Lady in the Sheets: A ‘sex-drenched’ production at The Michael Pilch

Lady In The Sheets is a deeply probing study of the joys and plights of female sexuality. It tears off the veils of social propriety and sanitised euphemisms to reveal in all its uncomfortable truth, the harsh reality of femininity within an inherently androcentric society. The play is quite literally sex-drenched from beginning to end-pornographic […]

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Brutal, yet unquestionably brilliant: The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Playing in 5th Week from Wednesday, November 8th, to Saturday, November 11th, at the Keble O’Reilly Theatre, The Lieutenant of Inishmore is Tightrope Productions’s full text performance of Martin McDonagh’s intensely fast-paced, brutally violent, and often staggeringly funny 2001 play about a series of increasingly escalating violence in the small Irish island of Inishmore after […]

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Cyrano de Bergerac at Keble O’Reilly

The latest collaboration from Sam Norman and Aaron King, a new musical adaptation of the classic French tale Cyrano de Bergerac, is undeniably an entertaining showcase of musical and theatrical talent, on behalf of the respective writer and composer and frankly the plethora of talented individuals involved. From the original musical accompaniment throughout, to the […]

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Crime and Punishment: Ideal Viewing for Sleep-Deprived Students with Axes to Grind

   Fyodor Dostoevsky described his titanic novel Crime and Punishment as a ‘psychological account of a single crime’ – and this adaptation, put on by the Corpus Christi Owlets, distils the story down to this essence.  The original book is a 500-page monster that has long frustrated students with its whole chapters of meandering interior […]

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Talking to the Writers of Cyrano de Bergerac

Sam Norman is the playwright and Aaron King the Composer and Music Director of Oxford’s new musical, Cyrano de Bergerac.  What kind of involvement have you had with theatre in Oxford? SAM: My theatrical experience at Oxford has mainly been as a writer and spectator: Cyrano de Bergerac is the second musical I’ve written since […]

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Three Parallel Places at Michael Pilch Studio

Three Parallel Places is an ambitious new piece of writing by Hannah Chilve-Vaughan which, through its winning central performance, manages to capture the spirit of the itinerant classical figures by which it was inspired. The premise of the play is that three parallel places – Earth, Egalitaria and Autocratia – exist, and each act of […]

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Bacchae at the Oxford Playhouse

Presenting a play entirely in Greek to a modern audience might seem like an extraordinary task, but through the interplay of choreography, music, and outstanding individual performances, this production of Euripides’ Bacchae carries it off effortlessly. The Oxford Greek Play is steeped in tradition, occurring every three years at the Oxford Playhouse, and yet for […]

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A Modern Day Adaptation of Caesar in the O’Reilly

Plays are performed in places, and the effect that seemingly obvious fact can have on the play can sometimes be palpable. In the case of Cosmic Arts’s strong, new performance of Shakespeare’s Caesar, place seems to have an extremely high level of prominence. The site of the play’s performance, the Keble O’Reilly Theatre, is located […]

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