Impact Magazine

Impact is The University of Nottingham’s official student magazine. We are published by the UoN Students’ Union and have been in operation since 1939.



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Isabelle Hunter

Isabelle Hunter

Undergraduate journalist with a passion for music, social media, world news, and lifestyle. Final year English student at …

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Lilith Hudson

Lilith Hudson

MA Magazine Journalism student at City, University of London. Previous Head of Lifestyle at the University of Nottingham's …

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Lucy Robinson

Lucy Robinson

Hi, I’m Lucy, and I specialise in reviews and opinion / features pieces. I have a particular interest …

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Keith Testa

Keith Testa

Writer and editor based in New Hampshire.

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Myron Winter-Brownhill

I am a writer with an interest in culture, politics, and their intersection.

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"A Brilliantly Entertaining Production"- Theatre Review: Shrek The Musical @ Theatre Royal

Carlton Operatic Society’s production of Shrek The Musical is an all-singing, all-dancing comedy adaptation from Dreamwork’s Shrek. Nottingham Theatre Royal was buzzing with excitement before the spectacular show, and it certainly did not disappoint. Izzy Hunter reviews. Having seen the West End production nearly 10 years ago, I entered the theatre with some expectations about how the night would pan out, but I was blown away by the professionalism of Carlton Operatic Society. The similarities
By Isabelle Hunter
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"An Outstanding Mix Of Humour And Emotion"- Theatre Review: Wuthering Heights @ Theatre Royal

Amrit Virdi shares her thoughts on Wise Children’s clever adaptation of Wuthering Heights as it comes to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from 26th – 30th April. With Wuthering Heights being a well-known classic from Romantic author Emily Brontë, and one of my favourite novels, I had to take the opportunity to see Wise Children’s take on the story at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. With it being quite an intense plot, complicated at times, I was intrigued as to how this would be translated onstage, parti
By Amrit Virdi
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It's Time To Rethink The Ethics Of Reality TV

Channel 4’s documentary Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime analysed the consequences of one of the UK’s most popular reality TV shows – most recently, the suicide of Steve Dymond in May 2019. When a guest takes their life just a week after filming, for a show that repeatedly faced criticism over its unethical nature, we should be urged to investigate the roots of the issue, as clearly changes need to be made. There has long been controversy surrounding famous reality TV shows. Urmi Pandit explor
By Urmi Pandit
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7 Ways Students Can Support Ukraine

With millions of innocent Ukrainian civilians displaced from their homes and normal lives, it is vital that the rest of the world do whatever they can to show support for those families who are suffering, and provide as much care as possible. As a student, you may often feel helpless as you are limited in finances and power, or perhaps you just don’t know where to start. So, Urmi Pandit has compiled a list of ways in which students, in particular, can do their bit to help the situation in Ukrain
By Urmi Pandit
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Impact’s Music Essentials: Female R&B

Contemporary, female-led R&B music promotes empowerment, confidence and femininity. This is achieved through the messages of self-love and self-worth championed by certain talented women who dominate the genre. There have been many influential female R&B artists over the years who have created recognisable, popular anthems that I’m sure you’ll have heard. So, ranging from the late ‘90s, to the 2000s, and finally to the modern music scene, here are my top ten picks of some of the best songs withi
By Urmi Pandit
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Interview: THE GOA EXPRESS

Burnley bred five-piece, The Goa Express, approach the industry with an air of assurance as their friendship and love for music seamlessly unites them. Amrit Virdi chatted with vocalist James Clarke as the band prepare to head out on tour. ‘’We were all into music and decided it got a bit boring just listening to it, so we started to do it ourselves,’’ Clarke reveals in relation to the band’s origins. Clarke and his brother Joe who became the keyboardist for the band met the other members, Joey
By Amrit Virdi
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''All The Cast And Crew Deserve Huge Praise'' - Theatre Review: Punk Rock @ NNT

