Preview: OUDS New Writing Festival

Katrina Gaffney and Megan Husain attend previews of two of the New Writing Festival Plays – The Optimists and Proper Conduct. Both plays leave the reviewers excited and hopeful for the pieces that are being performed in Oxford this week. The Optimists After seeing a preview of The Optimists I have very high hopes for this […]

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Bang Bang You’re Dead is Commendable, but Setback by its Script: A Review

William Matrosimone wrote ‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’ to be performed ‘by kids, for kids, for free’. While the play poses serious questions about the disastrous consequences of school shootings, its intended audience renders it inadequate for an Oxford student production. The play is comprised of a series of flashbacks in the mind of a school-shooting […]

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Dates is a Clever and Unforgiving Parody: A Preview

“Pray, what means this aubergine emoji”, asks a suitably bewildered Tudor singleton as she browses Tinder for eligible bachelors. You’d be forgiven for thinking this the invention of some nonsensical Carrollian fantasy. In seventh week, Rebecca Heitlinger brings her original sketch show ‘Dates’ to the Burton Taylor Studio. It is an unforgiving parody of comedy’s […]

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Review: the beauty and suffering of Frankenstein

  This adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel ‘Frankenstein ‘s both emotionally gripping and beautifully put together. Nick Dear’s script is engaging and transports the gothic story to modern day issues of social ostracisation and the nature of love. The play opens dramatically with Frankenstein’s Creature, a repulsive and terrifying figure, writhing out of an […]

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Review – A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is a challenging piece to adapt to stage, but it is tackled in an innovative way in this bold and captivating piece. From the very beginning of the play we are plunged into a world of violence and confusion. Greeted by a creepy Alex and his unnerving droogs, the audience is on […]

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