Culture



Streaming comedy specials could change live performance forever

24th October 2021

As comedy turns into a cinematic space on streaming platforms, will it’s liveness be able to survive? It’s late in the evening and you’re not sure what to watch. A drama would be too hard going on the brain after a long day and a teen rom-com isn’t quite going to fit the mood. Scrolling ...


A musical that changed my life: Billy Elliot

24th October 2021

Writer Siobhan Meldrum examines the emotional parallel between real life and theatre – with Billy Elliot’s heartwarming tale of unapologetic self-expression. The year is 2015 – and the world is just beginning to fall apart. 16-year-old Siobhan is in the second row of the Victoria Palace, on her very first trip to London, with eyes as ...


Review: Bad Boy Chiller Crew @ SWG3

20th October 2021

The Yorkshire hip-hop trio show how to electrify a crowd while shaking off the “self-indulgent wankery” of yesteryear’s rock stars. It’s cold and dark on the Clyde, but punters don’t seem put off. A frenetic, nervous energy moves through the queue snaking parallel to the river,  hidden away from the water by the walled train ...


Glasgow Green on the Silver Screen?

17th October 2021

Bea reflects on how the Scottish psyche handled Glasgow city centre transforming into a movie set for many blockbuster movies over summer 2021. Those of us not in Glasgow over the summer months may have missed the new kind of lockdown imposed upon the city; gone were the pub closures and social distancing warnings, and ...


Twitter in the time of Corona: Minaj, Moderna, and Misinformation

15th October 2021

Following one of the most incredible episodes in the site’s history, it may be time to reflect on Twitter’s duty of care. Nicki Minaj has never avoided ball talk. Whether her bejewelled fingers are examining them for some doctor-patient roleplay or she’s balling on behalf of Post Malone, the words hold pride of place in ...


Review: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

15th October 2021

The first Asian American centred Marvel story is dominating the box office, but will it win any awards? Probably not. Director Destin Daniel Cretton had the canny expertise to realise that the key to success with a special effects-driven, thrilling martial arts extravaganza is not the overwhelming CGI; it’s the basic, humanised nitty-gritty stuff. Textured ...


In Praise of Michael K Williams

15th October 2021

Ollie reflects on the humanity and unique light of the iconic actor, especially apparent in VICE’s Black Market. A small boat serenely floats off the coast of Hout Bay, South Africa. The high arching hills of the coastline provide perfect cover for what is about to happen. Beneath the surface of the water the locals ...


Review: People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan

14th October 2021

The mischievous MCs are back with charm in their recent Tokyo adventure. Known for its mockumentary style and quirky take on British life, sitcom People Just Do Nothing has made waves in the UK comedy scene since its commission by BBC Three in 2014. The show, which follows the chaotic lives of five working class ...


Editorial: Safeguarding on Glasgow’s streets must be improved

12th October 2021

CW: Sexual Assault, Rape, Gender Based Violence We can’t rewrite rape culture overnight, but there are practical steps that need to be taken. It is exhausting seeing the same pink and white infographics recycled every time another woman loses her life just because another man felt entitled to her. After the harrowing murder of Sabina ...


Therapeutic reading: reading, grieving, and healing

3rd October 2021

Monica Brotherton describes how reading novels throughout her life has helped her come to terms with silenced grief. My dad died when I was six years old. Even saying that sentence is still a little bit difficult, and I don’t think it will ever roll off the tongue. There’s an awful lot of uncomfortable emotions ...