The Sacred Flame, The Oxford Playhouse

With the decision to produce W. Somerset Maugham’s 1928 whodunit The Sacred Flame, Matthew Dunster and English Touring Theatre have taken a fairly unusual step. Their decision to revive this rarely performed play has, as the programme acknowledges, been “raising eyebrows” – and, to an extent, one can see why: while audiences contemporary with it would […]

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Taking on the F-Word

Howard Coase watches Jumpy at the Royal Court The F-Word is not fashionable. The stubbly, steely, ball busting, cock crushing killjoy caricature has stuck so hard to the Women’s Movement that when anyone sober now says, “I’m a feminist!” they might as well have announced, “I’m no longer going to shave my armpits and the […]

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Theatrical Oxonians: Emma Watson

OK, so she was here for what, like twenty minutes? But Hermione’s impact on the Oxford University scene was fairly substantial. For one it meant that the ‘VIP’ areas of the various clubs became actually vaguely necessary (and not just that place you end up when you get drunk and take your credit card out […]

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First night review: Contractions

Frankie Goodway reviews the opening night of Contractions at the Burton Taylor studio. The first night of Contractions at the Burton Taylor was rather excellent, when all is said and done – and all was said and done at a terrific pace, both actresses ploughing through the script so quickly that a fifty minute performance […]

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No prejudice here

Timothy Bano reviews a funny adaptation of Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. “I’ve got a brilliant idea: I’m going to start my review with that well famous first line from Pride and Prejudice – that’ll be funny” I thought as I sat through the press preview, until I realised it would be clichéd, predictable and […]

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Get ready for some fatal Contractions

Charlotte Lennon is thoroughly chilled by some impressive female performances in Bartlett’s vision of a disturbing dystopian workplace. You have to admire this cast and crew’s commitment. All finalists, and having only finished their exams a week ago, instead of indulging themselves with a Pimms drenched fortnight of lazing in the sun, they’re putting on […]

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Kissing while they Conspire…

Timothy Bano previews Marlowe’s Edward II, a tale of infamous lovers, ruthless noblemen and execution by red hot poker.   Edward II? Is that one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, like The Weary Wives of Warwick or Razzmatazz? Apparently not – it is by Christopher Marlowe. It tells the story of Edward II (really?) and […]

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Thespalot

Showcasing a day in the life of an Oxford Thesp. This week actor Jason Barnes needs your help… Dear Reader, My name is Jason Barnes and I am not a very good actor. I’m an actor from across the ocean – an American actor! Yes! (I hope my greeting was polite enough for you, which […]

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A New View From the Bridge

Rachel Bellman shares her experience of working with and watching those at the forefront of a new non-traditional musical . Over three years ago, eight drama students devised twenty minutes of a musical as part of their MA Musical Theatre course, and on June 13th of this year, that musical will have its world premiere performance […]

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