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Review: Odd Encounter @ Exeter Phoenix

Odd Encounter was… well, just that, a very odd encounter. Upon entering the ‘Workshop’ room, I was welcomed by an exceptionally friendly and glittery drag queen, Mysti Valentine, who was to be the one of the stars of the show. The description of this performance was vague at best, so I went in with an open mind and was not disappointed. As Britons do best, … Continue reading Review: Odd Encounter @ Exeter Phoenix

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Review: Shakespeare Society’s ‘Doctor Faustus’

Being a frequent Facebook user, I was no stranger to the devilish, black-and-white profile pictures that those involved in Exeter University Shakespeare Society’s production of Doctor Faustus have switched to in recent weeks. Interest sufficiently piqued, I leapt at the opportunity to review the sold-out production, and I can safely say that it was positively spectacular.
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BSO’s Rusty & Not So Rusty Musicians-‘Symphony in a Day’

Music has a remarkable power for uniting people. Whether it’s club-goers getting down to drum and bass, musical-theatre lovers belting out show tunes or a bunch of ‘rusty’ and ‘not so rusty’ musicians coming together to play Sibelius’s Second Symphony. Continue reading BSO’s Rusty & Not So Rusty Musicians-‘Symphony in a Day’

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Review: Lights! Planets! People! @ Exeter Phoenix

Molly Naylor’s play Lights! Planets! People!, which premiered at the Exeter Phoenix last night, weaves together the titular words in a surprising but congruent way in the character of Maggie Hill, a sixty-year old, gay, bipolar, space scientist. As Maggie (Karen Hill) tackles issues in both her work and personal life, the audience were gripped by Maggie’s progress towards greater self-realisation and acceptance. Continue reading Review: Lights! Planets! People! @ Exeter Phoenix

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Interview: Molly Naylor, Writer and Director of ‘Lights!Planets!People!’

Lights! Planets! People!, written by Molly Naylor and performed by Karen Hill, begins its tour this weekend, commencing with a performance at the Exeter Phoenix. This one-woman play tells the story of gay, bipolar, space scientist Maggie Hill through the narratives of a lecture Maggie is giving young women about her career in science, her first therapy session, and her failed attempts to contact her ex-girlfriend. Continue reading Interview: Molly Naylor, Writer and Director of ‘Lights!Planets!People!’

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Review: Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’ @ Exeter Northcott

The Yeomen of the Guard, presented by Exeter University’s Gilbert and Sullivan society, is the final of three student productions at the Northcott theatre this January, following EUTCo’s Lord of the Flies and Footlights’ Oklahoma!. The plot is centred around the Colonel Fairfax (George Protts), who is wrongly accused of sorcery and sentenced to death. In an attempt to preserve his estate, he secretly weds a strolling singer, Elsie Maynard (Hannah Timson), only to miraculously survive. What ensues is a Shakespearean-style comedy of mistaken identities, enhanced by operatic song and traditional dance. Continue reading Review: Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’ @ Exeter Northcott

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Preview: BSO’s Pastoral Brahms

Thursday marks another return to Exeter by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This time they bring three tightly linked, 19th-century, central European pieces; a departure from their more disparate juxtapositions recently performed this season. Clemens Schuldt, who has worked in the past with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle, will be conducting, ‘Pastoral Brahms’. Soloing is violinist Baiba Skride, whose list of personal awards, almost entirely first prizes at international festivals, is truly remarkable. Continue reading Preview: BSO’s Pastoral Brahms