Unveiling Rosalind Franklin at Hampstead Manor: Women in STEM

On Monday 15th March 2021, a tondo portrait of Rosalind Franklin was unveiled in a virtual session at Hampstead Manor. Mount Anvil commissioned artist Keziah Burt to make the portrait, which depicts Franklin framed by formations of DNA – whose structure she was instrumental in discovering. Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) was a British scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA, and provided insight of the structure of viruses. Without her work, we would’ve struggled to understand today’s p

Monkey @ NNT Quarantine Season

This virtual performance piece Monkey, written by Libby Horobin and Jake Levy, perfectly captures the struggles of lockdown and the desperate need for human interaction over a Zoom pub quiz. The play centres around a group of five friends trying to overcome their own boredom in a virtual quiz that has become familiar to so many of us. With power dynamics underpinning the friendships, and one particular friend “Danny”, played by Charlie Bellwood, dealing with an escalating drug addiction, it’s n

Sexism Within The Film Industry: A Fight Against The Male Ego?

Keira Knightly has recently spoken up against filming sex scenes directed by a man, and how she refuses to cater to the male gaze. The term ‘male gaze’ was coined by scholar and filmmaker, Laura Mulvey, who wrote an essay highlighting that in cinema, women’s human form is an object of desire and used as a sexual stimulus. In this sense, men have an active role in viewing and women have a passive one, in being the object. This concept shows how the objectification of women in media has been inte

Ancient Theatre Through Modern Eyes – Looking At Medea, Circe And Helen From A Feminist Perspective

Throughout the history of theatre, plays have been dominated by white, middle-class men who always have the space on the stage to tell their stories. Stretching back to Ancient Greece, where democracy was first founded, it’s easy to see that women had a specific role to play; to serve the men in their lives. Looking back now, we can examine these plays through a new feminist lens, and reveal how the women in these plays were actually strong and independent. Throughout this article, I will be wa

Banning Materials From Anti-Capitalist Groups In Schools; A Form Of Censorship And A Move Towards Totalitarianism?

The UK government has banned schools from using materials produced by anti-capitalist groups in England. In a cleverly disguised way, it has linked anti-capitalism resources with the promotion of racism and anti-Semitic language, as well as to the opposition to free speech. But, by banning schools from using resources from anti-capitalist groups, the government is restricting our right to free speech with the refusal to encourage open discussions on what capitalism actually means. Whether you

Stop Caring More About Property Damage Than the Lives Of Black People – Pride Began With Rioting Too

In celebration of Pride month, I’m going to take you back to the 1960s, where homosexual relations were illegal and the riots that initiated Pride began. Picture this; it’s the year 1969 in New York City, you’ve recently discovered your sexuality, and wish to express it freely. However, its illegal to even dance with someone of the same gender, let alone to be openly gay. There is some refuge; secret gay bars and clubs across the city where you can express your sexuality and socialise with othe