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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RENT – A Review

One might think that Rent, a musical primarily about AIDs victims and starving artists in ‘90s New York City, is a drama worlds away from the dreaming spires. Yet after witnessing this world recreated on Wednesday night at the Oxford Playhouse, audience members streamed out, excitedly discussing its passion and energy. I had high expectations; […]

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RENT – A Preview

Loosely based on Puccini’s opera ‘La Bohème’, RENT is an intense musical, set in the gritty deprivation of 80s New York. Larson’s lyrics convey a diverse array of emotions and hard hitting issues such as AIDS, addiction, poverty and the deaths of loved ones: it’s a lot to take on. But the sheer energy on […]

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Review: Pentecost

An assembly of asylum seekers from many different parts of the world has arrived at the border of ‘Our Country’, a small Eastern European nation standing at the gateway of Western Europe. They have taken three academics and a glamour model hostage in a small church and issued a list of demands: Europe must let […]

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Preview: Pentecost

‘Pentecost’ is a political play where a discovered mural has the potential to change the entire way we conceive Renaissance history. A spanner is thrown in the academic proceedings, however, when refugees instigate a hostage situation in the church. In 1995, it won the Evening Standard Award, as a play about the refugee crisis of […]

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1984 staged: audience complicit in Orwell’s dystopian nightmare

✮✮✮✮✮ Adapting George Orwell’s dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four is no small feat, but one which Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan master within 101 fraught, uninterrupted minutes. The collaborative effort of the Almeida Theatre with Nottingham Playhouse and Headlong delivers an alarmingly convincing resurrection of Orwell’s totalitarian nightmare and conjures a new creation that interrogates the purpose […]

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Semi-monde, fully-fun

Surprises abound in Semi-Monde, a delightfully dishonest comedy by Noel Coward on at The Playhouse this term. Concerned with the comings-and-goings of almost thirty characters at the Hôtel Ritz, Paris, Semi-Monde oozes 1920s excess and opulence. The numerous back-and-forths between the characters are pithy and charming, while the script often has several conversations going on […]

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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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