Preview: Stereotypist

An hour-long show written, directed and performed by one person could easily be tedious. Unless, of course, that person is Dom O’Keefe. Back from a year abroad in Vienna, the 3rd year student has brought with him an exciting piece of interactive, multimedia theatre which promises to keep audiences on their toes. The show is […]

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Preview: Twelfth Night at Oriel

The end of this Trinity term sees two college garden productions of Twelfth Night. Oriel’s, playing from Tuesday to Thursday of 8th week, follows hot on the heels of Wadham’s in 7th week. Yet, not only is Oriel’s distinct in concept from Wadham’s disco interpretation, but it also offers its audiences the attraction of supporting […]

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Preview: OULES’ Robin Hood

We all know the story of Robin Hood: steals from the rich, gives to the poor, and saves Maid Marian from the evil clutches of Prince John. But what would happen if Marian didn’t want to be saved? This week, The Oxford University Light Entertainment Society is staging a vivacious re-telling of a favourite folk […]

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Review: Play & That Time

I arrived at the Burton Taylor Studio yesterday evening with a mind-set of curiosity and, quite honestly, scepticism. For Samuel Beckett’s minimalist short plays, Play and That Time are ambitious; ambitious because, in order to succeed, they rely on a combination of absolute perfection – immaculate lighting and line deliverance, and simultaneously the daringness to […]

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Review: Dear Elizabeth

✮✮✮ You can say what you like about the Burton-Taylor, but they’ve never been afraid to experiment. This term in particular the BT has played host to a series of daring, innovative productions, of which Dear Elizabeth is the latest. A two-hander based on the letters of American poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, Dear […]

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Review: Hay Fever

✮✮✮✮✮ The 2015 Trinity Lawns Play, a production of Noël Coward’s Hay Fever by Megan Slattery, was, in short, fantastic. Set in an English country house during the 1920s, the play traces the inner workings of a comically dysfunctional family as they invite some guests over for the weekend. Full of stereotypes and jokes, this production possessed […]

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Review: As You Like It

Shakespeare’s As You Like It is perfectly titled for a reviewer to open with a predictable, and probably mediocre, pun. I’m loathe to do so, but when it comes to Polyptych Productions and Christ Church Dramatic Society’s performance, I really did like it. This Shakespearean pastoral comedy follows the journey of its heroine Rosalind, banished […]

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Preview: Beckett’s ‘Play’ & ‘That Time’

Taking on two of Beckett’s briefest plays, WiseUp Productions promises an accomplished performance of these lesser-known pieces in a preview of ‘Play’. To hear the rising whispers of three incomprehensible voices chattering intensely and bitterly created a surprisingly eerie effect, given that the preview was being performed in the small, darkened bedroom of director Alannah […]

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Review: Elephants

✮✮✮ An intimate story about a pair of middle-class couples dripping in angst, Elephants is a witty, fast-paced play with a wonderfully bleak undertone. Everyone has secrets they’re keeping from everyone else, which bubble constantly beneath the surface, intermittently boiling over with painful (and hilarious) results. The title says it all: the play is set […]

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On Directing Fantasy Drama

There’s a wonderful note in the back of our scripts which talks about the high budget National Theatre production of His Dark Materials, mentioning, among other things, their use of Oliver’s drum revolve. It then goes on to say – very cheerfully – that “the demands and abilities of this mighty piece of ‘70s technology […]

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Preview: Punk Rock

Frequently compared to the likes of Skins, The History Boys and Lord of the Flies, Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock is an iconic offering of powerful, realistic adolescent drama. The concept is a simple one; the play follows 6 sixth formers of Stockport Grammar school as they adopt new girl Lily Cahill into their social circle […]

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Review: A Flea In Her Ear

The Magdalen President’s Garden in full bloom is a stunning setting, and one of which the Magdalen Players have taken full advantage in their latest offering. The garden is particularly apt for A Flea In Her Ear, Feydeau’s legendary farce: elegant and precisely constructed, but as the air thickened with heady pollen and the buzzing […]

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Review: Medea

✮✮✮ Euripides’ Medea can hardly be described as light-hearted. Medea, the programme notes tell us, “is a woman wracked with pain”. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has sacrificed a lot: leaving her homeland and rearing two sons in exile. So when Jason leaves her in order to marry another woman, Glauce, she […]

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Review: Never Mind Where Your Daughter Lies

✮✮✮✮ There has always been something fundamentally intriguing about the plot of a revenge tragedy to the human psyche throughout dramatic history; Douglas Taylor and John Oxley’s new play proves that such a formula is still as thrilling and engaging for present audiences as it was for sixteenth century ones, re-fuelled with an innovative post-modern […]

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Review: The Wellington Boot Club

✮✮✮ Philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s googly-eyed portrait stationed within The Wellington Boot Club’s set reminds the audience that individuals craft themselves through their own actions – if existence precedes essence, then, every person is wholly responsible for the paths he or she pursues. Using the philosophical tenets of Sartre, Robert Holtom’s play, The Wellington Boot Club, […]

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Preview: ETC’s Zennor

“If Cornwall were in the States, they’d tape it up and call it a hazard site.” Zennor, presented by Knack-Kneed Theatre Company, in association with the newly-revived Experimental Theatre Club, will be the first ever Oxford student production to be put on at the North Wall Arts Centre. Zennor is being produced in a collaborative […]

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