Ghosts – A review

‘I’m like a walking corpse’ Ibsen isn’t known for his cheery plays. Yet ‘Ghosts’, on at the BT studio until Saturday, is something else altogether. It’s fascinating, disturbing, deeply complex, yes: these are all Ibsen characteristics. But with syphilis, near-incest, and euthanasia the subject-matter, along with Ibsen’s favourite, oppressive moral codes, ‘Ghosts’ is intense stuff. […]

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Antigone – A review

Antigone is the latest in a series of Greek tragedies put on in the New College Cloisters and directed by David Raeburn. His artistic vision and sense of exactly how he wanted to convey the original text were evident throughout. This year’s play followed on nicely from last year’s Oedipus Tyrannus, for those who had […]

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Oxford Revue – A review

People who say Oxford is no laughing matter are very much not the target audience of The Oxford Revue and Friends, Saturday night’s showcase for the city’s hottest up-and-coming comics. Also featuring appearances from the Leeds Tealights and the Cambridge Footlights, as well as hot new stand-up Phil Wang, the evening felt like a promise […]

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Ghosts- A preview

James Watts’ intense production promises to blow the dust off this 19th century classic. Using Eyre’s recent translation of the text, which abandons stilted period language for a striking modern tone, he’s opted for a minimalist approach to throw all the attention onto the story. Free from awkward Victoriana and cumbersome language, the play here […]

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Splendour – A preview

Splendour is a play which delights in being enigmatic. Written by Abi Morgan, screenwriter of Suffragette and The Iron Lady, this claustrophobic character study manages to be disorientating, roundabout, and yet urgently compelling. Kathryn (Natalie Woodward), a photojournalist, is sent to the lavish house of a dictator and his wife, Micheline (Rosie Richards), in “a […]

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A streetcar named Desire – Another review

Iconic, powerful and heartbreaking are words I would use to describe Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play, A Streetcar Named Desire. The version that I saw on Thursday evening, directed by Anna Seacombe and Harry Lukakis at the Keble O’Reilly, fits the bill perfectly. I attended a very full opening night performance, which was intense, full of […]

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Colin and Katya – A review

In the small, modern North Wall Arts Centre stands a large, buzzing swarm of thesps and arty types. Each sporting their own unique variation on the traditional indie look of edgy eyebrows, unexpected hairstyles, distressed denim and a smattering of eclectic patterned vintage, these eager culture vultures await show time. What has brought this lively […]

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Farenheit 451- A review

Biblioclasm. Libricide. Book-burning. These are all words that roll off the tongue trippingly. But this action, this destruction of books, a nightmare for any student, is a concrete, or rather ashy, reality for the inhabitants of the dystopian society of Fahrenheit 451. Here, all books have been outlawed, and the government employs ‘firemen’ to burn […]

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No Exit – A review

Three characters, Inéz, Garcin, and Estelle, are in hell. And where is hell, you may ask? Hell turns out to be a stuffy “second empire drawing room” with no way out. There are no conventional devils, or instruments of torture, but instead the trio are doomed to become one another’s torturers. The intimate space of […]

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Queueue – A preview

The style of Queueue: A Coffee Shop Musical is best described as a kind of gentrified cyberpunk. A free-form, genre-mixing musical, Queueue unites some of the finest talent of the Oxford theatre scene for a show about life, love and cyber-stalking, all set inside one painfully hipsterish coffee house. Set to be performed this weekend […]

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No Exit – A preview

‘L’enfer, c’est les Autres’. Sartre’s heavily quoted – and often misunderstood – line ‘Hell is other people’ is at the core of the English version of his original ‘Huis Clos’, and, despite its misinterpretations, is a very good place to start when we consider what this play is actually about. Having died, three people find […]

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Mine – A review

Polly’s Teale’s poignant drama Mine is very much a play for today: not least because of its exploration of the pressures of modern motherhood, and its emphasis on middleclass guilt. It shows the breakdown of relationships in a society so preoccupied by smart phones and emails, that characters often do not listen to each other, […]

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