It would be difficult to overstate how excited I was to hear that Little Women would be the Just So freshers’ production. This is one of the most underrated musicals of all time: a quirky, irresistibly heartfelt adaptation of Alcott’s classic novel packed with songs you’ll keep singing for weeks.
Just So Society’s production of the classic musical Sweet Charity was performed with verve, vivacity and confidence. Director Hanna Lawson has brought to life a complex set of moving parts in a bold, brash, joyous show that didn’t take itself too seriously and set a smile on every spectator’s face.
Although St Andrews is referred to as The Bubble, there are more events going on in the small town that one may realize. With Halloween right around the corner, local shops and University societies are eager to get students in a spooky and festive mood. From themed food to night life, there is plenty to keep any Halloween lover occupied. Make sure to clear your calendar because Halloween 2015 is horror-packed:
Widely advertised as the Just So society’s first show in the reopened Byre and with a team of well-known figures in the St Andrews’ musical theatre scene, The Last Five Years had a lot to live up to on its opening night.
It’s week five and the St Andrews fashion season continues with the hotly anticipated Don’t Walk this weekend. New to TV screens this week is ‘Critical’, a medical drama that refuses to cut the gore and with each week presents a new case with intense realism. A different kind of pain lies at the heart of Cake that explores the effects of emotional trauma through, what is rumoured to be, Jennifer Aniston’s greatest performance to date. The Byre plays host to the first Just So society performance since 2012 this week. ‘The Last Five Years’ is a song-cycle musical oozing with contemporaneity as it follows the making, breaking and remaking of a marriage. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ fills the gap that lies in historical records after the Roman occupation of Britain. Think ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’ meets Kafka and you’ve got this dark age thriller.
Three days before Halloween round about 9 o’clock you may or may not have seen a scary sight in the form of large groups of corseted, high heeled, stocking-laden students making their way to Venue 1. These people were going to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a weird and wonderful musical/ movie mash-up of rock and roll. The original 1975 comedy horror film was set to the roaring cast of the Just So Society and a host of scantily dressed, heavily made-up audience members.
You know who won at the Oscars, you know who won at eh BAFTAs, but tonight, you find out who wins at the Golden Seashells! Tonight, for the first time ever, Mermaids is properly celebrating the shows that we’ve all enjoyed so much throughout the year.