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

Romeo A Juliet @ Exeter Northcott

Ballet Cymru, led by artistic director Darius James (OBE), claims to do things a bit differently. If we are to judge by this revival tour of their 2013 ballet Romeo a Juliet, choreographed by him and assistant artistic director Amy Doughty, that statement is indeed true. I applaud the moves towards inclusivity, which feel genuine and never tokenistic. To have a female dancer portraying Benvolio and Friar Lawrence, as well as a wheelchair-using dancer (Joe Powell-Main) in ballet are mention-worthy. It would have been wonderful to see Powell-Main featured even more prominently, but this inclusion is definitely the move in the right direction for ballet and dance in general. Continue reading Romeo A Juliet @ Exeter Northcott

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

The Devil in the Detail

Review of Richard Alston’s Dance Company at the Northcott 26th Feb The show was comprised of three pieces with an interval between each. The first was a revival of one of Alston‘s classic pieces “The Devil in the Detail” based on the music of Scott Joplin. The second was a relatively new piece called “Buzzing round the Hunnisuckle” set to pieces by Jo Kondo. And … Continue reading The Devil in the Detail

Arts Events on Campus

World Class Bands at Exeter Newton Faulkner: Saturday 20 October, 7.30pm. Exeter Great Hall, Forum. Tickets £19 Shinedown: Thursday 25 October, 7pm, Exeter Great Hall, Forum. Tickets £17 Kaiser Chiefs: Saturday  23 February, 7.30pm, Exeter Great Hall, Forum. Tickets £26 Tickets available on 01392 667080, or online at exeterphoenix.org.uk Mr Scruff: Tuesday 9 November, 9pm, Lemmy. Tickets £12 Gojira: Sunday 14 November, 7.30pm, Lemmy. Tickets £14 DJ Fresh: … Continue reading Arts Events on Campus

Woyzeck on the Highveld: A Northcott Review

Razz editor, Anna went along to see the new production from the Handspring Puppet Company, here are her thoughts… Handspring Puppet company, well known for having created War Horse, have returned with the unique performance that is Woyzeck on the Highveld. The company began in 1981 by co-founders Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, starting with children’s shows, later moving on to adult theatre. Their technique … Continue reading Woyzeck on the Highveld: A Northcott Review