A play about a group of school kids taking their A Levels in Stockport turns dark when mixed with raging hormones and exam stress. Nottingham New Theatre’s performance of Simon Stephens Punk Rock had the audience on the edge of their seats throughout. Isabelle Hunter reviews. ”You have to see this play,” is what I told my housemates after seeing Punk Rock at the NNT. I came away gasping for air whilst laughing and crying; an undeniably incredible production that left every audience member shaki
By Isabelle Hunter
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International Women's History Month: Women Who Inspire Us

With March being International Women’s History Month, the Impact Features team reflects on the women who inspire us. From musical icons to best friends to political figures, these women have inspired for their resilience, their humanity and their intellect. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bernadine Evaristo’s work, I recommend that you pick up a copy of her book Girl, Woman, Other today. She is the first black women to win the Booker prize with that novel, and I enjoyed reading it so
By Urmi Pandit
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Interview: Yard Act On Debut Album ‘The Overload’ And Breaking Into America

Following the surreal success of their debut album reaching Number 2 in the UK charts after the intense graft the band have put in playing shows all over the world to put their name on the map, Yard Act are well and truly making their, very British, mark on the industry. As they embark on tour following the announcement of their 2022 Coachella set, Amrit Virdi caught up with the band for Impact. “I love the backdrop,” guitarist Sam Shjipstone muses as I tune into the Zoom call with my fairy-lig
By Amrit Virdi
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Interview: KAWALA On Their Debut Album ‘Better With You’ And Their Current Record Store Tour

After their acoustic gig at Rough Trade in Nottingham to celebrate the release of their debut album ‘Better With You,’ Isabelle Hunter sat down with Daniel McCarthy from KAWALA to discuss their current record store tour, musical inspirations, and favourite tracks from the album. Buzzing from just finishing their acoustic gig at Rough Trade, McCarthy started by telling me their schedule for the record store tour, explaining they’ve performed at two or three different venues per day. Despite bein
By Isabelle Hunter
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"Transferred His Infectious Energy To The Eager Audience"- Live Review: Alfie Templeman @ Rescue Rooms

On March 9th, Alfie Templeman took to the stage at Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms, and brought the energy of indie-pop to life. Despite his young age, and being open about his struggles with anxiety, his stage presence was unmatchable as he seamlessly worked with his band to give a new lease of life to his feel-good discography. He transferred his infectious energy to the eager audience, which Amrit Virdi was a part of, as she shares her thoughts on the show. Arriving at Rescue Rooms early, I was luc
By Amrit Virdi
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''I Felt Instantly At Home With This Audience'' - Live Review: KAWALA @ Rough Trade

KAWALA are a British indie-folk band, formed in 2017 when Jim Higson (vocals) and Daniel McCarthy (vocals and guitar) met as students in Leeds. From then on, the band expanded with Reeve Coulson on bass, Dan Lee on electric guitar and Ben Batten on drums. On March 7th, the group performed an acoustic set in Nottingham’s Rough Trade to celebrate the release of their debut album ‘Better With You.’ Isabelle Hunter Reviews. Upon entering the venue, I knew this would be a show to remember. From firs
By Isabelle Hunter
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"It's Fair To Say I Left A Happy Man With A Skip In My Step"- Theatre Review: Urinetown @ Nottingham Arts Theatre

For one weekend only, Musicality’s production of the dystopian Urinetown: The Musical is live at the glamourous Nottingham Arts Theatre. This production is sure to raise a few hairs on the back of your neck, but is it Musicality’s powerhouse performance, or just the nippy theatre interior bringing audiences out in a shiver? Big-coat-owner Tim Ovenden wagers his thoughts. Despite a frankly off-putting title, Urinetown: The Musical rarely stains its audience with toilet humour (for better or wors
By Tim Ovenden
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Taylor Swift vs. Damon Albarn

Time and time again, we see women’s achievements in the music industry belittled and undermined. Amrit Virdi delves into the most recent example of Damon Albarn (inaccurately) criticising Taylor Swift’s songwriting approach. Lead singer of Blur and Gorillaz, Damon Albarn has made a name for himself in the industry, winning 5 Brit Awards with Blur and being nominated twice as a solo artist. That is why his controversial comments about songwriting in a recent interview with the LA Times were so s
By Amrit Virdi
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Sex On Film: Necessary Or Superfluous?

