2010 March



Superstrings (City Halls)

15th March 2010

Sage Pearce-Higgins “Wouldn’t it be great if we had a theory of everything?” This sentiment is likely to be expressed by a theoretical physicist, whose area of science has been searching for some sort of ‘Unified Field Theory’ since Albert Einstein coined the term. The idea is to find some way of joining all the ...


My Name is Rachel Corrie (Citizens Theatre)

15th March 2010

Jo Shaw My Name Is Rachel Corrie is one of the  last decade’s most critically acclaimed pieces of political theatre for good reason. Every sentence, joke and entreaty for the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is taken directly from the journals, blogs and answer machine messages left behind by Rachel Corrie; an American political activist ...


The City (Tron Theatre)

15th March 2010

Tom Bonnick Martin Crimp’s The City — which was first performed in 2008 but feels older; as if perhaps it could have been written at any point in the last thirty years — is a strange, increasingly alarming play: after initially giving the impression of being a (slightly awkwardly staged) kitchen sink drama of sorts, ...


La Boheme (Theatre Royal)

15th March 2010

Tom Bonnick Everything that’s wrong with Stewart Laing’s adaptation and direction of Puccini’s immensely popular 1896 opera La Boheme — performed in Glasgow by the usually superb Scottish Opera — seems to be a consequence of the dramatic modernisation to which it has been subjected. That sounds like there’s a lot that’s bad, which isn’t ...


I Love You Phillip Morris (Dir: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa)

15th March 2010

Maxwell Ward To say that Jim Carrey’s films are defined by the elasticity of his face is a little much, but it can give a big, gurning clue about what they hope to achieve. That’s why I Love You Phillip Morris is an anomaly in his portfolio, a film which has familiar rubbery expressions, but ...


Alice in Wonderland (Dir: Tim Burton)

15th March 2010

Emily McQueen-Govan In recent years, Tim Burton’s output of films has been both offbeat and refreshingly non-conformist. Films such as the supernatural comedy horror of Corpse Bride and his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cemented his reputation as a director who wasn’t afraid to go a bit crazy. Anybody would think, ...


Greenhouse gassing

15th March 2010

James Maxwell talks to Patrick Harvie MSP, co-convenor of the Scottish Green party, about the state of cross-party environmental politics Greenhouse gassing Prior to the implosion of the international banking system, Britain’s largest parties poured their efforts into trying to demonstrate the purity of their environmental credentials. David Cameron shamelessly staged an Arctic escapade, complet...


The myth of Tariq Ramadan’s doublespeak

15th March 2010

James Maxwell meets one of the world’s most influential and controversial intellectuals to discuss extremism, reform and ‘The New We’ To many of his most belligerent critics, Tariq Ramadan — probably the world’s foremost Muslim intellectual — is a pathological manipulator of the truth. If confronted directly with a query concerning the real nature of ...


Cup victory in reach for GUFC

15th March 2010

Glasgow 1-0 Manchester Harry Tattersall Smith The much-heralded magic of the cup was not evident at Garscube, yet the drama was very much intensified by Glasgow’s inability to finish off the visitors. At times it seemed like Glasgow were contriving to lose; or at least eager to send the home crowd into cardiac arrest. Chance ...


Glory beckons for rampant GU

15th March 2010

GUBC 85-72 Rocks Joe Mclean Glasgow University’s men’s basketball team had to chip away at Glasgow Rocks to overcome them in this semi-final, played on their home turf at the Stevenson Building. From the tip-off Glasgow’s foundations were shaken by the power and pace of the Rocks. Within a matter of minutes they found themselves ...