First night review: Contractions

Frankie Goodway reviews the opening night of Contractions at the Burton Taylor studio. The first night of Contractions at the Burton Taylor was rather excellent, when all is said and done – and all was said and done at a terrific pace, both actresses ploughing through the script so quickly that a fifty minute performance […]

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Stoop-endously good comedy

Frankie Goodway reviews She Stoops to Conquer at the Keble O’Reilly Theatre. The Trinity Players have chosen a cracking script for their garden play. She Stoops to Conquer is an eighteenth century comedy that invites an audience to chuckle at the misfortunes of two London dandies when they mistake the house they’ve been invited to for an […]

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Preview: Sunny spells, but Rain stops Play

When I’m told that The Rain Starts A-Fallin’ turns on the remembered conversations of five sixth-formers I have a horrible feeling I’ve seen this play before. Comparisons to The History Boys seem unavoidable, despite the fact that one of them is a girl. Indeed, the first few minutes, filled with ‘banter’ over Wilfred Owen poetry, […]

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Do you give a shit about Shakespeare?

It was Shakespeare’s birthday on Monday, or so Twitter thought (though the controversy over christening dates blah blah etc. is probably as well known as the date itself.). Still, who cares about that? Or, as my editor so astutely put it ‘YAWN… oooh, a lolcat!’ before wandering off. Yet for a while my Twitter feed […]

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Theatre and Politics

Humanitas is a series of Visiting Professorships at Oxford and Cambridge intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities. One of the fields included is Drama and after Athol Fugard’s inaugural stretch last year, Vanessa Redgrave has become the second Visiting Professor in […]

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