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Oh What a Night: Summer Ball ’19

Words by The Spark’s Entertainment Editor, Lois Plummer. 

The setting of a lilac sun signalled the start of the biggest and longest student night of the
year: the 2019 Summer Ball.

Excitement buzzed as students flocked to the open green behind the Students’ Union, adorned with glitter and festival-wear, ready for our very own end-of- year campus festival.

The brisk summer evening was graced with endless festival essentials: the flashing neon of fairground rides, the delicious smells coming from the food vans, and not to mention the nightlong supply of music.» >

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The Underrated Pokemon Game

Pokemon Black game case and Pokemon White game case

With the new Pokémon: Detective Pikachu trailer being released and the recent announcement of the new games, Pokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield, Pokémon has lately been the most talked topic among many people.

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A Doll’s House Comes to The Progress Theatre: A Review

A Doll's House

In this play directed by Adrian Tang, the word that comes best to mind is uncomfortable. Whether it it’s the strange age gap between the protagonist and her husband (that had every woman in the audience visibly cringing when they touched each other) or the awkward pauses in the action, the play does well to encapsulate the entrapping awfulness of the 19th century for women.

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A live review of The Orielles.

Last Wednesday, on the second stop of their UK headline tour, local promoters ‘Heavy Pop’ bought Halifax-born four-piece band The Orielles to grace The Facebar in Reading town centre. It would not be unfair to say that The Orielles are my favourite band playing music right now, and for good reason. Their music is exciting, energetic, and melodic, whilst managing to maintain a unique quality within a scene where it can often be so easy to sound like everyone else. Since the release of their album a year ago, they have been climbing ladders all over the place. There has been a buzz surrounding them after they succeeded in hitting No. 16 on Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year 2018, and also making the cover of the fabled underground ‘So Young’ magazine. Now they are embarking on a largely sold-out headline tour, which suffice it to say, made me look forward to seeing them perform.

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Remade, Rebooted, Reimagined: the video game nostalgia craze

Gaming consoles. Picture Credit BagoGames. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

From Resident Evil to Spyro to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to Dark Souls and, most infamously of all, Skyrim, it seems as if every popular game released within the last 25 years is getting rereleased and reimagined in some way. This phenomenon really started last console generation, with games such as Shadow of the Colossus, the Tomb Raider trilogy, and the Prince of Persia trilogy receiving HD remasters for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

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