Alpana Sajip

Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is important today

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum; or, don’t let the bastards grind you down. This is the message that resonates from Margaret Atwood’s unsettling dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, and in Hulu’s new screen version it is indeed a difficult one to forget. Though set in an unknown, unspecified future, the events...
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Posted Jun. 28, 2017

“All the world’s a stage”: the importance of global Shakespeare

As a panicked second-year English student currently in the middle of writing her Shakespeare essay, you might find it surprising to hear me still insist, with bloodshot eyes and a stretched smile, that Shakespeare should be taught everywhere. The news that the South African government is planning to review the...
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Posted Apr. 4, 2017

‘Batty’, but brilliant – ‘Die Fledermaus’ review

There are always famous pieces of classical music one recognises but can’t quite identify. I went into the Arts Centre theatre knowing absolutely nothing about Die Fledermaus – or thinking I knew nothing. But as the band struck up the overture, the familiar jolly overtones of Strauss’ waltz resounded throughout...
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Posted Jan. 20, 2017

Warwick ACS presents #TheJourney: AFROFEST 2016

To say I was blown away by Warwick ACS’ Afrofest this year would be an understatement. The talent exuded by this colourful carnival exploring the cultural experiences of Black British citizens was the most joyful and fulfilling event I have been to in a long time. The theme this year...
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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

Review: Tosca

A tragic, romantic yet sinister opera: Puccini’s Tosca is dramatically set under the threat of Napoleon’s invasion of Rome at the turn of the 19th century. Director Ellen Kent, assisted by conductor Nicolae Dohotaru and his talented orchestra, has brought this tour de force masterfully to life at the Warwick...
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Posted May. 5, 2016

Performance is the most potent form of protest

Ahead of Protest and Performance Week at Warwick, The Boar takes a look at some of the most influential artistic protests in the last few decades as well as protests closer to home. On Friday 26 February, Warwick For Free Education (WFFE) took over University Road in an attempt to...
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Posted Mar. 10, 2016

Review: ‘Juno and the Paycock’ – “tugged at the heartstrings”

“Th’ whole worl’s in a terrible state o’ chassis!” Thus rings the refrain in Seán O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, brought to Leamington’s Loft Theatre this February by director Gus MacDonald. World-weary Juno Boyle (Mary MacDonald) is trying to keep her crumbling family together during the Irish Civil War, but...
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Posted Feb. 12, 2016