Category: Politics


The Tragedy of Macbeth

Yvonne Wancke
The Tragedy of Macbeth

If you are already a Shakespeare fan or expert, then The Tragedy of Macbeth worth a watch. If you are new to Macbeth then this film is a great introduction.


Full of sound and fury, signifying something…

Gareth Kearns

There is an old philosophical thought experiment that you will have heard of. It goes like this – “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” This old chestnut persists because it so beautifully demonstrates how language and meaning can impact upon how […]

What can you do about the Policing Bill?

Peter Burke
Policing Bill

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is going through the report stage in the House of Lords at present. You may also know that this bill contains provisions limiting civil liberties, in particular the right to protest peacefully.


Human Nurture at Live Theatre

Carol Westall
Human Nurture

Exploring race, privilege, allyship and masculinity, Human Nurture tells the story of two ‘could-be’ brothers whose lives are cleaved when one is rehomed, and the other is left behind in the care system.

To heat or eat in 2022?

Peter Benson
Ready meal

Many people, including right across the North East will have to make the hard choice of whether to eat or heat in 2022. We need to hold the government to account.

Poetry Corner

The Unhappy Winners

Harry Gallagher
UKIP - unhappy winners

Last night, I was unfortunate enough to overhear a meeting of the local UKIP party. I’ve never heard such an unhappy bunch of winners, their whole meeting seemed to be about settling scores with unbelievers!

North East History

From the Bauhaus to the ‘Bottom House’ at Boosbeck

David Walsh

It was a fascinating cultural mix involved with the work camps: well-meaning aristocrats, trade unions, desperate unemployed miners, European students and now a group of upper-middle-class, left-wing, London musicians thrown into the cultural melting pot.