Belarus Free Theatre

Belarus is the last dictatorship in Europe. Under president Lukashenko’s regime, freedom of the press is severely restricted, media organisations are routinely harassed, and every one of its 25 theatres are state run. In 2005 Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada established the Belarus Free Theatre; they were soon joined by director Vladimir Scherban.They immediately became […]

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Verging on the edge of success

High tragedy is a brave route for student drama to pursue. High comedy is the same. This new English dramatisation of La Chatelaine de Vergi (Chastity on the Verge), however, is rather firm in its defence of the middle ground. We’re not supposed to cry, but nor are we supposed to roll in the Burton […]

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Die Frau is to die for

Any play produced in Oxford that is not in English gets the disadvantage of doubt. And not entirely unfairly. The brutal reality is that, when it comes to actors who can work in a language other than English, the pool of talent is a small, unprecious puddle. Far too many Latin plays have driven the […]

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Knot taking our breath away

  You might know the Old Fire Station as that modern-looking contemporary art gallery in Gloucester Green, where you can buy expensive postcards and designer mugs, or other such arty kitsch. Maybe you’re an upstanding member of the community who has helped out in the Old Fire Station Crisis Skylight centre on Broad Street. But […]

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Preview: The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie is one of Tennessee Williams’s best-known plays. From the few scenes this preview offered, it seems that the audience will face a rather conventional interpretation. This is no bad thing, however, as the talented acting looks set to make this production both excellent and emotionally-charged. The Glass Menagerie centres around the Wingfield […]

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Preview: The Trial

Hypnotist Theatre’s production of The Trial will be short on costumes, props, scenery, and space—and that’s all to good effect. The play is Steve Berkoff’s adaptation of the Kafka novel of the same name, so you know you’ll be in for a bit of a strange ride through the corridors of beuracracy and power. The […]

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Preview: 1984

This production could be better named 1984 B.C. It is more visceral than clinical, more heart-washed than brain-washed: Big Brother is not obeyed, but adored with primordial passion. Take the opening of the play, the notorious Two Minutes Hate sequence. Anya Meinhardt’s choreography jolts the actors into a sort of tribal ritual. Like broken metronomes, […]

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