Review: Nora, A Doll’s House

A woman walks into a theatre, discovers she has an aisle seat, almost spills wine and sits down to watch Nora, a new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House The original (which this woman has never seen performed) caused outrage when it was first staged in the late 1800s for questioning the institution of marriage and specifically the role of women. As written by Stef Smith, Nora takes this and runs, it runs far and wide drilling into how the rights and roles of women have changed, or not, over the course of the century.

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Review: Interference

Interference is a three-part ponder on the role and reliability of AI. The existence of Black Mirror and the pretenders to its perfectly crafted throne may make this seem obsolete, but there is something refreshing about seeing the beeps and blips of cleverly created technological interaction IRL. Three different writers have provided the three different scripts in response to the same brief. All the pieces are directed by Cora Bisset, providing a sense of continuity as the cast slip seamlessly between different roles. The show takes place at Park City, well away from the proscenium or studio theatre in a grey and generic office building where a disembodied voice invites us to move towards a small stage. It’s setting apt for the colour palette and content of the pieces as well as opening theatre up to new spaces.

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Review: Vox Lux, Glasgow Film Fest 2019

All that glitters is not indicative of something that will encourage happiness or integrity as brilliantly shimmery catsuits demonstrate in Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux. Protagonist Celeste is a survivor of a terrorist mass shooting at her school, the song she writes to express her grief becomes the platform that launches a supernova career.

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Review: Julia Blue, Glasgow Film Fest 2019

A film made about a revolution is surely a winning bet in showing people at the their fiercest or most desperate. A film made during the revolution then is surely even more determined to be the extremes of life? Not so with Julia Blue, a nuanced and thoughtful story of the eponymous lead filmed in Ukraine during the 2014 uprising against the annexation of Crimea by Russia. It is in no uncertain terms a war for those in Julia Blue. A full-blown assault against the rights of Ukranians and Ukraine.

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