Although I’d still give a best company name prize to recent Edinburgh appearees (??!) Expial Atrocious, running them a close second is Smoking Apples – though I’d be hard pressed to identify why. The group have been around for about ten years and have carved out a definite niche for themselves by making use of puppetry and developing a particular visual style in order to explore issue led topics. Their 2018 show to celebrate the anniversary of women’s suffrage has continued to develop and was taken on tour backed by the Institute of Physics as a way of encouraging teenage girls to go into STEM based careers (science/technology/maths). In its latest iteration it has become a filmed record called Flux – Digital.
Satirical rom-com show turns gender stereotypes upside down in a fresh and funny evening.
Samantha Ellis isn’t a conventionally romantic writer; her 2014 book How To Be A Heroine rips apart those pre-conceived literary feminine icons and exposes them for who they really are.