Review: Blow

The title of the prolific Flo Read’s latest offering at the Burton-Taylor studio rather unfortunately brings to mind tired puns on two of student drama’s most tired themes: drugs (nasal), and sex (oral). The play does feature sex, and does (briefly, indirectly) feature drugs – but it would be a grave injustice to reduce the […]

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Preview: Titus Andronicus

Landing neatly on the week of Halloween, this production of Shakespeare’s (disputed) early tragedy Titus Andronicus promises a dark, gory spectacle, perfect for the season. When I visited the rehearsals I was only able to see a section of the play, but within that short time was taken on a breathless journey through passion and […]

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London for the Thrifty Thespian

I was recently informed, by a bearded new acquaintance who was accompanying me on a late night walk through Leicester Square, that theatres in London are, without exception, “morally objectionable”. His argument hinged on his idea that the producers of The Book of Mormon charged £200 a ticket with the express purpose of restricting culture […]

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Romeo and Juliet: star-crossed or cross-eyed?

Another year, another Shakespeare play at the Crucible. But while in recent years these plays have sometimes struggled with odd set dressing and middling performances, this year up-and-coming director Jonathan Humphreys has managed to deliver an absolute belter. This play’s version of Verona is decidedly grungier than the ones we’re used to seeing. A minimalist […]

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