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REVIEW: The Verdict at the New Theatre, Cardiff

The Verdict is a thrilling courtroom drama that you won’t want to miss this week at the New Theatre, Cardiff. Based on Barry Reed’s novel, and subsequent 1982 film starring Paul Newman, The Verdict is a courtroom drama set against the backdrop of Boston in the early 80s. Adapted by MARGARET MAY HOBBS, the story…

Review: ‘Strictly Ballroom: The Musical’ at the WMC

STRICTLY BALLROOM: THE MUSICAL dazzles and delights at Wales Millennium Centre this January! It might be freezing outside but you can transport yourself to 1990s Australia with this fun night at the WMC. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s (Moulin Rouge!, Elvis) 1992 classic film, this glitzy show with be sure to have you clapping and dancing…

Review: Death Drop 2: Back in the Habit at the New Theatre, Cardiff

By Ellie Spark ‘A hilarious thriller, with scenes from IT and scream and everything in-between.’ We saw yellow coats, red balloons and ‘It’s Johnny!’ echoed through New Theatre Cardiff, as the audience didn’t know whether to laugh, scream or cry… This comedic thriller written by Rob Evans and directed by Jesse Jones stars legendary drag…

Review: An Inspector Calls at the New Theatre, Cardiff

AN INSPECTOR CALLS at the New Theatre in Cardiff. This mysterious tale will keep you gripped on every word with is brilliant cast and breathtaking set design.   Many of us may have fond memories of An Inspector Call’s thanks to its long-standing place on the school curriculum but, for those that don’t, the story follows…

The 1975 ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’ Review

By Ashley Jones On The 1975’s fifth album ‘Being Funny in a Foreign Language’, the admired band aims to analysepostmodern political and cultural environments from an empathetic and understanding standpoint as opposed to the often-critical lens of social media and the public eye. This sense of empathy is conveyed throughout the album from the start…

girl in red ‘October Passed Me By’ review

By Drew Sitton girl in red has gifted us another wonderfully melancholic song to see us through the changing seasons with ‘October Passed Me By’. The track is a follow-up to the Norwegian songwriter’s most popular song ‘We Fell In Love In October’, which was released in 2018 and quickly became a sapphic anthem. Marie…

Maisie Peters ‘Not Another Rockstar’ Review

By Drew Sitton Maisie Peters’ new single ‘Not Another Rockstar’ is an anthem for girls who make bad decisions. Following recent viral hits such as ‘Blonde’ and ‘Cates Brother’, Peters continues to experiment with her new rebellious pop-rock sound in her latest release. Described in a tweet by the singer-songwriter as “Blonde’s older angrier shadier…

Too Good To Go: a cheap takeaway treat

Feature by Megan Dibben The company Too Good To Go has recently become increasingly popular on many social media platforms, marketing itself as an ethical way to enjoy your favourite foods at a cheaper price. By offering ‘Magic Bags,’ which can be reserved the night before, the restaurant of choice will put together a bag…

Theatre Review: Friendsical, New Theatre, Cardiff

OH MY GOD! Comedy Musical Friendsical has come to Cardiff’s New Theatre. The original parody musical, inspired by the classic US Sitcom, is currently embarking on its UK tour. For fans of the show, it is the perfect excuse to indulge in a bit of 90s nostalgia.  With a brilliant cast and some catchy songs,…

Cardiff’s Mexican oasis

By Ale Medellín For all bad mezcal, for all good, also and if there is no remedy, a litre and a half. Is the poor translation of one of Mexico’s proudest proverbs. Mezcal is a traditional Mexican drink which comes from the agave, the same plant that gives us tequila. Mexicans have been drinking mezcal…

And the Oscar Nominations go to…

By Ale Saurio The Oscar Nominations have just arrived. People have made several assumptions regarding this year’s nominees. Dune and Tick, Tick… Boom was amongst the most popular ones, however The Power of the Dog has taken a lead on this year’s Nominations.  This years Best Picture nominees are: Belfast, written and directed by Kenneth…

Sŵn shines brighter than ever

by Gareth Rees The iconic Sŵn festival made a welcome return to Cardiff this year and it was legendary. The festival spanned three days, from Friday the 15th of October to Sunday the 17th of October and featured 77 different artists including two secret sets. It was a special weekend in which independent artists and…

A midwinter disaster in the form of a huge meteorite strike destroys the forest and tumbles Renn, Torak and Wolf into a desolate world.

Book Review: The Last Bear

By Emily Price. This powerfully written debut novel by Hannah Gold follows young April and her father on a journey to the Arctic Circle. Bear Island was once home to polar bears but years of climate change and melting ice caps have stopped the majestic bears from making it to their winter habitation.   April’s meteorologist father is tasked with spending six months on the…

Book Review: Girl. Boy. Sea.

By Emily Price Shortlisted for the Cilip Carnegie Medal 2020, Girl. Boy. Sea will immerse you in a story of survival on an unpredictable and never-ending ocean. Author Chris Vick keeps tension going throughout the book with honest detail as to what it would take to cling to life whilst stranded at sea. This middle grade book will have you racing through the pages at top speed,…

Book Review: October, October

By Emily Price Released in September 2020, October, October is a beautifully descriptive middle grade novel about a girl who lives a wild and isolated life in the woods with her father. The book envelopes you with its vivid details of the picturesque woodland where October has spent most of her life, cut off from society. October is a heroine full of guts and furious bravery who learns that there is a place for her in the world beyond…

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