Skylight: A Preview

I walked into the Burton-Taylor Studio halfway through a run of the show. The cast continued with the performance without pause as I settled in, provoking the feeling that I’d stumbled into someone’s kitchen during an argument. Director Hugh Tappin informed me as we were walking in that this was a “pasta” run, rather than […]

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The Oxford Revue and ‘Friends’: A Review

Oxford, Cambridge, Durham: an alliance (or rivalry) for the ages. Although the title of the evening was ‘The Oxford Revue and Friends’, the rivalry and tension between each university’s comedic troupes were clear in this one-off performance at the Playhouse.  With three great groups determined to out-perform each other, all while emceed by a professional […]

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Garden: A Preview

When I arrived to watch a rehearsal of Garden, most of the cast were wearing plant pots on their heads.  This, it turned out, was not a daring fashion statement, but an image which captured the essence of Jack Bradfield’s witty, heartfelt new comedy.  Garden follows Elizabeth, a phytologist (plant scientist), and a group of […]

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‘I, Marcus’: A Review

After a stunted night out, five teenagers wait indefinitely for a train. With nothing to do but sit on the platform, they exchange memories – but the reminiscence is just badly disguised ridicule. Everyone is forced to partake, lest the mockery should fall onto you, and so they scramble and tear into one another, into […]

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