With the United States tying itself into knots following the death of Justice Scalia and the question of whether or not there is a convention against President Barack Obama nominating a replacement to the Supreme Court, we can see how important matters of justice are to real-world civilisations. The same is true of your fictional society; what happens when one of your citizens is arrested for a crime she did not commit?
Let’s take a look at justice and judiciary processes. Continue reading
In a week where controversy and argument continue to be raised regarding the UK’s Hinkley Point nuclear power stations, and the world continues to debate the damaging effects of “fracking” for gas deposits, we can see how important concerns of energy provision are in the real world. The forms and methods of energy generation in your fictional world can also play a large part in how that society works, and access to energy can make big difference to the politics of your fictional nation.
With Donald Trump continuing to make statements which many consider offensive to various groups, leading him to be branded a bigot by many, the concept of bigotry, racism and oppression is high in the news agenda and an interesting thing for us to examine here. Is everyone in your invented world treated equally, or are some groups more equal than others? Continue reading
XS Malarkey is still one of Manchester’s greatest treasures. Despite numerous venue changes over the years, it still manages to retain its magical combination of low prices, great acts and great atmosphere, along with a longstanding commitment to giving newer acts a chance to share the stage with established performers. Continue reading
With Oscar season once again utterly unavoidable, it’s time to talk about entertainment and the entertainment industry.
All civilisations have their own form of entertainment, whether that be television and movies, to Star Trek‘s holodecks in more technologically advanced societies, to simple campfire stories, mummer’s plays, and that moon in Firefly where they juggle geese. What kinds of entertainment you build into your world is very telling about how that culture works, and is well worth us examining it here. Continue reading
Laughing Cows Comedy has been promoting female stand-up acts across the country since 1998, and in that time has hosted a wide array of top-notch talents, including Jo Brand, Shappi Khorshandi, Isy Suttie and Jo Caulfield. Continue reading
September saw the début of a brand new monthly comedy night in Manchester. Based in the bar/theatre Gorilla (formerly known as the Green Room), their mission statement is to provide a weekend comedy night for people who actually want to listen to the acts. No stag and hen parties, no heckling and no talking over the acts allowed here – the evening’s organisers have nine years’ experience organising comedy events, and have a genuine love of comedy that goes far beyond the usual goal of getting punters to the bar, and this night is for people who love comedy as much as they do. Continue reading
Another day of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, and another highly entertaining performance – this time from up-and-coming female sketch double-act Norris and Parker. Continue reading
I’m going to get this out of the way first; I’m a gigantic fan of the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, and was delighted when they appeared on the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival bill. This is perhaps the ninth time I’ve seen them, and part of me is still surprised when Kev F. Sutherland steps out from behind the tartan screen and takes a bow at the end. There is something about the hosiery double-acts’ clearly defined personalities that absolutely fools you into believing that they are two separate entities. Continue reading
Part of the inaugural Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, Freestyle Fictionary is one of the less traditional comedy performances going; think “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” or “I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue”, but performed entirely through rap, and you’re on the right lines. Continue reading