The Thursday night of the On The Rocks Festival saw Blind Mirth’s 21st Anniversary performance. Improv is a new territory for me, so I was hesitant about what was in store. Truth be told, a couple of things worried me. First, I was worried about the idea of audience participation, something I loathe both in theory and practice. Second, I was worried I wouldn’t find it funny, based on some of last year’s reviews, and the fairly empty theatre.
This year’s On The Rocks Festival line-up is bigger and better than ever and we are so excited to bring you coverage of the some of the best art and culture in St Andrews. Running from 5th to 14th of April, the biggest student-run festival in the UK will be showcasing the best of the town’s talent and we hope to see many of our readers there. We know that we will be trying to cram in as much of the programme as possible.
The St Andrews Revue exists as the University’s only standing sketch comedy troupe. The improv comedy group Blind Mirth gives the form a go during each On The Rocks Festival, as does the Comedy Society, yet The Revue is the only student group committed to the form. Unlike the other two groups, they are not affiliated with the Union.
The History Boys is the nation’s favorite play, and I can absolutely understand why. It’s funny, irreverent, ultimately heartwarming, and it provides a positive view of an experience almost every briton has had. I had a teacher like Hector myself, sans-abuse, and I know the positive impact a person like that can have. And this production brought a lot of that emotion that I know too well. But the energy that makes those moments, and this play, special, wasn’t there, and that lethargy, unfortunately, brought the play down from its peak.
As a journalist, interviews are quite an easy, care-free way to write an article, as you’re ultimately responsible for a small fraction of the content. At least they’re usually easy. But recently I sat down with Nishant Raj and Jamie Jones, the dynamic directing duo behind upcoming comedy, RolePlay. It’s best to imagine the following as spoken over a constant barrage of laughter from all parties.
St Andrews’ all girl A cappella group, ‘The Accidentals’ and the charity, ‘Women for Women’ combined their efforts to bring us St Andrews’ second annual ‘Women in the Arts’, showcasing a variety of different types of art forms including dancing, poetry and singing!
On a strange Saturday morning whim I decided to buy tickets to see Dylan Moran the following Wednesday in Dundee. Having watched all of Black Books far too many times (and definitely from a younger age than I should have been allowed), I was keen to see how the Edinburgh-based Irish comedian could entertain a live audience. Having taken a break since 2011, Off the Hook is his newest stand up show, and Dundee was the first night of his very long 50-night tour that takes him all over the UK.