Brutal, yet unquestionably brilliant: The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Playing in 5th Week from Wednesday, November 8th, to Saturday, November 11th, at the Keble O’Reilly Theatre, The Lieutenant of Inishmore is Tightrope Productions’s full text performance of Martin McDonagh’s intensely fast-paced, brutally violent, and often staggeringly funny 2001 play about a series of increasingly escalating violence in the small Irish island of Inishmore after […]

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Marat/Sade: A Preview

Transforming the respectable, well-carpeted Christ Church TV room into a post-French Revolution mental asylum is no easy task. Nevertheless, the cast of Marat/Sade, in the three intense scenes they showcased for me, achieved it to perfection. Featuring a chorus of clownish maniacs, the play is a disillusioned search for meaning in the ashen remains of […]

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Preview: Music for Mental Health

Lucy Thraves, a recent Music graduate from Christ Church college, is one who understands how the pressures and prejudices of life at Oxford can affect students. While the mishandling of mental health issues among the student body is now something of an open secret, thanks to numerous brave articles published in The Tab, Cherwell, and […]

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‘A delightful opera sure to put a smile on your face’ Albert Herring: A Preview

Albert Herring, Britten’s comic masterpiece, gleefully revels in an operatic middle ground. A whimsical plot that is set against a surprisingly complex score, Britten’s provincial chamber piece teases the lines between comedy and tragedy, sympathy and satire and the clashing authorities of nearly seventy years of critical opinion. Directors Peter Thickett and Frederick Waxman’s production […]

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NBA Preview

The NBA season is nearly upon us and, whilst an offseason of huge turnover should make for one of the most interesting early seasons in recent years, there are some trends from both the offseason itself and what has happened so far in the preseason that could be extrapolated further. No team is likely to […]

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A Surreal Complexity: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a dense, and bizarre play. It centres around the reflection on the truth of a past conversation between two old friends, and major players in the nuclear science of World War II, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Set between ‘heaven and an atom’, it explores the complexities of truth in narrative, reality in […]

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Splendour – A preview

Splendour is a play which delights in being enigmatic. Written by Abi Morgan, screenwriter of Suffragette and The Iron Lady, this claustrophobic character study manages to be disorientating, roundabout, and yet urgently compelling. Kathryn (Natalie Woodward), a photojournalist, is sent to the lavish house of a dictator and his wife, Micheline (Rosie Richards), in “a […]

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