Preview: King Lear

Stephen Hyde’s vision of King Lear is absolutely fascinating, if not quite terrifying. The production concentrates on the essential human self and, more importantly, the animalistic nature that lies within.  Whilst all of the characters are explored in this way, the investigation, of course, focuses on Lear himself, played by James Hyde. He is an insecure and […]

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Preview: The Duchess of Malfi

Webster’s Duchess of Malfi is one of the best-known works of English 17th Century Drama. Pretty unusual for the BT then, you might be thinking. What director Cara Kenny and her team have realised, however, is that the underlying tensions of the play – the devastating impact of gossip and rumour – are more relevant to us […]

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Pitching a capella: In The Pink

The sweeping fame of all male a capella group, Out of the Blue, who were recently retweeted by Shakira, has put Oxford a capella on the map. With multiple groups around the university, there is something to cater to everyone’s tastes. In The Pink are the female counterparts of Out of the Blue, and along […]

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Plenty of Emotion

“I would stop, I would stop, I would stop fucking talking if I ever heard anyone else say anything worth fucking stopping talking for” – Susan Traherne’s hysteric outbreaks reverberate throughout David Hare’s Plenty. A former Special Operations Executive courier during World War II, Susan’s words encompass the uneasiness of a woman whose promising past proves a […]

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Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Review

✮✮✮✮ It’s exactly what it says in the title. Josh Dolphin and Penny Cartwright have adapted (well, not so much “adapted” as transposed) David Foster Wallace’s postmodern collection of short stories for the stage, transforming the prose into a series of blistering monologues, and the result is rather electric. We open on the cast huddled […]

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Potosi Review

✮✮✮ After Richard Parker and The Dumb Waiter last week, it is perhaps easy to make the case that the Burton-Taylor has had enough two-handers focused on male relationships in intimate settings for one term. The third such play on the trot, Potosi marks itself out from these efforts by focusing more on interesting characters […]

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Why do we laugh at satire?

As I sat this week in the plush Theatre Royal Haymarket amidst hoards of laughter watching Richard Bean’s delicious satire, Great Britain, a recurring thought was plaguing my mind: are we laughing at these characters because we agree with the playwright’s spotlight parodies of them, or are we laughing because the portrayals are so ludicrously far from the truth? […]

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The Inter-vue

The Revue’s Audreys are back this term. The comedy nights run by the Oxford Revue are going to take place on Tuesday of 1st, 4th and 8th week at the Old Fire Station. Barney Fishwick (one of the presidents) and Dan, the producer of the Audreys, tell us the committee are looking for people to […]

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