In the wake of George Floyd’s death, I made a conscious decision not to engage with many of the stories, videos and online discussions. I uninstalled my Facebook and Twitter apps. I asked my Mum and sister to avoid playing one more documentary, one more YouTube video or article about the plight of Black people […]Read more "Reflections of a graduating Black Cantab"
There is a fundamental difference between the act of exhibiting and the act of exposing: one is willed, possessed, directed; the other leaves you feeling vulnerable and bare.Read more "Stuck in the Middle With You |Anki Deo"
Feeling like matter out of place can be to feel like you’re somehow adrift, unanchored from the things that make everyone else feel so settled and at home in their surroundings or identities, whatever those might be. That feeling of fundamental alienation can be such a painful one, and so difficult to reconcile, and it’s one that so many other people experience.Read more "Matter Out Of Place | Beatrice Obe"
I don’t think it’s unusual to hear that the cast of a play “just had so much fun” staging a production, or to hear an actor enthuse about the fact that a cast had become genuine friends whilst putting on a show. It’s a pretty standard line, and so I was unsurprised to hear it […]Read more "Preview: This Blood’s For You | Lizzie Bowes"
As I write this I am a grumpy second -almost to be third- year, with a mind full of dissertation and pre-reading and oh-my-god-the-Future-is-approaching stress and an ability to consume caffeine that both impresses and concerns a lot of people. And yet I can still remember exactly how it felt to be sitting on my […]Read more "To Freshers on Results Day | Lizzie Bowes"
SPACES is an astute combination of experiences lived and boundaries imposed, collated by a producer-director duo whose friendship inspired a deeper reflection on our parallel lives. SPACES identifies four key themes, each an unwavering facet of its strong-willed characters: mental health, faith, sexuality, and race. SPACES emphasises the universality of its themes, and so […]Read more "Spaces: Review | Zahra Seyyad"
Just as we identify, demarcate and understand physical spaces by the boundaries that divide them, SPACES as a play explores ‘how boundaries affect the ways in which we understand each other’.Read more "In conversation with: Raniyah Qureshi, producer of SPACES| Lizzie Bowes"
Growing up, stories of feminists of colour and queer feminists were largely absent from mainstream narratives that we were taught by our school and told by the media. Why doesn’t our curriculum teach us about amazing women of colour?Read more "Why The Silence: The Erasure of Women of Colour From Narratives of Feminist History | Sophie Zhang"
The Newnham x Robinson BME Open Mic Night held at the Robinson College Bar on February 11, 2018 was forcibly shut down by the Bar staff upon receiving complaints by white students that they didn’t enjoy the BME performances. The organisers share a response.Read more "Statement on BME Open Mic Night"
Before I envisaged my future and saw that it was inevitably queer, I struggled with my identity in that present. I struggled to contextualise my queerness within the history of my Kenyan and Ugandan ancestors. This is the legacy of colonialism that shapes my queerness today.Read more "The locations of those cracks: colonialism and queerness | Anonymous"