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Fringe Diary – Day 4: Room with a Preview

04/08/2017

The day finally arrived . The day of our first preview. The first day of our run. What all the nerves, excitement, and relentless rehearsals has been leading to. It’s been a long road, but in a lot of ways a fun one. Now to get as much out of these next two weeks of performing as we can. We’ve got this.

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Fringe Diary – Day 3: What the Tech?!

03/08/2017

More rehearsals, more nerves, more exhaustion, more…well, more of the usual.

This day was built around the lead up to our tech rehearsal, our first and only opportunity to acclimatise ourselves to the performance space before we start the full run. There’s always a little bit of stress involved in days like this but I think we all maintained our composure…mostly.

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News · Political

A Time for Tactics: Election 2017

Well much to everyone’s surprise, though on consideration it’s not much of a surprise at all, we have a General Election to look forward too in less than two months.

It was a shock at first but let’s be honest; this is a beautifully clever (and rather underhanded) move on the Conservatives’ part. They have a historic lead in the poles at the moment and a General Election now is likely to gain them the largest Tory majority our parliament has seen since the days of Thatcher. Their main opposition is in shambles and falling apart from infighting. All logic suggests this should be a landslide victory for them, and I fear it probably will be.

But for those of us who consider ourselves anti-Tory, our duty now is to fight. Fight as

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Life · Political

Meninism: The Unnecessary Movement

tw: rape culture

There has lately been a bit of a row at my university. (When I say “my” university, I mean I finished last year but I still hang around campus and the drama society people because I’m sad like that). Anyhow, at my Alma mater, if you will, there was recently a bit of a row over one student’s attempts to start a ‘Men’s Forum’.

At the University there are currently 15 Forums, functioning as semi-political entities within the Student’s Union.  Sports, Societies, Postgrad, Mature Students, Welfare, you get the idea. Four of these forums are the ‘Liberation Forums’ created for protected groups that have suffered historic oppression and marginalisation: Students with Disabilities, BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic), LGBT+, and Women.  These serve to give traditionally underrepresented groups a voice within the political structures of the SU as well as bringing like-minded people together and promoting discussion and enrichment of experience.

One student however believes these are not enough, and that a Men’s Forum should be established alongside the others, for the discussion of Men’s Issues and Men’s Rights. Continue reading “Meninism: The Unnecessary Movement”

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The Ethics of Nazi-Punching

Last Friday saw Donald Trump officially sworn in as President of the United States, and, one assumes, the beginning of the end of the world as we know it. 

Saturday, conversely, saw one the most inspiring collection of demonstrations seen in recent times. The women’s marches across all seven continents, giving a beautiful middle finger to Donald trump and all the assorted bigotry and hatred he represents. I know a few people who took part and, were I not a disaster of a person who can barely summon the strength to get out of bed, I would have been with them. I think the next few years will be a good era for protests, thanks to Black Lives Matter paving the way. 

Another minor event that occurred over the weekend was a prominent Nazi, Richard Spencer,  being punched in the face. 

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Life · Personal

Wanting Not To Be

TW: Suicide

Should I be writing about this?

I think I go on about my problems a little too much on here. ‘You’re sad, Chris. We get it’. Nevertheless, I made a promise to myself in August that I would attempt to make this blog a much more regular and consistent project, and I have to write about something. My creative energy of late has all gone into a stage-play submission, so there are no poems or short stories to fill the space. I have nothing to say on nature at the moment, I’ve seen nothing I feel I can write a comprehensive review of, and there are no current affairs I feel I can add anything to in terms of commentary.

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