Sweeney Todd – Cutting Edge

What appealed to you about this particular musical?PH: It’s a thinking man’s musical…it’s Sondheim so it’s wrapped up in delicious social comment with very clever rapid fire lyrics. It’s a real Gothic melodrama.AP: I’ve always wanted to play a crusty old woman (laughs)CS: I discovered Sweeney Todd three years ago and I fell in love with it straight away, and I’ve been desperate to play … Continue reading Sweeney Todd – Cutting Edge

Getting Closer

Being a great fan of the play, I was elated when “Closer” was chosen to be produced by The Student Workshop this term, and thanks to a fantastic cast, it did not disappoint. “Closer” exposes the harsh realities of love by developing the complex relationships of two couples that are constantly searching elsewhere for happiness, unsure of where their hearts truly lie. This inevitably ends … Continue reading Getting Closer

There Will Be Blood

The film undulates at a self-paced rhythm highlighted by its superb score. The first 20 minutes of the film is absent of any dialogue, luring the viewer into a false sense of comfort – the calm before the storm. As the filmÂ’s title promises, violence is an integral method in the filmÂ’s overall scope. Yet unlike typical Slasher films, Anderson approaches violence with the utmost … Continue reading There Will Be Blood

US healthcare

A friend tells me that he plans to drive across America after graduating. The Interstate Highway he says, itÂ’s my dream. But then he adds something strange: ‘hopefully IÂ’ll avoid any pile-ups, seeing as you only get into hospital if youÂ’re loaded.Â’ His idea is to travel on a shoestring. He is not the only person I know who believes that if you need emergency … Continue reading US healthcare

Buckinghamshire crushed in style

To add to the occasion Buckinghamshire Chilterns were one of three teams at the bottom of the table fighting to avoid relegation. So the scene was set for a nail biting game. Unbeaten at home, Holloway knew that the league was in their hands after grinding out very tough results in their previous two games – 2-1 and 4-3 against Sussex and Luton respectively. The … Continue reading Buckinghamshire crushed in style

Is McDonalds the way forward for disillusioned students?

In aiming to represent the students of Royal Holloway, the Vice President, Education and Welfare, Marcus OÂ’Shea, and I conducted our own February 2008 survey. He had received complaints from a number of students about the dining facilities at Kingswood. He was also aware of two new Facebook groups subtly protesting about the dining service with names such as ‘I only eat Kingswood dinner to … Continue reading Is McDonalds the way forward for disillusioned students?

Sweeney Todd

While this film is certainly not for the faint-hearted, Tim BurtonÂ’s copious and theatrical use of blood gives the film an almost comical quality, which is exacerbated by the fact that itÂ’s also a musical (Somehow I can never quite take Depp seriously when heÂ’s singing in falsetto). Steven Sandheim deals beautifully with the score for the film, keeping it less fragmented and complicated than … Continue reading Sweeney Todd

Universities and unions urged to spy on extremist groups

1. To promote and reinforce shared values; to create space for free and open debate; and to listen to and support mainstream voices. 2. To break down segregation amongst different student communities including by supporting inter-faith and inter-cultural dialogue and understanding and to engage all students in playing a full and active role in wider engagement with society. 3. To ensure student safety and campuses … Continue reading Universities and unions urged to spy on extremist groups