Notes On... Dogs on Netflix

Notes On... Dogs on Netflix

My Instagram explore page is 90% dog videos and 10% No Context Louis Theroux posts. I lose hours of my life watching Huskies try to find their hiding owners and German Shepherds catching treats in slow motion (with hilarious consequences, obvs). What I’m saying is, I can and do watch the most banal of dog-related content, so praise be to Netflix for creating some beautifully shot, tear-inducing, quality canine TV too.

Read More

Women, Power, Protest

Women, Power, Protest

As you walk into Gas Hall, a huge holographic wall stretches out to the left, brandished with the words Women, Power, Protest. We all know BMAG don’t shy away from sensitive subjects (oh hey Coming Out), neither do they do sensationalism. For this show, they've created a space that's accessible for everyone despite the pretty intense subject matter. But joyously, the overtly glittery, pink, "feminine" aesthetics continue throughout.

Read More

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

I was 16 when The Lovely Bones was published, just two years older than the main character, Susie Salmon, who has been murdered and is now trapped in some kind of in-between. The heavy subject matter made waves through my school year, and in particular me and my angsty group of pals, but the story doesn’t seem like the easiest thing to translate to stage. We talked to designer Ana Inés Jabares-Pita about the challenges of creating a set showing both the everyday and the afterlife.

Read More

Notes on... The Cry

Notes on... The Cry

Did you watch The Cry? Don't answer that, we can't hear you. But if you didn't, you really should. Written by Jacquelin Perske, and from the novel by Helen FitzGerald, Jenna Coleman leads in a psychological, chronological flip-flopping thriller that will merrily twist your guts around its little finger. And it will do so with double the torsion if you're a parent.

Read More

Notes on... The Multi-Hyphen Method

Notes on... The Multi-Hyphen Method

This isn’t a book about freelancing. It’s not a book celebrating job insecurity. The Multi-Hyphen Method by Emma Gannon is a book about creating a new blueprint for the workplace and finding a career and a definition of success that works for you. Next time someone asks what you do, rather than say "I'm a Model-DJ-Actress-Instagram Influencer", just tell them you're a Multi-Hyphenate.

Read More

Reppin' the peeps

Reppin' the peeps

One Artistic Director. One Associate Director. Two professional actors. 100 members of the public. The Rep’s production of Woyzeck is one helluva undertaking. What could possibly go wrong? We had a right good conflab with Roxana Silbert at The Rep ahead of the pioneering show about the story, the theatre and what it's like to produce a play with 100 non-professional volunteers from the community.

Read More

Happy Feet

Happy Feet

On any normal weekday, you’re just pleased if you’ve managed to shower and get on the bus by 8am. But this won't be an ordinary weekday. June 1 is the first day of Birmingham International Dance Festival and Morning Gloryville will have you up and raving by 7am. Leftfoot DJs, yoga and smoothies will make sober raving easy, dare we say just as the press release claims, exhilarating? The exercise is just an added bonus. So we’ll see you down the front, oui?

Read More

Notes on... How to Survive the End of the World

Notes on... How to Survive the End of the World

We haven't read this book. Okay, that's not strictly true, we haven't finished this book, but we're admitting it to you. We're not willing to rush this one because, having had first hand experience with anxiety and depression, we can literally feel this novel doing us good as we read. And deadlines, quite frankly, are anxiety-inducing d*ckheads.  

Read More

The (publishing) year of the woman

The (publishing) year of the woman

Fewer women win the Man Booker Prize than men. Books about women are less likely to win prizes than books about men. And in 2015, Kamila Shamsie published a piece in The Guardian proposing that throughout 2018 all new titles be written by women. And Other Stories was the only publishing house in the UK to take up the challenge. We've been talking to their fiction editor, Tara Tobler (pictured), in advance of her appearance at Birmingham Literature Festival.

Read More