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Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey have been cast in an adaptation of video game The Last of Us — but should the TV iterations look more like their digital counterparts?


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Sustainability is most simply defined as the capacity for the biosphere and human civilisation to coexist. Today, as the smoke from raging wildfires darkens skies across the US and the Antarctic’s so-called Doomsday Glacier continues to dump billions of tonnes of melting ice into the ocean, the impact of human activity on our environment is starker than ever.

Sustainability has long been the watchword of those striving to soften and slow these harmful consequences by reducing our energy consumption, production of non-recyclable waste, and the amount of CO2 we fill the atmosphere with.

But sustainability is a slippery concept. And…


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Despite the government’s best efforts, I will not be ‘rethinking’, ‘reskilling’, or indeed ‘rebooting’ my way into a career in ‘cyber’. Having amassed nearly a decade of theatre directing experience, as well as recently rediscovering a knack for writing, I, like any enterprising millennial, would much rather repurpose my precious skills than reboot (or discard) them.

Over the last couple of months, as the furlough pay from my side-hustle box office job tapered off, I’ve been working freelance for Glasgow-based events company Think Different Events. …


Like many events companies worldwide, Glasgow-based firm Think Different Events Ltd have recently seen all their work move online. With team members working from home and international conferences going virtal, everyone has had to improve their Zoom game. To that end, here are their top ten tips for optimising online meetings.

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While already commonplace across many industries, the use of video conferencing technology has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the opportunity it presents to reduce carbon footprints, coupled with ongoing uncertainty around whether to return to pre-COVID working practices, video conferencing is very much the new normal.

By now…


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Christoper Nolan’s long awaited Tenet finally arrives in cinemas next week (in the UK at least), and looks set to be his most mind-bendingly time-warped film since Inception (2010). At this point, Nolan is practically making films set within his own universe — one of temporal twists and blue-green colour palettes.

But take a look back at his first three feature films: Following (1998), Memento (2000) and Insomnia (2002), and the influence of film noir in his early career is unmistakable. Double-crossing femme fatales, hard-boiled detectives and brooding voiceovers from unreliable narrators. Nolan deployed classic noir tropes to root these…


The COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably changed the working lives of UK arts industry professionals. In a wide ranging series of interviews, conducted during the UK’s ‘hard’ lockdown, I learn how creatives have adapted their practice and daily routines in order to maintain their creativity, solvency and sanity.

My final ‘musicians’ interview is with choir leader and musical director Katherine Tye. Based in Nottingham, she currently works for Rock Choir, the largest contemporary choir in the UK and runs choirs across the East Midlands. …


The COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably changed the working lives of UK arts industry professionals. In a wide ranging series of interviews, conducted during the UK’s ‘hard’ lockdown, I learn how creatives have adapted their practice and daily routines in order to maintain their creativity, solvency and sanity.

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In the penultimate ‘musicians’ interview, I speak to musical director and pianist Katy Richardson — former Musical Director of the hit West End show: SIX The Musical, for which she is currently Associate Musical Supervisor (UK and Australia). …


The COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably changed the working lives of UK arts industry professionals. In a wide ranging series of interviews, conducted during the UK’s ‘hard’ lockdown, I learn how creatives have adapted their practice and daily routines in order to maintain their creativity, solvency and sanity.

In the second of four interviews with a variety of musicians, I speak to Gennie Joy, a freelance clarinettist & music educator, and Greg Link, who sings bass in vocal group Apollo5. They are highly experienced music practitioners whose work ranges from public concerts to schools’ workshops both in the UK and internationally…


The COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably changed the working lives of UK arts industry professionals. In a wide ranging series of interviews, conducted during the UK’s ‘hard’ lockdown, I learn how creatives have adapted their practice and daily routines in order to maintain their creativity, solvency and sanity.

My first four interviews feature a variety of musicians. First up is Jac Cooper, a composer for video games, theatre and film. While being mostly London-based since originally training as an actor at Bristol Old Vic, he spoke to me from Wales where he is locked down with his family. Find links to Jac’s social media, along with a few things that have been keeping him busy during lockdown, at the end of the interview.

What were you doing in mid-March as the arts industry began shutting down? And how did the subsequent lockdown initially affect your work? My girlfriend…


Cast of Space Force Season 1/Netflix

Whether deliberate or not, Netflix’s new original comedy, Space Force, cannily dropped over the same weekend that SpaceX became the first commercial company to send NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. The perfect backdrop for a new show primed to capitalise on a renewed interest in space flight — as well as to take some satirical swipes at Trump’s own, actual, Space Force.

Sadly, this Space Force fails to lift-off, despite boasting the reunited forces of The Office: An American Workplace ‘s (2005–13) showrunner Greg Daniels and star Steve Carell. It’s brimming with fun ideas, most of which fail…

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