Review: Woke, Fringe 2017

Woke is the story of Ambrosia Rollins, a young African American woman who goes to attend college in St Louis the week that 17-year-old Mike Brown was shot and killed by white officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis. This solo performance by the luminous Apphia Campbell weaves together the events in Ferguson as viewed by the naïve Ambrosia and the story of the now-notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur who was convicted for the killing of a New Jersey State Trooper in 1977.

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Review: Super Awesome World

Thursday took me to a black box theatre at the Tron to see a preview of a new production from Amy Conway called Super Awesome World, described as ‘a brand new autobiographical show about video games that invites the audience to join Amy Conway as allies in her fight against depression’.

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Review: Glasgow Science Centre Lates

Have you ever seen a fire tornado? ‘Cause I have. And in controlled circumstances with no risk to life its really pretty awesome. The Glasgow Science Centre Lates are part of the trend for opening normally child friendly sites up to adults only. It can be a token effort and sometimes really crap (*cough* zoo night) but GSC have knocked it out the park.

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Review: Dispossession, The Great Social Housing Swindle

Paul Sng’s (Invisible Britain, Sleaford Mods) feature length documentary on the decline of social housing seems particularly timely in light of the recent tragedy of Grenfell; a situation that made absolutely clear the contempt held for the poorest and most marginalized groups. The truth is that the housing crisis has been happening for a very long time. Sng is trying to capture the unarguable neglect on the part of some authorities and the desperation of those affected, and for the most part Dispossession succeeds.

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