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Review: EUTCo’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ @ Exeter Northcott

EUTCO’s production of William Golding’s haunting modern classic stormed onto the stage of Northcott theatre this Wednesday night. The excitement surrounding the build-up to this launch left me dying to see India Howland and Will Pinhey’s theatrical take on ‘Lord of the Flies’. They did not disappoint…from their brilliantly choreographed violence to the cast’s impressive acting, this play pulled off a thrilling performance that had the audience constantly hovering on the edge of their seats. The most obvious major alteration of the character genders brought a welcome change, giving a new dynamic to the relation between characters. The provocative power struggle between Rachel and Jack constructs a terrifying representation of human politics as these opposing figures mimic the battle between the genders and political stances. As their fragile order spirals into chaos, the children are left terrified, and we discover how fear can be used to manipulate and corrupt. Continue reading Review: EUTCo’s ‘Lord of the Flies’ @ Exeter Northcott

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Review: Shotgun Theatre’s Bonnie & Clyde @ Exeter Phoenix

Dramatic, sexy and thrilling, Shotgun Theatre brings to the stage of Exeter Phoenix a production about the iconic criminal duo that captured America’s hearts in the 30s. Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow start off as young teens full of ambitions and craving for fame and admiration. Trapped in America’s Great Depression, the two fell in love as young adults and turned to stealing and killing to achieve their dreams. Continue reading Review: Shotgun Theatre’s Bonnie & Clyde @ Exeter Phoenix

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Preview: EUTCo’s Lord of the Flies

Returning back to Northcott, the Exeter University Theatre Company present their latest show ‘Lord of the Flies’. Following the Nobel Prize winning novelist William Golding’s 1954 , the show runs across four nights. This literary classic turned stage performance which tackles issues of morality, immorality, rationality head on is perfect for both dedicated Golding fans and first time viewers alike. A theatre production not to be missed, make a change and support our students this new year in the best theatre in Exeter. Continue reading Preview: EUTCo’s Lord of the Flies

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Review: Summer and Smoke @ Exeter Phoenix

My expectations of Dicebox’s production of Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams were high as it is renowned as a shiveringly beautiful tale of a doomed relationship. Although I felt some of Anastasia Bunce’s choices were problematic, I still thoroughly enjoyed this provoking performance, and feel the cast and crew deserve commendation. Continue reading Review: Summer and Smoke @ Exeter Phoenix

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Review: EUTCO’s Arsenic & Old Lace

When I first heard about EUTCO’s upcoming play on murder, insanity, dark comedy, and two ‘innocent’ old ladies as the instigators of it all, I knew I had to see it. Despite being swamped in essay deadlines and Christmas stress, I was fortunate enough to watch Arsenic & Old Lace on their final night at the Barnfield theatre. While writing this review makes me feel like an ironic parody of protagonist Mortimer – a theatre critic whose (arguable) gift for words causes him to be the victim of his own play – the cast and crew behind this fantastic production certainly deserve the commendation. Continue reading Review: EUTCO’s Arsenic & Old Lace

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Review: Jack and the Beanstalk @ Exeter Northcott

Sitting in the middle of the Northcott theatre last Wednesday evening, the Christmas atmosphere consumed me. Merry Xmas Everybody by Slade was blaring out and an elderly group of women came back from the theatre’s bar with mulled wine. There truly is nothing quite like going to see a pantomime at Christmas. On paper, the premise of a pantomime doesn’t appeal to everybody. Bad jokes and amateur acting often seem like more of a chore than entertainment. In honesty, throughout the rest of the year, I would not feel inclined to watch a pantomime. However, in the festive season, there’s something about the cheesy performances that makes the jolly attitude come out in businessmen and children alike. Continue reading Review: Jack and the Beanstalk @ Exeter Northcott

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Review: Shotgun Theatre’s Urinetown

I recently attended a talk by the theatre critic Libby Purves, who admitted that it’s difficult to critique musical theatre productions, because “they just do so much”. This is a statement I wholeheartedly agree with, and one which kept running through my mind during Shotgun’s production of the musical Urinetown. Despite certain hallmarks of an amateur production – largely relating to limitations posed by the venue, stage, and equipment – Urinetown comes across as a colourful explosion of work, creativity and talent. It is a synthesis of drama, dance, costume, set, singing, and music – as the onstage band and ever-present figure of the conductor (Ryan Mulgrew) never let the audience forget. Continue reading Review: Shotgun Theatre’s Urinetown