Persistent & Nasty: I realised something had to give and that’s when Persistent & Nasty was born

“I have been angry for a very long time,” says Louise Oliver, in a firm and steady tone. Looking around at the current cultural discourse, with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements gathering speed and acquiring as many detractors and supporters along the way, it may be hard for some to remember a time before this landscape. However, this anger has been building for a long time and is finally not only being noticed but also heeded. That is the nature of a cultural shift, much like the tectonic plates. Slight movements, barely noticeable, before, one day, unpreventable and irrevocable change.

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Review: The Pisces by Melissa Broder

What do women want? It is a question that, throughout the history of literature, mostly men have asked and mostly men have answered. With the cultural landscape finally seeming to shift, more works by women are getting published. This is an overdue embarrassment of riches, where women’s internal emotional lives and external struggles are being given the same appreciation as the near-exclusively male canon, without being pejoratively dismissed as chick lit.

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Review: Barry Crimmins – Atlas’s Knees, Fringe 2017

Despite the reverence with which his name is spoken in comedy circuits, Barry Crimmins is not announced. He simply walks onto the stage with his glasses perched on his head and his notes. Occasionally, he leans against the wall, giving the show a tone of having the good fortune to have struck up a conversation with the most interesting guy at the party who was quietly hiding in the kitchen.

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Review: Shappi Khorsandi – Mistress and Misfit, Fringe 2017

“I have no social skills,” says Shappi Khorsandi as she talks with the audience members in the front row. Maybe it’s false modesty or just being harsh on herself but Khorsandi certainly isn’t lacking in the performance skills department. Her self-described “loud, booming voice” carries well but the message of her show, Mistress and Misfit, is frustratingly meandering.

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Review: The Rise And Fall Of Marcus Monroe, Fringe 2017

Marcus Monroe is on a mission. Juggling is a much under appreciated art form. He’s going to get it the attention it deserves – by almost any means necessary. But the landscape for performance is riddled with branding and social presence and “numbers”. You have to do more than one thing these days and as for Monroe, he not only juggles, but jokes, too.

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