Caitlin McGrane on “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”

June 1, 2013

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A couple of weeks ago I picked up a book at the Grub Street Bookstore on Brunswick Street. Bad Blood by Colm Tóibín is a short autobiographical telling of when the author decided to walk along the border between The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in 1987. Very shortly after the signing of the […]

Jake Robinson: 20 Years of The Hottest 100

May 29, 2013

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Triple J’s Hottest 100 is the world’s biggest annual music poll is now 20 years old and to celebrate Triple J have been compiling a Hottest 100 that covers 1993-2012. Triple J has a unique place in how young Australians listen to music. In a country so geographically spread out, it’s remarkable that one radio […]

Managing Ambition: …Until Monstrous’s “Hotel”

May 27, 2013

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Keen experimentation is a luxury of student theatre; when there’s a safe space for exploration, why not go to the very reaches of imagination and ability? Josiah Lulham and Clancy Moore’s Hotel is a lesson in ambition; the show is both a celebration of adventure and a warning about managing conceptual experimentation. The concept is this: one […]

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Shakespeare among the Rubble: Union House Theatre’s “Third Person”

May 25, 2013

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Third Person is set in the ruins of Berlin in 1946, quite literally among the rubble of broken furniture and buildings. The city has been “cut up like a cake” after the fall of the Third Reich and tensions are starkly visible as lines of soldiers file through the Berliners scrounging among the ruins. With […]

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“The Hunt”, or “Mads Mikkelsen is a Perfect Human Being” by Caitlin McGrane

May 24, 2013

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First off, I’d like to start with an apology to readers of this column for its slightly morbid fascination with all things fucked up. A few weeks ago we had Mea Maxima Culpa, last week was The Evil Dead and this week I saw The Hunt. Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, A Royal Affair) stars as […]

Will Kay: Eurovision Song Contest 2013 by Category

May 23, 2013

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Every year the Eurovision Song Contest never fails to entertain. While this year didn’t quite reach the heights of the previous few years, it did manage to deliver the mix of confusion, ironic pleasure and legitimate pleasure that is the hallmark of Eurovision. This year Eurovision was held in Malmo in Sweden after Sweden’s Loreen […]

Matilda Dixon-Smith: R.I.P. “Smash”, You Divine Hot Mess

May 21, 2013

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There are just a few of us out there who understand the deep, resounding sorrow that accompanied the announcement that Smash, NBC’s troubled Broadway TV show, would not return for a third season. Considering the ratings for Smash’s second season—which were utterly dismal and prompted a move to the dead slot on Saturday nights, and then the […]