Verging on the edge of success

High tragedy is a brave route for student drama to pursue. High comedy is the same. This new English dramatisation of La Chatelaine de Vergi (Chastity on the Verge), however, is rather firm in its defence of the middle ground. We’re not supposed to cry, but nor are we supposed to roll in the Burton […]

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Die Frau is to die for

Any play produced in Oxford that is not in English gets the disadvantage of doubt. And not entirely unfairly. The brutal reality is that, when it comes to actors who can work in a language other than English, the pool of talent is a small, unprecious puddle. Far too many Latin plays have driven the […]

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Preview: The Trial

Hypnotist Theatre’s production of The Trial will be short on costumes, props, scenery, and space—and that’s all to good effect. The play is Steve Berkoff’s adaptation of the Kafka novel of the same name, so you know you’ll be in for a bit of a strange ride through the corridors of beuracracy and power. The […]

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Laying it on a bit too ‘Thick Of It’

The latest production of this Yes Minister-style play by Steve Thompson comes in the wake of the Andrew Mitchell debacle and is a well-timed and amusing, if slightly stereotyped and unoriginal, insight into the inner machinations of the British political scene. An aspiring Tory Junior Whip, played by Josh Dolphin, navigates his way through a […]

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