• Historically Adequate? The Importance Of Period Accuracy In Costume

    Whether it’s the raunchy kilts of Outlander or the leather armour in The Musketeers, there is always some debate about the accuracy of period costume. This is sometimes down to a lack of information about certain periods, but is also often due to the negligence of designers. There has...
  • Nottingham Playhouse Announces Their Winter 2020/21 Season

    Last Monday night, Nottingham Playhouse revealed their upcoming winter season in an exclusive evening of talks, interviews and musical performances, hosted by artistic director Adam Penford and, pleasingly, signed throughout....
  • Inclusivity: Can you paint with all the colours of Disney?

    The first fully animated Disney film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was released in 1937. Being released two years prior to World War II means that the film reflects very different societal values and attitudes to todays. Thankfully, we now have characters like Merida in Brave who are...
  • Trailer Watch: Dumbo

    The new trailer for yet another of Disney’s live action remakes of a beloved animated classic is here. Looking more realistic than before, featuring plenty of old favourites but also lots of new stuff, there’s a handful of hints that maybe this version will be darker than the original....
  • Let’s Articulate #20 – Is this representation?

    Following the massive media excitement about the first “exclusively gay” moment in a Disney movie – LeFou in the new live-action Beauty and the Beast – which turned out to be based on a blink-and-you-miss-it non-event, I got thinking about what actually qualifies as LGBTQ+ representation in artistic media....
  • Beauty and the Beast: Is it worth all the hype?

    After many months of hype-building teaser clips and social media posts, Disney have finally released the latest instalment in their mission to re-make all their best-loved animations in the form of live action pictures: Beauty and the Beast. The original 1991 motion picture was the first animated film to...
  • Trend Watch: Back to Your Childhood

    Whilst many cultural categories are often dominated by rulings and ratings of what’s hot and what’s not (fashion, I’m looking at you); film and television tend to be one area of the arts that manages to side-step this treatment and flourish in its own variety. However, in an attempt to...