Kafka’s Dick

first_imgThis production of Kafka’s Dick, directed by Sophie Buchan and Sara Carroll, is an excellent interpretation of Bennett’s absurdist comedy. It focusses on the relationship between Kafka (Simon Motz) and Brod (Thomas Eyre-Maunsell), both of whom give energetic and vivid performances. The production examines the relationship between these two characters, and brings out too the lighter, more farcical side of the play to create some truly funny moments. The scene in which Brod tries to hide from Kafka the fact that he did not burn his books brings out the best of Eyre-Maunsell’s acting talents. Kieran Wanduragala’s Sydney is a banal man, and his contemptuous dismissal of Juliet Lough’s Linda is effective and in sharp contrast with Kafka’s encouragement of her more thoughtful side. The play works in pairs, and the dialogue between Kafka and Linda is especially effective. The directors have chosen to emphasise the literary allusions in the play, in order to highlight its subtext, and to make its satire as accessible as posible. This allows both those familiar with Kafka, and newcomers to his works, to appreciate the play. The production is ideally suited to the BT, as the intimacy highlights the absurdity of Bennett’s world, as well as emphasising the interplay between the characters. The themes which run through the comedy are excellently drawn out in a production which is both thoughtprovoking and entertaining.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Price, Release Date, Gameplay, Review, PC System Requirements, and More

first_imgAssassin’s Creed Valhalla is releasing next week as the 12th major instalment in Ubisoft’s most popular action RPG franchise. Valhalla has you playing as Eivor (who can be either male or female), a fierce Viking raider who must lead his people in a violent war against the Anglo-Saxon empire in 9th century AD. While Assassin’s Creed titles are usually an annual affair for Ubisoft, the company notably took a break of a year after the release of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in 2018. The last time the studio took a year’s break, it came up with the radical Assassin’s Creed Origins in 2017 that completely overhauled the gameplay mechanics, making it more RPG-focussed than the previous chapters. Given the fact that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has been developed by Ubisoft Montreal — the same studio behind Odyssey — it can be expected that the upcoming title might take series fans by surprise once again.From Assassin’s Creed Valhalla price in India to release date, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming action adventure.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla release date- Advertisement – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set to release on November 10 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Stadia. It will be a launch title on PS5. Xbox One and PS4 users will automatically get a free upgrade to Xbox Series S/X and PS5, respectively.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla priceAssassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition is priced at Rs. 3,999/ $59.99 for both PlayStation and Xbox platforms.For PlayStation users, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gold Edition is priced at Rs. 6,499/ $99.99 and the Ultimate Edition is priced at Rs. 7,149/ $119.99. For Xbox, the Gold Edition is priced at Rs. 6,499/ $99.99 and the Ultimate Edition is priced at Rs. 7,199/ $119.99.- Advertisement – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla won’t be available on Steam. Instead, PC gamers can digitally avail the Standard Edition on Epic Games Store for $43.99 (roughly Rs. 3,300), the Gold Edition for $73.99 (roughly Rs. 5,500), and the Ultimate Edition for $79.99 (roughly Rs. 5,900).On Ubisoft Store, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition is priced at EUR 59.99 (roughly Rs. 5,200), the Gold Edition is priced at EUR 99.99 (roughly Rs. 8,700), and the Ultimate Edition is priced at $109.99 (roughly Rs. 9,600).Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will also be available for free access via Ubisoft+, formerly known as UPlay+. You can subscribe to the service for $14.99 (roughly Rs. 1,100) per month.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla pre-order bonus, editions- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be available in three editions: Standard, Gold, and Ultimate. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Standard Edition will feature just the game along with a bonus mission (pre-order only): The Way of the Berserker.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Gold Edition additionally comprises the Season Pass that will offer access to new content, map locations, gear, as and when expansion packs are released post launch.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Ultimate Edition comprises all of the above, along with the Ultimate Pack that includes Berserker gear, settlement, and longship packs, along with a set of runes that can be used to upgrade your character.Post launch, the Season Pass content will be furnished with two new story expansions. While Wrath of the Druids will take you deep into Ireland where you venture through cursed forests and take on magical creatures, The Siege of Paris will let you relive one of the most violent battles in Viking history.Additionally, the Season Pass will also comprise a bonus mission called The Legend of Beowulf where you get to hunt down a mysterious beast wreaking havoc in the English countryside.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplayWhile the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey relied heavily on the player constantly levelling up via accumulated XP, activities, and gears, Valhalla looks to focus less on the traditional levelling system and bring the spotlight on its diverse skill trees that will help your character gain new abilities to take on tougher challenges as the game progresses.As Eivor, you will engage in fierce battles and lead raids to gather loot to upgrade your Viking settlement, called Ravensthorpe. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s official site hints heavily at choices made during the game, be it combat or conversation, to impact the storyline and final outcome of the main story campaign.Your settlement’s growth depends on how your raids go and how your legend grows. You can build upgradeable structures such as barracks, shipyards, or even a tattoo parlour. This may come in handy as your quick go-to spot for quick customisations and upgrades, saving loads of time wandering about in the world trying to find a blacksmith. Apart from acting as your home base for quick upgrades and mission briefings, Ravensthorpe also offers several side activities such as throwing lavish feasts, drinking games, and spitting a fiery verse or two in Viking rap battles known as flyting.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla allows for a lot of customisation as well. For starters, your protagonist can either be male or female, just like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. However, unlike Odyssey, players will have an option to switch between the two at any point during the game. Players will also get to customise the character’s hairstyle, warpaint, and tattoos. In earlier games, all we could do was change the protagonists’ armour and clothing. This is the first time that the series will dive into the world of focussed customisations.The Assassin’s Creed series has never really disappointed on the combat front and with Valhalla, the game brings in a dual wielding-oriented gameplay that can be used to combine any weapon on your roster, including shields. The weapons you choose will heavily affect your combat style. Eivor’s bow can be tweaked as well, fitting it with nifty explosives and poisonous gases.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will also be bringing back some series classics, such as the iconic Hidden Blade that allows for one-hit assassinations, and social stealth mechanics that allows you to hide in moving crowds with a slip of your hood. Eivor can also feign his death, luring inspecting enemies close for a quick kill. The good old Eagle Vision is now retitled Odin Sight and players will be accompanied by a trusty raven called Sýnin who will come in handy in scouting areas from afar.Assassin’s Creed PC system requirementsCommon requirements that are essential to play Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in any settings include 64-bit Windows 10, a GPU with support for DirectX 12, and 50GB free storage space (SSD recommended).Assassin’s Creed Valhalla PC minimum system requirements CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1Ghz / Intel i5-4460 3.2GhzGPU: AMD R9 380 4GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GBRAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode) • Resolution: 1080pTargeted framerate: 30fps • Video preset: LowAssassin’s Creed Valhalla PC recommended system requirements (1080p/ 30fps) CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2Ghz / Intel i7-4790 3.6GhzGPU: AMD RX 570 8GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GBRAM: 8GB (Dual-channel mode)Resolution: 1080pTargeted framerate: 30fpsVideo preset: HighUbisoft has given us four more PC configurations, for those that wish to play the game with high refresh rates or in 4K.Assassin’s Creed Valhalla reviewAssassin’s Creed Valhalla reviews will be available starting November 9 at 3:01am PT (4:31pm IST), according to OpenCritic.Will Xbox Series S, PS5 Digital Edition fail in India? 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WBA 99th Convention begins Wednesday

