Preview: Blood Wedding

Working with a translated piece demands a degree of flexibility from the onset, but even so Director Connie Treves’s vision reaches further than simply grasping the text. Treves seems not only intent on an inventive re-imagining of Lorca’s play, but the director also has a remarkable approach which seeks to introduce Oxford drama to a […]

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Preview: Noises Off

“That’s farce, that’s the theatre, that’s life” – a distinction spoken perhaps a bit too soon in such a play as Noises Off. Michael Frayn’s intricate, monumental piece of farce performs the very ins and outs of putting on a performance, going behind the scenes of an increasingly chaotic dress rehearsal for the somewhat trashy […]

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Review: The George and Dragon

‘Was that the worst or best thing I have ever seen in Oxford?’ The George and Dragon, a devised sketch show, is endearingly shambolic. A series of sketches set in a pub during an imagined pandemic of the disease Jemima are illustrated riotously by the four member strong cast, who portray an eclectic range of […]

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Review: The Effect

✮✮✮ There is a fantastically bleached and clinical shine to the stage of Freya Judd’s commendable adaptation of The Effect, Lucy Prebble’s follow-up to the smash-hit Enron. The O’Reilly has been well and truly stripped down, creating a bleak and bare hospital miasma that you can almost smell when you take your seat. When the […]

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Preview: Dido and Aeneas

In a stylised Japanese imperial court, a young woman stands. She is pouting. Rachel Cole’s Dido is clearly a woman who is used to being pandered to, and as her two friends attempt to persuade her to yield to her passion for Aeneas, her Trojan guest, we wonder whether anyone has spoken honestly to the […]

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