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Photo by Pikist (CC0) Emma Rice’s theatre company Wise Children adapts Angela Carter’s final novel of the same name, in a thrilling theatre piece bursting with laughter, sex and music. Following the lives of twin chorus girls Nora and Dora, the play explores heartbreak and mistaken identities in a theatrical whirlwind of a show. The production begins with some of the cast already on stage – some are limbering up, some are checking the lighting, and a caretaker type figure watches the audience, who at this point is still murmuring. Only when the music starts up and the cast begins to dance…

At the end of a groggy year, there is no doubt that we have all arrived at Christmas having spent a lot of time in other worlds, whether it be through music, TV, or books. The arts have been a lifeline to so many of us this year; a helping hand in the most uncertain of moments. Books are always a great solace and comfort in a chaotic world, and as we send gifts to friends or celebrate on Skype, we will all be sharing our favourite reads from lockdown with loved ones. The same will be said for my…

Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch Players: 1 Price: £5.79 (Steam), £6.29 (Switch) A Short Hike is a charming game focused around exploration, overcoming obstacles and helping others. You play as Claire, a bird whose vague goal seems to be to climb a mountain, but there’s plenty else to do along the way. The game’s world and characters are very visually appealing. As you run, climb and glide about the place, there’s something interesting to find at every turn, and traversing the environment is enjoyable in itself. As you meet different characters around the island, you take up various opportunities to help…

I love local multiplayer. There’s something about sitting in the same room, even on the same sofa, with people as you play games with them that just can’t be replicated by online multiplayer, despite its convenience. As we head into the holiday season, it’s worth considering giving some of these games a go with the people you live with. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Platform: Nintendo Switch Players: Up to 4 Price: £49.99 It’s a little pricey, but almost everyone has played and enjoyed Mario Kart at some point. It’s straightforward for those who don’t play a lot of games to…

Photo by Fezbot2000 While your 2020 plans may not have gone as you wished and Christmas will certainly look and feel a little different this year, there is still hope for TV to bring some festive cheer to your living rooms. We may not be spoilt for choice as in previous years, but there are some exciting treats to circle ahead of the big day! From comfy Christmas specials, to glossy costume dramas and warm family favourites, we can thank the TV gods they managed to finish production mid-pandemic. So, in true festive tradition here is a rundown of what…

Following the announcement of 2020’s Booker Prize Winner last month, bookshops have been shouting from the rooftops – rightfully so – about Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. Yet, while the book world gets excited for another modern classic, many of us are also still reeling from the publication of last year’s winner. No, not Margaret Atwood, but Bernardine Evaristo, specifically, Girl, Woman, Other (2019). “This is Britain as you’ve never seen it. This is Britain as it has never been told. From Newcastle to Cornwall, from the birth of the twentieth century to the teens of the twenty-first, Girl,…

Photo by Pixabay (CC0 1.0) Scenes for Survival is a growing collection of short digital artworks that have been created in response to Covid-19. Each piece is curated by a team of creatives and artists to reflect the impact the lockdown has had on individuals. Out of a huge number of films, I chose to watch ‘Naeb’dy’ and ‘Future Perfect Tense’. ‘Naeb’dy’ is a 6-minute film that takes place in the future, where things have reached the extreme. It is made up of video diaries detailing one man’s experience of the virus in a year’s time. Each entry is given…

License: (CC BY 2.0) Author: LoMit The Overboard stars return for their 2020 Christmas sequal.  The Christmas Chronicles 2 released in November 2020 to get viewers feeling festive and ready for Christmas. The feature stars Kurt Russell reprising his role as Santa Claus and Goldie Hawn as Mrs Claus, alongside Judah Lewis, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. The film had a limited theatrical release prior to being  streamed on Netflix on November 25 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kate Pierce, the sweet innocent younger sibling from the previous film (now a cynical teen) is unhappy over her mom’s new relationship, and…

Photo by Nicolas J Leclercq As this year draws to a close, many people will happily leave it in the past without a second thought. 2020 has been a long up-hill struggle, changing normal life and time as we know it. In between the chaos, I’m certainly grateful to continue my position as TV editor for another year and can’t wait to write more articles to share for you all. Through the incredible resilience demonstrated by millions, here are the shows to remember, that helped us pull through a bizarre and confusing year as a new one lies ahead ……

At the end of another semester at Bangor, it is nearly time for the Christmas holidays; this year, the end of semester is a little bittersweet. Because of COVID-19, the next few weeks will feature the end of any in-person classes and a mass-migration across the country for any student going home. Whether you’re going by train, sharing a car with housemates or hopping on the bus, it’s going to be a long ride home for Christmas. Your phone battery may run low, the Wifi might be terrible, so what better way to spend your time than delving into a…

Photo designed by Freepik, www.freepik.com Watching Rosie is a 12 minute-long play that covers the experience of a person living with dementia during the lockdown. The entire short takes place over a video call between a grandmother and granddaughter, giving the audience insight into a personal conversation that is both funny and moving. The play opens with ‘Hiya’, some light piano and guitar music, and what is now a familiar sight – a video call between relatives. Straightaway we are shown Alice’s playful side. She hides from the camera while Rosie worriedly calls ‘Gran!’, who then pops up from the…

Photo designed by Freepik, www.freepik.com Developed out of a collaboration between Bangor’s Pontio and families from North Wales, Theatr Iolo’s Platform Program has enabled the unique construction of the Welsh-language play Chwarae, by Elgan Rhys. Theatr Iolo is a theatre company that seeks to produce shows which invite children and young people to learn and get creative. True to its objective, the production follows the protagonist – a young boy, most likely of a similar age to those in the audience – who must adapt to changes and learn to accept new challenges; his journey encourages the audience to explore…

Photo by Javier Grixo When there is a crisp chill in the air and we spend a lot more time indoors (making the most of the limited daylight of course) you may find yourself shivering at your desk, with ink-stained hands, rearranging books and papers sprawled under a dim lampshade. As on-campus teaching comes to an early close on December 4th, perhaps you feel a sense of limbo, completing your online classes from home before relaxing over the Christmas break. Thankfully, there is plenty of inspiration that can be gained from watching TV shows when working in your study spaces,…

Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch Players: 1 Price: £10.99 (Steam), £14.99 (Switch) Aviary Attorney had been sitting in my Steam library for a while before I recently decided to load it up and give it a go. I’ve never played any of Capcom’s Ace Attorney games, which Aviary Attorney is inspired by, so I was hesitant to try it, I didn’t really know what to expect. I’m happy to report that I had a fantastic time with it, and wish I hadn’t deliberated so long. The art in this game is beautiful, with characters being represented through detailed sketches that help…

Photo by Wan San Yip for Unsplash (CC-by-SA 4.0) In a shortlist hailed as “the most diverse” to date, one author has come out on top. The winner of this year’s Booker Prize, announced last week, was Douglas Stuart for Shuggie Bain. After months of anticipation, and an award ceremony later than usually planned (thanks, Covid-19), we finally have a winner who no doubt will go on to join the prestigious ranks of Booker alumni. The Booker Prize is one of the highest accolades in literature and acts as a huge selling point within the English language book trade. From…

Photo by Markbarnes (CC BY-SA 3.0) Wrexham, one of the world’s oldest football clubs, has ended up being owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. The football club, who were founded in 1864, have been fan-owned since 2011 when the Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) took control. “This is the third-oldest club on the planet and we don’t see why it can’t have a global appeal,” said Reynolds. “We want Wrexham to be a global force.”  The pitch was effective, with WST members voted overwhelmingly to back the takeover with 98.6% of those who responded backing the bid. Out of…

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