Shakespeare, gender and unorthodox rehearsals with Ed Hall

Director Edward Hall is best known for creating the all-male theatre company, Propeller, who perform Shakespeare plays, re-imagined to relate to a contemporary audience. However when I ask him about it he describes the iconic Propeller as an “accidental theatre company”.  Having initially approached the works of the ‘bard’ with trepidation and “a degree of […]

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Playwright Lucy Prebble: “Fall in love and dream and doubt”

Lucy Prebble’s show Enron premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2009, and later transferred to The Royal Court due to popular demand. She wrote the screenplay for Secret Diary of a Call Girl, starring Billie Piper, which ran from 2007 to 2011 on ITV2. Her more recent work The Effect won the Critic’s Circle […]

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Why do we do it? The purpose of student theatre

Any poor soul who has tried to coordinate their cast and crew’s timetables will, through the haze of google docs and doodle polls, almost definitely have screamed, ‘WHY?!’ Between this ‘non-negotiable’ class and that ‘compulsory’ lecture, we might start to think that putting on a play was nearly impossible at university. Yet, each term, tens […]

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Review: The Doctor in Spite of Himself

✮✮✮ An uproarious and self-aware comedy, The Doctor in Spite of Himself puts together an admirable performance, despite the difficult material. The first problem to overcome with Moliere’s comedy is translating the gags, by which I mean taking the innately French humour and making it palatable to an ignorant Anglophone audience (such as yours truly). […]

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Review: The Importance of Being Earnest

“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing.” And, indeed, St Hilda’s Drama Society brought style to their production of Oscar Wilde’s 1895 The Importance of being Earnest. Wilde’s play is a tale of deception, social obligation, and farce, that lies somewhere between self-parody and deceptively flippant commentary on society and […]

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The Coronation of Poppea promises to be “beautifully crafted”

“The music.” Producer Katie Jeffries-Harris’ immediate answer to the question of why choose The Coronation of Poppea may be short and sweet, but her enthusiasm is almost tangible. Choosing to run an abridged concert performance of Monteverdi’s opera, rather than the full staged alternative, means that Poppea will be focused almost entirely on its musical […]

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Iolanthe is Magic

Preposterous, outlandish, and ludicrously absurd, Oxford University’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of the comic opera Iolanthe is a hilariously entertaining show that will keep audiences in stitches from start to finish. Masterfully directed by Zoe Firth, the performance is a rollicking musical romp among the dimwitted and incompetent ruling class. Poking fun at British […]

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College Comedy Nights- Bringing stand-up to Oxford

Improvisation comes from the Oxford Imps, sketch shows come from the Revue, but where is Oxford’s stand-up comedy scene? To fill this gap, two student comics Harry Househam and Alex Faroe have started touring college comedy nights, which bring stand-up comedy to different college bars throughout the term. We spoke to them about setting up […]

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Preview: ‘As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams’- Crossing into a fairytale

“Think of all the tales you’re going to discover…” Arriving on the B-T stage this 7th week is ‘As I Crossed A Bridge of Dreams’, a new adaptation of an 11th century Japanese text. This play includes the elements of what student drama does best: it has an original score, a new script and includes […]

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Review: The Duchess of Malfi – All Hail the Malfi Mail!

✮✮✮ Who is responsible for murder? It’s unclear if this was the foremost question in John Webster’s heart as he penned The Duchess of Malfi, one of England’s best-known and most macabre dramas of the Early Modern period but this version of the play sets issues of responsibility, duty and coercion starkly at its heart. Directed […]

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Review: The Crucible

✮✮✮✮½ Lily Slater’s rendition of Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, expounds upon the anxiety, fears, and grief permeating Salem, Massachusetts during the witch trials. The sense of realism the actors manage to achieve often allows them to transcend their fictional roles and permits their indignation towards the cruelty and injustice endured during those trials to […]

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