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This march is International Women’s Month, with people across the globe celebrating the women who inspire them. Quite a few of these women have been characters from TV, with many people describing how their favourite female characters and actresses motivate them. This in itself is a good indication of how things have improved in terms of representation of Women in TV and there’s some good examples of this. From actress Ellen Pompeo who earns over $20 million per season of the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, to Phoebe Waller-Bridge who’s been responsible for some of the past few year’s best…

The Bangor University Archives and Special Collections are tightly tied with local heritage and cultural history, especially in terms of the many great landed estates of North Wales. This includes taking care of sizeable estate records. Indeed, the University is home to a staggering amount of collections from Welsh estates like Baron Hill, Mostyn, Penrhos, Penrhyn Castle and Plas Newydd. Most recently, the department has received a new collection from the Plas Newydd in Anglesey. The estate, dating as far back as 1470, has stood in the bank of the Menai Strait near the town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and housed historical…

Hannah Grimston is the president of the Film Society and a member of the English Dramatics Society.  She is a 3rd year Creative Studies student in the School of Music and Media, and wants to be a playwright in the future. Why did you choose to be a member of the English Dramatics Society? I was introduced to the society in the 2nd semester of my first year through Byron Dean. I later went on to work on his play for the Conwy One-Act Festival. I made a lots of friends in the society, it was very welcoming and very…

Originally a 1954 BBC Radio play, Dylan Thomas’ distinctively Welsh, working-class ‘Play for Voices’ stands out in the canon of modernist literature for its seductive combination of poetry and playscript. Set inside the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of the fictional Llareggub, exploring their dreams, fears and loves, the text itself is taught on a second year English Literature module here at Bangor. It is a somewhat left-field choice for the English Drama Society’s mid-year production; the slot that always draws the Soc’s largest audience, and has previously been occupied by more conventional theatre fare – a spooky, intense…

By Sinclair Davis Folklore, mythology and film studies; German studies. These are probably not the first words that spring to mind when thinking of designing games. But perhaps they aren’t as far removed as one might think. These are the respective PhDs of Dr Eben Muse and Dr Melissa Kagen, the professors at the head of Bangor University’s ‘BA with Game Design.’ And the course is fresh out of the gates! Consisting of six modules over three years, the program has only now completed three semesters – halfway. Muse and Kagen share an ambitious goal – in three more semesters,…

If you’ll be contemplating dying alone this Valentines Day like myself and food editor, Paige, here are some books to help deal with this. After all, Shakespeare himself invented the term lonely. ‘The Lonely City’ by Olivia Laing When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between works and lives — from Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks to Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules, from Henry Darger’s hoarding to the depredations…

By Zach Reading On Saturday 2nd February, 767 students from 21 bands arrived from around the country to participate in the premier event for University brass banding. This was the first time UniBrass has been hosted in Wales and it was masterminded by Chair and postgraduate Marine Biology  student, Sam Hartharn-Evans. The competition was split across two stages with Pontio’s Bryn Terfel Theatre hosting the Trophy bands and the Shield section taking place in Alun Hall. As the morning wore on and many bands arrived in Bangor for the first time, the trek from outside Pontio to contest control situated…

By Jord McEvoy ‘Where’s the music?’ is a cry heard all too often around Bangor, and on the surface, it may well seem that question has some validity. If you look away from the nightclubs and in the smaller, more enigmatic venues however, you will see that there is a lot more to Bangor than initially meets the eye. Our student populace has allowed us to expand on the arts and culture which were already prominent in the area, with the likes of Blue Sky Cafe offering sets from people both local and from all around the country. A mix…

For those who don’t know you, tell us about yourself and your links to Bangor? Hi, my name is Rory Farmer. I studied both my BA in Creative Studies and MA in Filmmaking at Bangor University. Since then I’ve also been lucky enough to teach for the School of Music & Media for a semester and currently work in the local television industry, so I’ve got really strong roots here in Bangor. You studied the Filmmaking MA here at Bangor, how crucial was it to progressing as a filmmaker?    The MA in Filmmaking was so vital in preparing me for the…

With Rostra’s second show of the semester, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, ticked on the to-watch list, one must wonder how to prepare to review such pleasant and surprising performances. Shifting from cocktail bar comedy to high society humour, Rostra greets audiences with a well-chosen cast, a well-staged play, simple and clean directing, and a lot of energy. There is much to be observed: Oscar’ Wilde’s unique style of comedy and use of language is delivered smartly. The lighting and decor are kept simple and to the point and the acting is vibrant and natural. Although 500…

BU Jazz Band performed at The Menai on the evening of Friday 30th November. The performance commenced at 8:30pm to a large, bustling audience. The band’s energetic opener served to add to the energetic atmosphere and the night was off to a fantastic start! The ensemble was composed of around 15 members, including vocalists who all contributed a high level of enthusiasm, which added to the lively nature of the evening. The performance encompassed a range of songs from the subdued ‘Moondance’ and ‘Come Fly With Me’ to the upbeat ‘New York New York’. After a short interlude, the second…

For many budding artists and photographers, displaying work publicly is a hard and daunting task. But the last week of November’s gallery night in Pontio, hosted by the Art and Photographic societies, had many students display their work to the public for the first time. The space was filled with various artwork, done in pen, pencil, paint and charcoal. Portraits of animals, portraits of people, self-portraits, caricatures, sketches and many more were lined up against walls, with some artists being credited for multiple artworks found in contrast by comparison, proof of diversity. Same could be said for the photographs; from…

Shifter, a student-made game in progress, is a mystery adventure with a sci-fi twist. Within the story, so-called ‘Shifters’ are capable of morphing into the forms of other people, allowing them to move undetected through the game world. The player character has just lost their father and, with his death, the answers to their fast emerging power. The gameplay revolves around this ability to transform, and a strong central plot. The game is an early prototype, by Anneka Dinham, 19, from Wolverhampton. She is a second year student in Game Design here at Bangor. She also happens to be a…

Bangor alumnus Rory Farmer brings us the first recipient of our newly-created Short of the Month spotlight, a feature designed to cherry pick the very best sub-20 minute films that you can watch on the go for an instant cinematic hit to keep you going. Blue Milk is a hilarious superhero mockumentary, following the life of travel agent Joe who – after an encounter with some iffy milk – develops the ability to turn things blue. Mad skills, I know. Taking cues from sources as diverse as The Office, The Tick, and the sharp-cutting sharper-satirising work of British auteur Edgar…

Bangor University’s aspiring authors are wanted for their book submissions. Salad Pages launched in August this year to help authors, within the age range of 22 and under, who may find it difficult to have a book accepted by a publisher due to lack of experience. The publishing house is now calling for manuscripts from Bangor University students. Salad Pages is the child of husband and wife duo Matt and Claire Napoli, who have a desire to make the process of publishing a book a positive experience. Claire has worked in publishing for more than a decade, and Matt is the Commercial Director…

On the run-up to Christmas, there’s few things as iconic as the family trip to the panto. Audiences from all around the United Kingdom travelled to Llandudno to enjoy the glistening production of Cinderella on its opening night. The evening is set with anticipation and buzz. Cinderella, the new pantomime in Llandudno has established itself in adverts on buses all around North Wales, as well as signs around the seaside town. Walking in to the auditorium the dressed-up panto curtain, projections and silvery snowflake decorations have an instant effect: cue wide smiles on people’s faces, cue the first toddlers fussing about,…

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