OUSU Council reiterates support for free education demo

OUSU Council has overwhelmingly voted against a motion to drop support for next week’s national demonstration for free education, with only five members voting in favour. The demonstration, due to take place on Wednesday the 19th of November in central London, is being organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, the Student Assembly […]

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Christ Church GCR under fire for trivialising consent

A newsletter sent out to all graduate freshers at Christ Church has been condemned by students as “horrifying and awful.” The listing for the workshops in The Old Ædesian, a Graduate Common Room newsletter at Christ Church, stated that “Consent is a thing now. Apparently it hasn’t always been (see Ancient Rome), but now it is. […]

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Carfax councillor in by-election controversy

Oxford students have responded angrily to the timing of a recent council by-election in Carfax ward, which saw a turnout of just 8.6%. The election was held on the 4th of September, when the vast majority of undergraduate students were away from Oxford for the summer vacation. According to the 2011 UK census, full-time students […]

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Sondheim’s “Forum” – something for everyone?

✮✮✮✮ “Something ecstatic; something dramatic; something for everyone – a comedy tonight” are the words of the opening song to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and they prove only too true. The show, put on by The Queen’s College’s Eglesfield Musical Society and directed by Lucy Wood, is a musical […]

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Review: The Caucasian Chalk Circle

✮✮ Brechtian ‘Epic Theatre’: it was a challenge from the start. In The Caucasian Chalk Circle Brecht created a play within a play in the complex world of post-revolutionary Grusinia. Auden’s scripted translation, complete with pithy ironies, jokes and musical interludes served as the framework for this production. The two stories are presided over by […]

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Review: Love Plus (New Writing Festival)

✮✮✮ Lamorna Ash’s offering for the Oxford New Writing Festival delivers a powerful indictment of modern sexual politics – but considering its subject matter, the play feels remarkably chaste. Love Plus is a dystopian parable warning against the dangers of men’s desire for perfection, manifested in the titular ‘Love Plus’ programme – a living and […]

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Green light for new Gatsby adaptation?

✮✮✮ Set in the height of the roaring twenties, The Great Gatsby has always been a favourite for adaptations in spite of it being a notoriously hard novel to put on stage or screen. However, Dominic Pollard’s slick, fun production combats this problem with intelligent directorial choices. The story follows the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby’s […]

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‘Tis Pity that there was not more I could see

Originally set in sixteenth century Parma, Commensal’s production of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore revives the Jacobean tragedy in the surroundings of modern-day London. Centred on a doomed love affair between two siblings, ‘Tis Pity is a rollercoaster ride of intense emotions, violence and brutality. Combining contemporary music from a live band, twenty-first entury props, […]

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Caucasian Chalk Circle comes around

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht’s brutal satire, morality play and modernist fairy-tale is currently undergoing treatment by ‘Screw the Looking Glass’, an imaginative and vital student theatre company. The play follows a poor girl, Grusha, who rescues a child from the chaos of war, and Azdak, a strange, messianic character, disillusioned with society and […]

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In the Company of Michael Grandage

“Do you get lonely?” Before the words had fully passed from my lips an emphatic answer came flying back, as Michael Grandage shifted noticeably forward in his chair: “Very lonely yes, it’s a lonely profession directing…you have to take all the responsibility, the flak. We’re a little bit like football managers, Artistic Directors; we have […]

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Semi-monde, fully-fun

Surprises abound in Semi-Monde, a delightfully dishonest comedy by Noel Coward on at The Playhouse this term. Concerned with the comings-and-goings of almost thirty characters at the Hôtel Ritz, Paris, Semi-Monde oozes 1920s excess and opulence. The numerous back-and-forths between the characters are pithy and charming, while the script often has several conversations going on […]

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