Review: Frankenstein

Photo by Dina Tsesarsky ✮✮✮ This latest devised piece from Rough-Hewn, the brains behind Fear last term, was, in a word, confusing. Not that that is always a bad thing, it could be said that the director effectively cultured a sense of bafflement that held the audience’s curiosity throughout the show; but there were several […]

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Dramatis Personae: Lamorna Ash

  Company of the moment Rough-Hewn Productions are back this week with a fully devised production of Frankenstein, hot on the heels of what OxStu Stage called the “bizarre, disturbing, humorous, exhilirating” Devised Play One: Fear. Talking about their unconventional devising technique, director Tommo Fowler claimed that “the content really all comes from the actors…we […]

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One worth shelling out for

What’s the difference between optimism and stupidity? Who’s in the bedroom? What year is it? What’s going on, anyway? All these questions and more arise from the first scene of Rough Hewn’s production of Shells, a new play by Trinity’s Howard Coase that opens in 6th week in Balliol’s Pilch studio. Written in response to […]

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Favour found in Foxfinder

The universe of Foxfinder is darkly original…and yet worryingly familiar. Britain, facing apocalyptic food shortages and finding solace in superstition, has fallen under the rule of a theocratic dictatorship which blames foxes (supposedly gifted with supernatural, devilish abilities) for the catastrophe. Austere ‘foxfinders’ with sweeping powers are sent to investigate unproductive farms, to root out […]

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A love/Eight relationship

    Based on a survey that asked British people in their twenties to identify the experiences and qualities which most accurately summarised their generation, Ella Hickson’s award winning Eight is a blend of acute contemporary social and political observations and deeply personal musings, and it this aspect which is conveyed so beautifully in this […]

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A Hare-Raising Performance: Bunny at the BT Studio

Written by one of the writers of Skins and Shameless, this play is an extraordinarily tense and entertaining experience, fronted in fact by just one actor, the brilliant Emma D’Arcy.  Bunny leaps into action as Katie almost falls on stage, wearing her school uniform typically short and dishevelled, on a very hot day after orchestra practice.  She has somehow ended […]

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