Whether you’re singular or a mingler this Valentine’s Day, Tim Ovenden propounds you read on. A question will be asked: sex scenes – yay or no way? One thing’s clear, this could get racy. Picture the scene. You’re sat around the box with the fam tucking into a hot, new drama. It’s an engaging watch and good fun is being had by all, when suddenly two characters start kissing. ‘Get your kegs off,’ someone might say. Then off the onscreen kegs fly, so you all hastily avert your eyes and wait for t
By Tim Ovenden
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Is Indie Music Having A Mainstream Moment?

Although some music fans have long been keen to disregard indie as an individual music genre and instead see it, in its plainest sense, as a classification for music produced independently, indie has largely held a position distinct from the popular. Arguably, indie music was most prominent in the public eye in the nineties with the likes of industry giants Oasis and Blur, but it seems we might have been witnessing its mainstream revival in recent times. Rhianna Greensmith explores this topic fo
By Rhianna Greensmith
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Interview: SPINN

Upon the upcoming release of Liverpool-based SPINN’s second studio album, ‘Outside Of The Blue’, Amrit Virdi chatted to frontman Johnny Quinn about the band’s beginnings and future, musical influences and introspective songwriting. To start with, how did you meet and what brought you together as a band? Honestly, I met Sean in Urban Outfitters so maybe an interest in somewhat overpriced vintage wear is what brought us two together. Louis and Luke on the other hand I met through music; Louis at
By Amrit Virdi
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A Look Back At 2021

We begin our rewind on January 4th 2021, when Johnson announced a third national lockdown – something that everyone had seen coming over the last weeks of 2020 with both the covid infection and death rates soaring. A stunning way to start off the new year. Perhaps I am remiss in saying that everyone saw the lockdown coming, as it seemed like the entirety of the government was in the dark, with Johnson announcing on the 3rd of January that children should be sent to school as usual on the follow
By Poppy Read-Pitt
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Ariana Grande: In Review

Amrit Virdi ranks and reviews the discography of Ariana Grande. From her roots as a Nickelodeon star to becoming one of the most famous names in pop, I have been a fan of Ariana Grande since her ‘Victorious’ days, and her music has defined my teenage years. As her discography evolves, with her experimenting in R&B on her latest records, I thought now was an apt moment to reflect on her releases so far. Grande’s debut album, ‘Yours Truly’ is quintessential pop at its finest – and I simply only
By Amrit Virdi
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Charli XCX: In Review

Is Tim Ovenden a Charli XCX superfan? No, he couldn’t get through five minutes of her BBC Radio 1 podcast without losing interest. Does he consider her music to be the most boundary-pushing pop of the 21st century? Some of it he does. Has he listened to all of her albums? Why yes, he has. Good, that’s the only requirement needed to rank them. With Charli XCX’s new album looming on the horizon (‘Crash’ – 18th March 2022: save the date), the fanbase is split over which direction the popstar is go
By Tim Ovenden
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Movie Runtimes: How Long Is Too Long?

How long is too long? Does length matter? How long should it last? No, this isn’t an advisory sexual health page (although if it was, my answers to all three would be ‘it depends’). No, instead, Tim Ovenden examines the running times of movies, hoping to conclude the *ahem* perfect length. As someone who recently sat through all 3 hours and 54 minutes of the dismal Chinese drama An Elephant Sitting Still, there is no better person for the job. With recent movies like Dune and No Time to Die pus
By Tim Ovenden
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2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Has F1 Lost Its Integrity?

With the two championship leaders level on points as one of the most epic battles in motorsport drew to a close, no one could have predicted the final lap drama that took place at the Yas Marina circuit. Amrit Virdi discusses the race and its aftermath, and what this means for the future of Formula One. Heading into the race weekend, tensions were undoubtedly at their highest between Mercedes and Red Bull, as both had the constructers and driver’s championships well within their reach. After th
By Amrit Virdi
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