first_imgTHE World Boxing Association’s (WBA) 99th Convention will raise its curtain on Wednesday with several important activities during four intense working days, in which they will take a look at the history of their organization and boxing in general, but with an eye on the years to come.The WBA is the oldest organisation in boxing, and therefore it has a great responsibility with the sport and the paths to take in the years to come. The pioneer organisation decided to take the lead in the midst of the challenges boxing is facing, and to be at the forefront of the situation.This convention is the kick-off for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the WBA, which will be hosted in Moscow in July 2021. The most important topics today will be discussed through the different forums of the agenda, which is adapted to today’s reality.The General Assembly will be held on Wednesday, when the President, Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, will meet with the Directorate members to talk about current affairs of the WBA starting at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern United States).Thursday will begin with the Championships and Classifications meeting at 10:00 a.m., followed by a short presentation from Mendoza at 11:55 a.m., in which he will talk about the 99 years of WBA history and will present the forum that will have the participation of the most important promoters in boxing history, Don King and Bob Arum.On Friday at 10:00 a.m., the “Challenges in Boxing” forum will take place. Mendoza will talk about the current challenges of the discipline together with British promoter and president of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, and with the renowned journalist Claudia Trejos.The day will continue at 11:00 a.m. with the “Boxing and Gender Equality” forum, where the great fighters and defenders of women’s rights Miriam Gutiérrez, Claressa Shields and Hanna Gabriels will compete with Orlando “Phenomenon” Cruz, the only boxer who has declared himself gay.Finally, at 12:00 p.m. the day will be completed with the “Amateur Boxing” forum, in which the two-time Italian Olympic medalist Clemente Russo, former world champion Omar Narvaez, WBA Director Miguel Torruco, and Ricardo Contreras, president of the Mexican Boxing Federation, will participate.The last day will be Saturday, with presentations from the Medical Committee at 10:00 a.m., followed by the forum “Veganism and Boxing”, with the participation of Chris Algieri, Bernard Hopkins and President Mendoza. The day will close with the Judges and Referees Seminar.The 99th Convention will set the table for the 100th anniversary of the pioneer organization, aiming to lay the foundations for the years to come and to remain at the forefront of the sport. (Fightnews)last_img read more

Rohr Embarks On Player Scouting Mission Ahead Of Zambia Clash

first_imgSuper Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has embarked on a player scouting mission for the team ahead of the make or mar 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo next month.According to our sources, Rohr left the shores of Nigeria on Sunday night for a 4-day holiday trip to Europe with his family and he is expected to run the rule over Nigerian players plying their trades in various European leagues.The Franco-German tactician would be joined in Europe by newly appointed foreign goalkeeper trainer, Enrico Pionetti, on Monday with the search for a suitable goalkeeper for the Super Eagles high on Rohr’s scouting mission.Former Niger Republic and Gabon manager Rohr has led the Super Eagles to the brink of qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia with 10 points from four games in Group B. A win against Zambia on Matchday 5 will seal a berth and this explains why the aforementioned Rohr is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that his team secure the much expected spot for Russia 2018.RelatedOFFICIAL: Eagles Coach Rohr Signs New Two-Year DealJanuary 17, 2018In “National Team”Rohr Confirms Poland Friendly, New Physical Trainer For EaglesDecember 11, 2017In “National Team”Rohr Has No Plans To Ask NFF For New ContractMarch 16, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more