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Review: Thunder Road @ Exeter Phoenix

Two Friends. Voluntary First Aid service. A desire to be of use which has come about from a dissatisfaction with the real world. Stand-up comedy, narrative storytelling, influence from both real life and a road trip tragic comedy. This show has all of these elements, often joining together ideas which would initially seem difficult to connect. It is a testament to the skills and experience of its creative team. Continue reading Review: Thunder Road @ Exeter Phoenix

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Review: Fleabag @ The National Theatre Live

There’s a little bit of Fleabag in everyone. It was this, as well as an increased obsession with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s written genius that I took away from the NT production of “Fleabag” on 12 September. Being a student, I couldn’t afford the £70 train down to London, as much as I wanted to; instead I watched the live streaming at my local cinema. The experience was nothing short of captivating. It was in Phoebe’s use of minimalistic visuals, a single chair encapsulated in darkness with one interrogative yet feeble light above her, that Fleabag’s garish anecdotes invited almost a safe space, for the audience to laugh both at her, and in reflection, at their own selves, with the comfort of knowing that being a ‘greedy, perverted, selfish, apathetic, cynical, depraved, morally bankrupt woman who can’t even call herself a feminist’ is okay. Continue reading Review: Fleabag @ The National Theatre Live

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Review: Black Men Walking @ Exeter Northcott

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this review do not represent those of the Magazine as a whole, they are an individual’s interpretation.

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Undeniably it is extremely important to have diverse representation. I applaud any and all work by emerging artists from marginalised communities. Their experiences and perspectives are eye-opening and have to be a part of our theatre scene. With that in mind, however, in my opinion this production unfortunately misses the mark on representing these complex ideas which it desperately wants to put on stage. Continue reading Review: Black Men Walking @ Exeter Northcott

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Review: Spork’s First Birthday

I must have walked past A Little Drop of Poison dozens of times during my time in Exeter. The pub on Fore Street blends away into the background, unlike the Chev or The Black Horse, with even the doorway quite easy to miss. But in this pub in Exeter, where the ceilings are so low your whole hand can lie flat on it if you stretch up, there is a spoken word night once a month called Spork. Continue reading Review: Spork’s First Birthday

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Review: The Lovely Bones @ Exeter Northcott

***** 5 stars A thrilling story of love, loss and growth is brought to life on the Northcott stage. WARNING – Strobe lights used throughout, so if you go and see this play, which I urge you to, beware of this. Prior to seeing the play, I considered myself superficially familiar with the intentionally messy and complicated plot, due to the smash hit film. Quick … Continue reading Review: The Lovely Bones @ Exeter Northcott

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Review: Voldemort and The Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody @ Exeter Phoenix

On the first day of term for University of Exeter students, Laura Elmes Production treated us to a nostalgic return to the beloved world of Harry Potter. We find a teenage Tom Riddle, played with excellent comedic timing and stellar voice by Steve Graney, facing some of the same woes as the Freshers at the University: love, fame, world domination and fascination with snakes. You know, the usual teenage stuff. The year is 1942 and the production starts off by making it painfully obvious that Nazis are in power, but asks us to ignore that and instead focus on teenage Voldemort, his classmates and Hufflepuff girlfriend obsessed with baked goods, called Muffin Rows, played with adorableness and grace by Alice Robinson. Continue reading Review: Voldemort and The Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody @ Exeter Phoenix

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Review: Moist, Moist, Moist @ Exeter Phoenix

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Chris White is the kind of guy you want to be your friend. He’s the one in your friendship group who makes stupid jokes which you feel like you shouldn’t be laughing at, but which make you piss yourself anyway. His spoken-word show, Moist Moist Moist, pulls together this silly humour with the more emotional elements of the queer experience, love, sex and relationships, into a bizarre and hilarious show about a relationship with the sea. Continue reading Review: Moist, Moist, Moist @ Exeter Phoenix