Arts

5 Things to do Before you Graduate


Beth Carr provides a list of must-do things to do before you leave Royal Holloway

RHUL hits the Fringe: Singing on Skid Row


Michele Theil heads up to Edinburgh to review an old-school musical with a wonderful cast and crew.

Doctor Who’s regenerating – in more ways than one…


The casting of a new Doctor is actually a reflection of the intended audience, writes Beth Carr. Months of speculation and waiting ended at the weekend: not only did Federer win Wimbledon in straight sets but the identity of the next Doctor in Doctor Who was revealed. A hood was dropped and the secret of […]

Losing It: Reshaping Sex Education


CONTENT WARNING: Rape. Beth Carr shines a spotlight on alumna Nina Lemon and her play ‘Losing It’. Watching a musical about sex education isn’t the most usual Friday activity for students, but that is exactly the theme of the latest play by Peer Productions, written and directed by Royal Holloway alumni Nina Lemon. ‘Losing It’ […]

Medea: a monster, a mother, or a murderer?


‘A bride of hate to me and death / Tigress, not woman’ (Euripides, Medea) Medea: a monster, a mother, or a murderer? Victoria Bastable reviews her week with By Jove Theatre company and how their ‘Season of Violent Women’ has made her question the dehumanisation of violent women in culture from Ancient Greece to the […]

Flood of tears from laughing and an actual flood – wetting ourselves for the sake of comedy


Read Arts Editor, Josip’s, review of Drama Society’s production of Noël Coward’s ‘Hay Fever’. As part of the Drama Society’s 130th anniversary of Quad Productions, Amber Lickerish directs this light-hearted classic 1920’s farce focusing on family values, age and class issues and seduction, something us students can all resonate with.   The first thing that […]

Is audio killing the TV star?


Beth Carr discusses the new Doctor Who spin off content that is for your ears only. ‘Torchwood Series 5 confirmed!’, ‘Billie Piper returns to Doctor Who’ and ‘Fourth Doctor gains new companion’ are just some of the headlines that have graced the websites of TV news providers CultBox and Digital Spy over the last month. […]

Coffee House Sessions: Sonia Stein


The Orbital’s Arts Editor, Joanne Archer, reviews Sonia Stein’s performance at Coffee House sessions. If you are still unfamiliar with Coffee House sessions, you need to rock up at Tommy’s at 5pm on a Monday, order yourself a burger, sit back and enjoy. Each week, a new, up-and-coming artist sets up their makeshift stage on […]

Absolute Harmony Spring Concert: A Bright and Breezy Treat


On the 11th of March, RHUL’s resident acapella choir, Absolute Harmony, treated us to their Spring Concert in the Boilerhouse lecture theatre. For those not familiar with the choir, their website explains that they ‘sing a wide array of original arrangements, ranging from pop hits to film soundtracks, all sung in at least four (usually […]

Hamilton: I’m Willing To Wait For It


Sam Davis discusses how the Broadway sensation ‘Hamilton’ is moving to the West End. Hamilton: whether you’ve been listening to the soundtrack non-stop or have been lucky enough to see it live on Broadway, it’s a near guarantee that you’ve heard the name. The musical written and composed by the genius Lin-Manuel Miranda – whose […]