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Review: EUTCO’s The Great Gatsby

Gatsby: the name is synonymous with glamour, the roaring ‘20s, extravagant excess, wealth, parties, hedonism, flowing alcohol, the power to turn dreams into reality, and the sense of a lost time. It also signifies a story of dashed ambition and tragedy. EUTCO’s production of The Great Gatsby at the Northcott, adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic, drew out these tensions thoughtfully and impressively. Published in 1925, Fitzgerald’s novel has undergone a whole new revival with the onset of the 2020s. Mimi Templar Gay’s direction produced a play which encouraged its audience to reflect on its relevance to our present time, particularly in light of its pervasive concerns with money, success and what it means to be fortunate. Continue reading Review: EUTCO’s The Great Gatsby

Review: EUTCo’s Port

EUTCo’s production of Port was a fantastic choice by the director, Niamh Smith, to show on the stage of Exeter’s MakeTank. Simon Stephen’s play is a compelling combination of English comedy and reality drama, as it captures the soul of his hometown, Stockport. As I’m originally from there myself, I found this complex love letter to the town particularly touching. This tale is an absorbing … Continue reading Review: EUTCo’s Port

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

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

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

Review: EUTCo’s ‘The Shape of Things’

I entered the M&D room with little idea of what to expect, however, EUTCO’s The Shape of Things took me by surprise. For most of its two-hour duration, the play is an intense and voyeuristic examination of two couples, along with the diverse and ever-changing relationships between the four individuals. However, the final scene unravels much of what the audience has come to believe to be the truth about the characters. Facades crumble, lies emerge, and the audience is left questioning the truth of their own life, just as much as the truth of the play. Continue reading Review: EUTCo’s ‘The Shape of Things’

Review: Collaborators

The Exeter University Theatre Company (EUTCO) are in fine form. Having treated us to the fantastic A Clockwork Orange in January, I went to see Collaborators with high expectations. Despite being on a lower budget and prepared in less time than their last offering, it blew me away, perhaps even surpassing A Clockwork Orange in the strength of the acting, the intelligence of the plot … Continue reading Review: Collaborators