Theatre



Dance to empower: Representing Scotland in ballet

15th May 2021

Representing Scotland in ballet. If you’ve found yourself exhausting streaming services throughout this year, perhaps you stumbled across Scottish Ballet’s The Snow Queen. With the closure of stages, online access to ballet has jumped, and gives time to open the curtain to a more diverse audience and dim the elite middle-class view of ballet. When ...


My favourite comedy special: Daniel Sloss X

8th May 2021

Daniel Sloss X: When defying toxic masculinity meets humour. When I first stumbled upon 30-year-old Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss in his Netflix special, I didn’t know I was in for a wild ride. The title Dark did the show justice: both episodes were filled with self-deprecating, cynical, and at-times staggering routines, always combined with a ...


Ballet and body image

3rd April 2021

An industry where body-shaming is the norm. Content Warning: racial stereotypes, eating disorders. I spent many hours of my childhood in a leotard, in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip-hop classes. I now also fit into the 70% of former female ballerinas who statistically have or have had an eating disorder.  I remember being stood ...


What is the purpose of political theatre?

28th March 2021

Rebecca Richard discusses the crucial role of political theatre in modern society. When I was 10 years old, I had no interest in politics. Politics was for the grown-ups. the most I had to worry about was getting my homework diary signed weekly. But when my mum took me to see an amateur performance of ...


Ethically naked

11th March 2021

Is sex, nudity, and body objectivity okay in theatre? Sex sells. But is that reason enough to ask an actor to perform nude on stage? Nudity is a powerful tool in art, but how does one ask for, and give informed consent? In this age of digital media, all forms of art are more accessible: ...


From runway to screen

23rd February 2021

Ahead of Milan fashion week, Olivia Marrins details what it will look like on-screen. As nearly every social event is rescheduled, cancelled, or taken to Zoom, it is no surprise that Milan fashion week has traded up bustling live venues for digital runways. This fashion exhibition showcases autumn/winter 2021/2022 collections across January and February through ...


Love letters to the stage

18th February 2021

Theatre-lovers reminisce of happy times and the importance of theatre, hopeful to return to the buzz of the box office queue soon.  What a year it’s been. From fighting forest fires to combatting a pandemic, we’ve all faced adversity. Yet there’s one group that’s been ignored in this pandemic; a group we turn to time ...


Theatre of Fashion

7th February 2021

The McQueen empire, RiRi’s Fenty and beyond. “If I like it or not, my shows are a form of entertainment”  Alexander McQueen, 2010. In the first half of the 20th century, fashion shows were little more than small scale marketing vehicles used to entice wealthy clients into purchasing a couturiers collection. Enter the 60s, where ...


Living in the digitised world

5th February 2021

What does the future of theatre hold? The global crisis of 2020 has spawned a new invention to pass the time at home: digital theatre. It is my new favourite hobby, and it might be yours too. Theatre companies have been releasing their plays for free on the internet as a treat for all of ...


What should theatres show us in 2021?

9th January 2021

Flora Gosling’s wishlist for theatres in 2021. I don’t often ask myself: “What kind of theatre do I want to see?”. Usually, I trust the theatre-makers to know what stories need to be told, and after 2020 I’d settle for watching anything on a real-life stage. But, now as I think of it, there are ...