• The Beauty Queen of Leenane @ NNT

    The student-led theatre production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, written by Martin McDonagh, was phenomenal. The performance presented the disturbing and psychologically baffling relationship between the manipulative 70-year-old Mag (Emma Pallett) and her mentally unstable daughter Maureen (Esther Townsend). The set (designed by Tom Proffitt) remains consistent throughout...
  • Hollywood Puts on a Brave Face in Light of a Truly Dark Year

    The nominations are in, and now throughout Hollywood speeches are being written, falsely gracious losing faces practised, probably even somewhere red carpets dry-cleaned. And yet this year’s ceremony will take place in the light of what can only be described as a truly earth-shattering year for the industry. The...
  • Film Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Picking up 4 Golden Globes awards including Best Drama and thus currently highly tipped in the Oscars race, dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a truly scintillating picture with immense power behind its narrative teeming with both heartbreak and resilience. Set in Ebbing, a small rural US...
  • Look Out For… January

    A new month, a new year, a new set of films to look forward to. In Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman once again transforms himself in a performance that’s hotly tipped for awards glory. Speaking of which, the Bulgarian-Greek drama Glory depicts a platelayer (Stefan Denolyubov) who...
  • The Pillowman @ Nottingham New Theatre

    Coronet Production’s performance of The Pillowman sinisterly explores the moral implications of violence in art and literature whilst injecting the play with surprising amounts of dark humour; staging a piece which seems unnervingly relevant. The play follows writer Katurian through a brutal police interrogation into the similarities between the...
  • A Skull in Connemara @ Nottingham Playhouse

    A Skull in Connemara describes itself as a ‘pitch black comedy’ and, in a nutshell, that is exactly what it is. Written by Martin McDonagh, a British–Irish playwright known for the Leenane Trilogy and the Aran Islands Trilogy, the play follows four people in the Connemara district, gravedigger Mick,...