Queueue – A preview

The style of Queueue: A Coffee Shop Musical is best described as a kind of gentrified cyberpunk. A free-form, genre-mixing musical, Queueue unites some of the finest talent of the Oxford theatre scene for a show about life, love and cyber-stalking, all set inside one painfully hipsterish coffee house. Set to be performed this weekend […]

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No Exit – A preview

‘L’enfer, c’est les Autres’. Sartre’s heavily quoted – and often misunderstood – line ‘Hell is other people’ is at the core of the English version of his original ‘Huis Clos’, and, despite its misinterpretations, is a very good place to start when we consider what this play is actually about. Having died, three people find […]

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Preview: The Mariana Voices

Saturday 28th May will see the debut performance of The Mariana Voices, a brand new chamber choir assembled by conductor Rory Green. The choir, composed of 16 of the finest singers from across the university, will be performing a programme focused around Hubert Parry’s masterpiece, Songs of Farewell. Parry composed the 6 Songs of Farewell […]

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Rhinoceros – A preview

As I sat down in the Pilch Studio, and the preview of Gruffdog Theatre’s Rhinoceros commenced, I was flabbergasted. Suddenly, as the cast swirled across the stage with endearing, yet stylish buffoonery, I was in provincial France. Eugene Ionesco’s iconic piece about how a rural French town confronts an endemic of ‘rhinoceritis’ (a disease which […]

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Orphans: A Preview

There’s no time for rest in the Experimental Theatre Club; by the end of the first week of Trinity term they will already have wrapped up a production of Dennis Kelly’s Orphans at the Pilch studio. I went along to what was one of the cast’s first rehearsals for Orphans, for a discussion of what the production is to […]

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OUPhil Preview: Mahler and Bartók

On 2nd March, OUPhil perform their termly concert in the Sheldonian Theatre. They will be tackling Mahler’s mammoth 2nd Symphony “The Resurrection”, and Bartok’s Viola Concerto, with third-year Music student, Rachel Maxey, as soloist. We spoke to both the conductor, John Warner, and Rachel about the concert. The OxStu: With both choir and orchestra, Mahler […]

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Amadeus – A Preview

Most of us know the film Amadeus by Mološ Forman, but few of us are aware that the film is adapted from a play. Regrettably enough. The scenes from the film that we all have in mind are, indeed, given a great punch in the theatre setting: I couldn’t help but notice this when previewing the scene […]

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Constellations – A Preview

Stepping into the intimate rehearsal space of the Pilch Theatre, I was excited to see the preview of ‘Constellations’. The production is in the hands of The Experimental Theatre Club (ECT), whose previous successes include gems like ‘Breathing Corpses’ (way back in the depths of Michaelmas Term) and I was curious to see how they […]

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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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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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Preview: Blood Wedding

Working with a translated piece demands a degree of flexibility from the onset, but even so Director Connie Treves’s vision reaches further than simply grasping the text. Treves seems not only intent on an inventive re-imagining of Lorca’s play, but the director also has a remarkable approach which seeks to introduce Oxford drama to a […]

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