Long is one of the finest stand-ups on the circuit…mercilessly self-deprecating'”– The Telegraph “Every bit as funny as heartfelt” – The Guardian Breakout comedian Josie Long is back on tour solo for the eighth time since she burst on to the comedy scene just over a decade ago. Josie’s last tour, Cara Josephine, was a sell-out success in 2014 and many fans will be pleased to see her return. Josie is set to perform her new show, Something Better, in Liverpool this Monday (13th March) at the Epstein theatre; with only a few days to go, tickets are...

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2017 Threshold Festival of Music & Arts: 31/03/17 – 02/04/2017

With a little over a month to go, tickets are still available for the Threshold Festival of Music & Arts which is taking place from Friday 31st March to Sunday 2st April. The popular festival is returning to the Baltic Triangle District of Liverpool for the seventh time since its conception in 2011. This year is set to be the biggest yet. Those seeking the best that Liverpool’s homegrown talent has to offer need look no further. This festival has received critical acclaim for bringing people together and increasing the exposure of many Northwest ‘grass-root’ artists. The creative district that is...

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Liverpool Literary Festival – An Overview of Events

  At the end of October, Liverpool held its first annual Literary Festival with Helen Taylor directing the proceedings. Many of the events were held at the University’s own Victoria Gallery & Museum which made it accessible to students and others alike meaning the turnout was high as expected. There were talks from high profile speakers such as Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Ali Smith, Lemn Sissay, Philip Pullman and Colm Tóibín as well as a number of many other smaller discussions and debates. Here’s an overview of three of the events that I was lucky enough to attend! Three Women Revolutionaries...

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