• The Fascination with Fairytale – Tales as Old as Time

    Alex Tyndall Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there was a moral that needed to be taught, or a child that needed putting to bed, or a traveller who needed to be entertained. As long as humans have existed, we have crafted stories to tell to...
  • Cinderella @ Nottingham Playhouse

    Abi reviews this year's Christmas pantomime Cinderella at the Nottingham Playhouse, available On Demand. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cinderella In Hollywood @ Theatre Royal

    Directed by Janet Lewis, the English Youth Ballet’s production of Cinderella In Hollywood was truly exquisite. Comprised of dancers from the ages of 8 to 18, the English Youth Ballet spotlights the talent of these dancers in different productions around the United Kingdom. Set in the era of 1950s...
  • From Rags to Witches: the Grim Tale of Children’s Stories at Lakeside Arts

    Walking into the Weston Gallery feels like you’ve become Red Riding Hood and strayed into the woodland. The lights are dimmed to preserve the antiquated books on display, yet the witches’ silhouettes on the walls evoke a sense of mystery. Much like the darkened room, the fairy tales we...
  • 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....