• Arts Feature: A History of Witchcraft in the UK

    Amongst the most common Halloween costume characters, zombies, vampires, ghosts… there is one that remains triumphant: the witch. But where does this fascination with witchcraft come from? Made punishable by death in the UK in 1542 under the reign of King Henry VIII, witchcraft was a crime leading to...
  • 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...
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine @ Theatre Royal

    Maybe future production teams wanting to put on Macbeth should consider using the lines ‘Fizzle, swizzle and shout hooray!’, rather than the more traditional ‘Double, double toil and trouble’, since it certainly got the audience at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal more animated than I have ever seen one whilst watching...
  • Roald Dahl at 100: The Story Behind the Name

    If you went to a British school at any point in your life, chances are you probably read your fair share of Roald Dahl’s work during your studies, be it James and the Giant Peach, The Witches, or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now, the author behind these classic...
  • Scrapbook – Best/Worst Mothers

    It’s Mothers’ Day, and what better way to spend it than delving into film’s extensive list of great – and not so great – mums. Whether they’re evil, delightful or just plain incompetent, there’s no doubting, the bond between mother and child is a unique one. Elastagirl/Helen Parr –...
  • 2016: Hot Or Not – The BFG

    Let’s wave goodbye to 2015! Good times, bad times we’ve had them all – but you know what they say, as one door closes, another one opens. Over the coming month we’ll be bringing you a snapshot of everything 2016 has to offer – the good, the bad and the ugly. Hold...
  • Naughty & Nice – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    It’s nearly Christmas, a time for all things sugary and nice. But, in the world of film, not everything would make it onto Santa’s list. The next few days will see Impact Film & TV look at the good and the bad of popular franchises. Enjoy! For many people,...