Review: Blow

The title of the prolific Flo Read’s latest offering at the Burton-Taylor studio rather unfortunately brings to mind tired puns on two of student drama’s most tired themes: drugs (nasal), and sex (oral). The play does feature sex, and does (briefly, indirectly) feature drugs – but it would be a grave injustice to reduce the […]

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Review: Yesterday

Having never been to the Burton Taylor before, I’ll admit to finding the intimacy of the place slightly confronting. Especially since for the opening night of Yesterday, a musical with an all-female cast (well, a cast of three) there were a fair few empty seats. As the lights dimmed, I still had high hopes though. […]

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Interview: ‘REPLAY’ at the Fringe

  Summarise REPLAY in one sentence. The play is the confession by a lonely music teacher of her intense attachment to a student, but this confession is highly stage-managed to the extent we can never be sure of the nature of the ‘relationship’. In what ways will the experience of performing REPLAY at the Fringe be different from when you performed it in Oxford?  Oxford of course […]

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Normal: Too ‘in-yer-face’ to scare some

James Waddell ✮✮✮✮ Anthony Neilson’s complex psychological thriller traces the manipulative relationship of Peter Kürten, the infamous Düsseldorf Ripper (perpetrator of an estimated 60 murders) with Justus Wehner, the repressed, virginal lawyer who defends him at his trial. As Wehner is drawn deeper into his defendant’s psyche, his fragile sense of morality crumbles, and the central […]

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Dystopian Saved still scandalises

✮✮✮✮✮ Edward Bond wrote ‘Saved’ back when economic crises and wildcat strikes were the norm, and the Beatles were all still alive and kicking. But ‘Saved’ is less about the swinging sixties and more about the swigging sixties. It portrays the cultural and moral apathy of a South East London family who are unperturbed by […]

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What’s On Stage? 3rd Week

Welcome to What’s On Stage?, our weekly update showcasing the editors’ picks for what to see in Oxford each week. This week: 3rd week. Let’s great straight to it, because there are actually a bunch of cool things to see this week. Biggest and loudest will be The Producers (opens Wednesday, Playhouse, £10), musical extravaganza extraordinaire about embezzlement and Nazis, […]

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What’s On Stage? 2nd Week

Welcome to What’s On Stage?, our weekly update showcasing the editors’ picks for what to see in Oxford each week. This week: 2nd week! Wassup? Matriculation is over and your editors are already snotting all over their coffee-stained notes and bemoaning the difficulties of undergraduate existence. If that sounds familiar, you’re probably desperate for a little bit […]

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Witchcraft and woe in The Death of Maria

Love triangles, it turns out, exist in 17th century baby-eating witch-hunting Germany just as passionately as in teen vampire sagas. Written and directed by 3rd year historian Camilla Rees, the play that proves this, The Death of Maria, revolves around the real figure Maria Hollin from Mindelburg. Accused of witchcraft by the appropriately evil-named Ursula […]

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What’s On This Week: Fifth Week

Thursday 4th Week (May 16th), 7:00pm Poetry Reading Blackwell’s plays host to Alan Jenkins and John Fuller, reading from their most recent poetry collections. FREE   Until Friday 6th Week (May 31st), Office hours A Life in Shadows Head over to Wolfson college to view photographer Francesca Phillips’ most recent collection. FREE   Thursday, Friday, Saturday 4th […]

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