Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Brasenose presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, a transfixing production of Shakespeare’s most magical tale, staged in the beautiful New Quad for the college’s annual Arts Week. The performance has an airy touch, and a sense of genuine enjoyment underlies the play through the boundless energy of some astoundingly good actors, who shift seamlessly from scene […]

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Hollywood moves to the West End

If all the world’s a stage… why is Hollywood moving to the West End? There is nothing more thrilling than live theatre. It is, unquestionably, the purest form of acting: it’s raw, it’s unedited, it’s immediate – both for the actor and the audience. There’s the unmistakable adrenaline rush that only a round of applause […]

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Coriolanus: A Passionate and Aggressive Adaptation

The Worcester College Gardens production of Coriolanus is a passionate and aggressive adaptation, one of Shakespeare’s final Roman tragedies. Despite being the second longest play in Shakespeare’s collected works, the production demands the constant and acute attention of its audience. With numerous intense performances from a range of superb lead actors and boasting several dynamic […]

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Five Literary-Inspired Holidays

Now that everyone’s back and feeling cosy in the good ol’ bubble, it is absolutely the ideal time to think of things to do when you’re next ejected from it. And, what better away to start your mind-map than with the lives of fictional people, sailing oceans several hundred years ago (you can probably fly […]

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Worcester College gives Distinguished Visiting Fellowship to Sir Ian McKellen

The veteran actor Sir Ian McKellan has been elected a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Worcester College, a three-year appointment which can be renewed. Sir Ian is expected to visit the college twice a year, giving ‘in conversation’ events and masterclasses for students. He is also involved in developing several apps with the Provost of Worcester, […]

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As You Like It – A review

The Canterbury Shakespeare Festival’s As You Like It – performed on a paved circle surrounded by patches of grass and an uneven wooden fence – offered a basic stage. While, at times this production directed by Sam Gaffney and James Nash surpassed its setting, often it matched it in terms of its lacklustre execution. Unfortunately, this […]

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The Fairy Queen – A preview

Walking into a deserted Wadham first quad on a Monday evening, you’d have no idea that somewhere, squirrelled away in the bowels of a crammed performance space, 57 performers and various other crew members were deeply engaged in drawing together Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with Purcell’s musical score to create the semi-opera ‘The Fairy […]

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Richard II – A review

‘What would you have me do? I am a subject/ And I challenge law’ I’ll come clean: I was late and had come from the pub. My friend was repeatedly asking who was the goodie and who was the baddie, and I had dropped my last non-coloured pencil into the abyss of the Keble O’Reilly’s […]

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Cymbeline: a comedy with menace

‘Cymbeline’ is one of Shakespeare’s longer plays, consisting of five acts replete with mistaken identity, miscommunication and more witty repartee than one can shake a stick at. The action begins with Imogen, daughter of Cymbeline, the King of Britain, having enraged her father by marrying a commoner named Posthumus, played by the velvety Irish-burred Jonjo […]

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Happy Birthday Shakespeare

On the 22nd April, up and down the country we celebrated the birth of our beloved bard, William Shakespeare. Shakespeare often gets a bad name with school students, because of his arcane vocabulary and the difficulties of trying to appreciate a medium meant to be performed whilst reading it on the page. The dilemmas of […]

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