The Oxford Revue and ‘Friends’: A Review

Oxford, Cambridge, Durham: an alliance (or rivalry) for the ages. Although the title of the evening was ‘The Oxford Revue and Friends’, the rivalry and tension between each university’s comedic troupes were clear in this one-off performance at the Playhouse.  With three great groups determined to out-perform each other, all while emceed by a professional […]

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Review: Inside No. 9

Linked only by their claustrophobic settings – a railway sleeper carriage, a bedroom wardrobe in a game of sardines, a trendy tapas restaurant after closing – the episodes of Inside No. 9 are an intense study in macabre comedy. Written, starring, and occasionally directed by the immense creative talents of League of Gentlemen stars Reece […]

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Keeping Up Appearances: A Review

It’s Wednesday of Eight week and morale is low; after a term of essay writing and with home in sight, I would say I am just about done. However, there was one final show I had to check out before I resign myself to weeks of sleep: The Oxford Revue’s newcomers show, Keeping Up Appearances, […]

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John Finnemore: Interview

Did you always want to write comedy or did you have other childhood ambitions? I was quite serious about being a vet at one point. I wasn’t even put off by doing work experience at one, and having to put dead cats in the deep freeze. Having spoken to some vets since, though, I gather […]

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Zootropolis: The Difficulty of Using Animals as an Analogy for Race

If you’ve heard anything about Zootropolis (Zootopia in the U.S.), you’ve probably heard how ‘timely’ it is. In the wake of #BlackLivesMatter, Disney has released a kid-friendly film addressing racial profiling, pseudo-scientific racism and other issues of racial – or ‘species-ist’ – bias. Although I’m not sure what these critics would call an ‘untimely’ time […]

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Spotlight on: Comedy

Comedy is an often under-appreciated art form that has a thriving presence in Oxford, both through regular entertainers who come to perform here and through the diverse wealth of comedy talent in the students of the University. But what lies behind the mask of comedy and the comedian? We interviewed Olly Jackon, a 3rd year […]

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Cymbeline: a comedy with menace

‘Cymbeline’ is one of Shakespeare’s longer plays, consisting of five acts replete with mistaken identity, miscommunication and more witty repartee than one can shake a stick at. The action begins with Imogen, daughter of Cymbeline, the King of Britain, having enraged her father by marrying a commoner named Posthumus, played by the velvety Irish-burred Jonjo […]

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