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Preview: Bouncers

John Godber’s play Bouncers is, in the playwrights own words, a ‘grotesque’ comedy of exaggerated characters, and the ‘Poor Player Productions’ version of it looks set to practically ooze this. The play, with a cast of four, is based around the preparation for a big Friday night, and moves fluidly from one set of characters […]

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Preview: Fat Pig

I arrive mid-rehearsal of Fat Pig into an intense argument that feels more like a courtroom drama than the scene of a comedy. Yet, the immediate connection I witnessed between characters solidifies what this play is about – human relations and interactions. Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig has been widely performed since its inception in 2006 […]

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Sneak peek: The Pillowman

What has resulted from days work at ‘The Pillowman’ is astounding. Lines learned and characters formed, this outstanding team is now looking at the several weeks they still have ahead as an opportunity to try on every possible version of their production and see which one fits best. Thomas Bailey’s innovative direction is crafting ‘The […]

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Preview: The Furies, by Aeschylus

An Oxonian institution worth celebrating, the triennial Oxford Greek Play is going strong. Following on in the footsteps of 2008’s ‘Agamemnon’ and 2011’s ‘Clytemnestra’, this year’s installment will complete Aeschylus’ trilogy with ‘The Furies’, under the directorship of Arabella Currie. Where 2011’s ‘Clytemnestra’ was unusually interpreted with elements of Japanese theatre,The ‘ Furies’ promises to […]

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Review: Henry IV, Part I

✮✮✮✮ With Henry IV, Parts I and II, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues the new cycle through Shakespeare’s oeuvre which began with the Richard II that saw David Tennant play the eponymous tyrant. This second instalment of the tetralogy has Sir Anthony Sher as its household name, as the infamous knight-come-clown Sir John Falstaff. […]

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