ENO’s Tristan falls short of greatness

The English National Opera, London’s second opera company, is in crisis. Earlier this year, its Music Director, Mark Wigglesworth, quit his post after a tenure that lasted barely six months. This follows the 2015 resignation of the company’s Artistic Director in the wake of Arts Council demands for a 25% budget cut, the implementation of […]

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The Marriage of Kim K – A Review

It’s impossible to quite describe what happens in Off the Page Production’s The Marriage of Kim K. Every time you think you’ve worked out exactly what the plot is something else in one of the interlocking stories taking place on stage throws you again. The play opens with Kim Kardashian herself (played beautifully well by […]

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Review: The Prophetess

Third week has been insanely good for student drama, and The Prophetess feels like a combination of the week’s biggest barnstormers. Between the heightened emotion and fearful history of Titus Andronicus and the iconic music and bravura style of Singin’ in the Rain lies this production, a classy little number for the Keble O’Reilly, from […]

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Review: The Coronation of Poppea

✮✮✮✮✮ Despite being nearly 400 years old, The Coronation of Poppea is a work that is frequently noted for its striking modernity. Written as the young genre of opera was learning to find its feet, the work is immensely confident in its exploration of the black humour of human emotion and motivation.   This was […]

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Iolanthe is Magic

Preposterous, outlandish, and ludicrously absurd, Oxford University’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of the comic opera Iolanthe is a hilariously entertaining show that will keep audiences in stitches from start to finish. Masterfully directed by Zoe Firth, the performance is a rollicking musical romp among the dimwitted and incompetent ruling class. Poking fun at British […]

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