Category: Opinions

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Sunday Matinee) @ Criterion Theatre, 17/7/16

Ultimately, I went into this play not sure what to expect. I came out delighted and wanting to see more. With so much negativity in the world, we need more of Bank Robbery's and Mischief's outrageous, bright and inventive brand of theatre. We need more comedy that is both simple and inventive, and this is exactly that. I'd go again in a heartbeat.

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Hillsborough

Tuesday morning I woke up to the news that the 96 deaths that occurred at the Hillsborough disaster were declared unlawful killings, and that the deaths were not the fault of Liverpool fans themselves. I had began to write a post on how the disaster and the campaign had a profound effect on my childhood in Merseyside, … Continue reading Hillsborough

Why we still need Agent Carter

Why we still need Agent Carter

NOT SPOILER FREE This month saw season two of ABC/Marvel's Agent Carter come to an end, and despite critical acclaim and a fanbase that cares deeply for the show and its characters, its dwindling ratings have once again left its future in doubt. The show follows SSR Agent Peggy Carter (portaryed by the excellent Hayley Atwell) … Continue reading Why we still need Agent Carter

“A compromise too far” – Iain Duncan Smith and the realities of being poor in the UK

In the same week as Chancellor George Osborne released his budget that saw further cuts to disability benefits while the most wealthy get tax cuts, the (now former) Secretary for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith resigned from his post, citing concerns about the juxtaposition of these unfair cuts to welfare for the most vulnerable … Continue reading “A compromise too far” – Iain Duncan Smith and the realities of being poor in the UK

It’s time to stop burying our gays

So here's the thing - characters die all the time. That's normal. However, even in 2016 an overwhelming majority of characters within film and television are straight, while much of the LGBTQ representation that is available is mostly white gay men. While as a society we have (for the most part) moved on from explicitly killing a queer character for being queer, the few queer characters that do appear are killed off at a much more alarming rate than their straight counterparts, suggesting that Western society isn't as on board with homosexuality - or anything that isn't heterosexuality - as it likes to think.