Review: Hereafter

Life meets death meets virtual life in Hereafter, a new play by Chloë Taylor exploring the inhumane and even inhuman treatment of bereavement in the world of work. Eva (Martha Harlan) is grieving her dead husband when she is called in to work and asked by her boss with a sickening faux empathy to be […]

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‘The Polycephaly Monologues’: untraditionally entertaining

A trio of monologues anchored by the motifs of insanity and fruit had the potential to be nauseatingly pretentious and boring. Remarkably, the deranged ramblings forming The Polycephaly Monologues contained enough comedy, and offered a piercing reflection on the human mind, to remain peculiarly gripping throughout. Despite there being no perceptible narrative or personal relationships […]

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People Watching, Plumb Puddings and Spiders: The New Writing Festival Opening Gala

The New Writing Festival’s Opening Gala consisted of four scenes and one short play. These were: Ellie Siora’s ‘A Very Serious Scene’, ‘Sometimes Silence’ by Sarah Grunnah, ‘Aristeas’ by Linden Hogarth, ‘Cigarrete in the Sky’, also by Sarah Grunnah and ‘Hesper’ by Nicholas Smart. The quality of the writing was impressive across all five pieces […]

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Preview: Rendezvous

Rendezvous: it’s a new play written and directed by Anthony Maskell. The premise is a simple one; a man (no name is given, he is simply called First) arrives at an interview ready for ‘the opportunity of a lifetime’. All semblances of normality, however, are quickly shed as the situation is imbued with hidden menace […]

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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: If Alice

New to Oxford’s theatre scene (I’m a fresher, and this is the first productive I have seen in the Burton Taylor Studio and, Oxford for that matter), I didn’t quite know what to expect when going to see ‘If Alice’, a play introduced by the Experimental Theatre Club. I was pretty clueless in what the […]

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Review: Twin Primes

✮✮✮✮ As I stumbled into the dimly-lit Burton-Taylor studio to see the last entry into the OUDS new writing festival, Florence Read’s Twin Primes, I was greeted by ‘Uptown Funk’ blaring at full volume- as I staggered to a seat, Bruno Mars boldly proclaimed “Don’t believe me, just watch!” I took this as a sign, […]

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Review: Replay

✮✮✮ In the first 10 minutes, I became terribly worried that I would be unable to write a review. I knew Replay was the product of an intelligent, albeit wacky, mind, but it felt incomprehensible. Therein lies its fault and wonder. In the shortest and simplest terms, Replay is about a peculiar relationship between Freya, […]

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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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