A Freshers guide to Oxford drama

  It is fair to say that the opportunities to do some form of drama at Oxford are almost endless. With three or four shows minimum on an almost weekly basis, there is almost always a need not only for actors but equally for producers, technicians, set designers, stage managers, marketing managers, costume designers and […]

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Interview: ‘REPLAY’ at the Fringe

  Summarise REPLAY in one sentence. The play is the confession by a lonely music teacher of her intense attachment to a student, but this confession is highly stage-managed to the extent we can never be sure of the nature of the ‘relationship’. In what ways will the experience of performing REPLAY at the Fringe be different from when you performed it in Oxford?  Oxford of course […]

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1984 staged: audience complicit in Orwell’s dystopian nightmare

✮✮✮✮✮ Adapting George Orwell’s dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four is no small feat, but one which Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan master within 101 fraught, uninterrupted minutes. The collaborative effort of the Almeida Theatre with Nottingham Playhouse and Headlong delivers an alarmingly convincing resurrection of Orwell’s totalitarian nightmare and conjures a new creation that interrogates the purpose […]

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Shakespeare on the Seine

I’ve seen a lot of Macbeth witches in my short life, but I’ve never seen any that are quite so… orgasmic? There’s definitely an unnervingly sexual tone to these witches in ripped wedding dresses. Their take is far more alarming than any of the three-girls-with-green-hair-and-pointed-hats-attempts I saw at school. The infamous ‘bubble bubble’ scene follows directly on […]

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Sun shines on Globe’s Anthony and Cleopatra

Rheanna-Marie Hall  ✮✮✮✮ This year is the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, and at The Globe a suitably historical theme has been adopted: Shakespeare’s plays of Rome. The theatre proclaims its 2014 season to be a display of ‘mankind’s endless capacity for conflict’, and the stories of the people caught within. Antony and Cleopatra, spanning […]

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Review: Othello

As a play of such magnitude, it seems only a ‘National Theatre’ production would do ‘Othello’ justice. Femi Nylander’s performance however, set in the more relaxed surroundings of the Christ church fellow’s garden, managed to change the flavour without reducing the play’s poignancy. Here, the grandiose tragic elements were played down in favour of a […]

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The view from the cheap seats

  Self-described ‘‘circus arts and street entertainment’’ group Cirque du Soleil are partnering with James Cameron for an Avatar-inspired arena show. That’s James Cameron, not David – although if the film was anything to go by, it’ll be just as long, boring and testosterone-fuelled as PMQs. Aled Jones is hitting the West End – no, […]

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