Profile: Donald Russell

Tradition may be everywhere in Oxford, but I spoke to one 95-year-old tutor who has seen over 65 years of change. Donald Russell, a 95 (almost 96) year-old tutor at St Johns, first came here as a classics student at Balliol in 1939 until being called up to service in World War two. After working […]

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Review: The Master and Margarita

From the outset, The Master and Margarita signals itself as an experience: a bold, immersive spectacle. To rework a lengthy, densely-plotted novel onto a ninety-minute play requires a focused distillation, and Magnolia Productions has extracted its excess and absurdity to wonderful effect, combining it with a shiver-inducing, mischievous darkness—not least because of its staging in […]

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Review: Chess at St John’s

✮✮✮ It’s the late 1980s, Cold War tensions are running high, and chess grandmasters “The American” in all-white and “The Russian” in all-black are meeting head-to-head across a chessboard. Two proud, bright flags adorn either side of the stage, the Stars and Stripes and Hammer and Sickle, facing off across the checkered monochrome between them. […]

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Hall clamber to top division

Teddy Hall secured promotion to the Women’s First Division on Saturday with a 3-2 win against St John’s at a cold Iffley Road. The pressure upon both teams was heavy going into the match – either side winning would confirm their promotion at the other team’s expense. It was Teddy Hall, playing in claret and […]

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