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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Hyperdrive – A Review

The weirdness of the internet is fertile ground for comedy. That’s precisely what the Oxford Imps have delivered with their new show Hyperdrive; an improvised comedy show based on Facebook profiles and Google images rather than drunkenly shouted suggestions. The production team deserves credit for integrating the technology in such an easy, unforced way. It’s […]

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THARK: A Preview

Farces are perhaps the hardest of all plays to perform successfully; how does a cast and director balance comic timing, ridiculous lines and quick interchanges while making the script intelligible and, most importantly, funny? Thark, Ben Travers’ play from the 1920s, poses just these challenges to director Jack Bradfield and his 10-strong cast, but luckily, […]

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The Inter-vue

The Revue’s Audreys are back this term. The comedy nights run by the Oxford Revue are going to take place on Tuesday of 1st, 4th and 8th week at the Old Fire Station. Barney Fishwick (one of the presidents) and Dan, the producer of the Audreys, tell us the committee are looking for people to […]

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Anti-pick of the week: Benidorm

Predictable, boring, offensive and most of all, not funny, Benidorm’s seventh series premiere left me completely unimpressed. For those of you lucky enough to have not heard of the show, Benidorm follows several holiday-goers on their sun, sex and stupid stay in an all-inclusive resort hotel in the Spanish tourist city of Benidorm.

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Review: Wingman

✮✮✮ Fresh from the Fringe, Wingman calls itself a ‘new father-son comedy’. It’s a moving piece detailing complicated family dynamics and the potential for forgiveness: the awkward son (Richard Marsh) finds that his mother has passed away, only to be left with his estranged father (Jerome Wright) who hopes to use the funeral and general […]

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Big Brass, big laughs

✮✮✮✮ The cast of Big Brass initially makes a big joke about being amateur. The set of their Pilch studio show vaguely resembles a collection of washing lines; their entrance is a farce based around technical incompetence; a couple of sketches become parodies of their own form. Clearly the trio (clad in mismatched stripy t-shirts) […]

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