The Playlist: Week 11

With the last week of the semester on the horizon, here’s a few cultural treats to keep you occupied. It’s nearing the General Election and Channel 4 are doing what they do best with ‘Ballot Monkeys’, a sharp satire on the election debates and mishaps with each episode written and shot just before transmission. The theatrical season ends this week with ‘Hamlet’ as its final fling. Part of the RSC’s Open Stages Project, the production will inject some ‘Nordic Noir’ into the Prince of Denmark. Irvine Welsh is back with his new novel ‘A Decent Ride’. Set in Edinburgh, the novel sees the return of Welsh’s rowdy cabbie Juice Terry from ‘Glue’ and the return of Welsh’s gritty appeal. Along the same thread, this week’s film ‘Glassland’ follows the relationship between a son and his mother in her battle with alcoholism in a classically British, jarringly honest and grittily powerful portrayal. And finally, this week marks the return of Under Canvas. Despite the new location on Lower College lawn, Under Canvas is keeping its festival vibe with an incredible line-up that will ensure your semester ends on a high.