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Michael Grant and Charlie Higson: Cheltenham Literature Festival Review

Charlie Higson (L) and Michael Grant (R)

By Daphne Armstrong

Imagine a world filled with maggot-infested zombies, mutant powered children and ravenous creatures. Sounds a bit far fetched? Well, not for the infamous Michael Grant, author of the thrilling “Gone” series and Charlie Higson, creator of “The Enemy”, who gave a talk in the PAC as part of the Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sunday 5th October. Discussing everything from violence in literature to tips for your own writing, it was an event not to be missed by fantasy-horror fans across the board!

A Feast for the Senses

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Alice Chambers reviews ‘From Morning to Midnight’ at The National (January 2014), directed by Dennis Kelly

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As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014.

As a keen lover of The National Theatre, I went to watch this unnerving play on a torrential Saturday afternoon. With the chaotic mounting of prep before Exeat hanging on my shoulders, I unfortunately had not researched the play before I went. Therefore, with much anticipation and a completely open mind, I awaited this performance.  It is the story of a bank clerk, who becomes intoxicated by a client and in a moment of elation, steals the contents of the till in a mad rush to pursue her. After becoming aware of his blatant error, he battles with himself, consequently deciding to embark on a journey of self-discovery; his ultimate goal being to find an experience worth purchasing as well as a reason for living.

Metamorphosis

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As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo.

By Tofe’ Ayeni

Last term, I took part in The Cheltenham Ladies’ College’s production of Metamorphosis, and I must say that I felt like quite a celebrity for a while, albeit having had a relatively small part.

International Music: French Favourites

By Alice Rouget

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013)

The world of French music has long been dominated by dramatic figures such as Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, and Edith Piaf, amongst others. France has never really been considered a great exporter of music “for the youth”; however, this has all changed in the last decade or so with the emergence of new groups and successful comebacks.

I’m a Celebrity

By Charlotte Jiang

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013)

I am sure that it has come to the attention of many of you that the thirteenth series of ‘I’m a Celebrity; Get Me Out of Here’ was released recently – if you didn’t know, then I’d say that you are perhaps living in a hole.

A Taste of Theatre

Alice Chambers gives you a flavour of the theatre as she reviews recent shows in theatres all around the UK. From a pastor with a past to Argentinian political royalty, she’s really got it all covered.

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013)

Theatre Review: Ubu Roi

Ubu Roi

By Synnøve Karlsen

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Play: Ubu Roi

Company: Cheek by Jowl

Rating: 4/5

A few weeks ago, I travelled to the Oxford Playhouse to see a modern interpretation of Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, directed by Declan Donnellan and performed in French with English surtitles. As a rather rude play full of boyish humour, it was originally aimed as an attack at Jarry’s old school teacher. It received so much criticism that it was only ever performed once in Jarry’s lifetime as it was condemned for its mockery of a bourgeois, hedonistic society. The play is about an old, fat, and crude man called Pa Ubu who aims to seize the throne of Poland and become incredibly rich through the use of his cardboard-cut-out horses and ‘the whole polish army’. The intentionally obscene and ridiculous plot mocks early 20th century Parisian society.

Coming to a Screen Near You

Cinema

By Allegra Ayida

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Late March to early April is normally that time of the year when New Year fever has worn off,  yet it isn’t quite summer and dreaded exams are fast approaching. Have no fear, film is here… *Ehem*… Or something to that effect. Two favourite genres of mine are Science Fiction and Fantasy and let me give you three good reasons why all is not lost; the Brits are storming America.

Sherlclock Countdown to Season 3

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By Becky Todd

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Fans of the BCC’s drama series Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) will be pleased to hear that filming for the much anticipated third series began earlier last week. The latest series aired over a year ago, ending the finale with an impossible cliff hanger: Sherlock faking his own death. During the hiatus, fan theories for Sherlock’s survival have become steadily more wild and fantastical, ranging from scientifically-accurate to ludicrous.

‘Gone with the Wind’ – The Film Disappointed

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By Isabella Crane

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

When I first picked up Gone With The Wind, I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting. But whatever it was, it definitely wasn’t that it would be a book that would make me sit up, locked in my room, until four o’clock in the morning because I physically couldn’t put it down. The belles, balls, and beauty of the South had me completely hooked, and when I finally finished the last page, several sleepless nights later, the book had affected me so profoundly that I was honestly surprised that the Earth was still revolving.

You can imagine my reaction, then, when I heard of the movie, filmed in 1939. Ten Academy Awards, earned more than any other film previously in history, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, the classic film of the 1930s, blah, blah, blah. It’s bound to be good, right?

Wrong.

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