Showcasing a day in the life of an Oxford Thesp. This week Rebeeca Roughan has let all that Shakespeare get to her head…

Friends, Oxonians, Countrymen lend me your ears! By the pricking of my thumbs, the play’s the thing, and there are many events in the womb of time which will be delivered. Music may well be the food of love but cakes and ale at the Turl Street Kitchen for the Shake Cake Bake-off are such stuff as dreams are made of. In Christ Church in 5th week meanwhile we will show you the picture of a play that was adored once, too and will be again: Twelfth Night. In 6th week in the Cathedral Gardens of Christ Church, Love’s Labours Lost teaches such beauty as you ne’er saw till this night (or matinee). I know a place where the wild thyme blows, in Uni Parks where Titus Andronicus is one good deed. There will also be many concerts (some free!) for the man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. For those with vaulting ambition there is a talk with Fiona Moorhead from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Emma Smith, Tiffany Stern et tu Jonathan Bate(us) will also speak again, bright angels. After so long grief, such festivity! A Shakespeare Festival, a Shakespeare Festival! My degree for a Shakespeare Festival!

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Rebecca Roughan