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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Winging it: 7th Week

  It is with great regret that I have to announce the departure from this publication of F D Levin. A letter sent to the office this week cited ‘editorial ineptitude, censorship and resulting artistic frustration’ as the root causes of his resignation. Levin was considered to have the potential to be a great writer […]

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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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No fear of the unknown for devised theatre

Student shows where the director has little idea what his actors are about to do on stage are something of a rarity. Devised Play One: Fear is such a show. The brainchild of a conversation between Rough-Hewn directors Tommo Fowler and Emma D’Arcy, the project eschews formalised, set scripts in favour of a collaborative creative […]

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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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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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Winging it: 4th week

Gods This week dealt a terrible blow to theatre, film and various drug dealers, with Philip Seymor Hoffman dying from a heroin overdose. Selfless to his roles, regardless of their tolls, he had some good advice for you ambitious students: “I was young once, and I said, ‘Acting’s beautiful and I want that.’ Wanting it […]

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