Last night I had the pleasure of previewing Kate Kennedy’s new Edinburgh Fringe show Hunch in the Soho Theatre - Upstairs. This was the first of two previews, and what a success it was.
So, after 10 long years we’re finally back on the island of Kalokairi with our favourite all-singing, all-dancing friends. I don’t know about you but the first film was the best I’ve ever seen. It truly is one of the most iconic of my generation. It picks you up when you’re feeling down, it's the best kind of film to watch on a sick day. I mean who doesn’t love a bit of ABBA to cheer them up—especially with this cast singing it. Thus, when it was announced that after a decade of waiting they would be releasing a second one, I was apprehensive. What if it didn’t live up to the first?
It recently came to my attention that the number of children’s books containing female protagonists is alarmingly low. My mother sent me a video with some disturbing statistics about the lack of female role models in children’s literature, urging me to start writing children’s books. We know that stereotypes develop early-on. Socialisation as children is a huge part of determining how men and women will be treated as adults. Therefore, it is shocking to see how men and women are portrayed and how young boys and girls are being socialised into seeing these grossly unfair stereotypes as normal.