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Review: The Tempest @ Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

When you think of Shakespeare, people tend to think of The Globe, or Stratford-upon-Avon, not York. But Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York is now in its second summer, and offers a great opportunity to see Shakespeare plays performed in an intimate, authentic setting. The pop-up theatre is constructed at the base of Clifford’s Tower, which provides a great historic setting for a replica Globe Theatre. This year, the theatre is showing The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Hamlet and Henry V, with one of the two companies also performing children’s play Billy Shakes: Wonderboy!.  Continue reading Review: The Tempest @ Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York

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Review: Loneliness And Other Adventures @ Drayton Arms Theatre, Kensington

To describe Loneliness And Other Adventures in one word, it would be ‘relatable’. Writer and performer Mollie Semple has tapped into the consciousness of so many young women in this one-woman play, focusing on a twenty-one year-old woman as she attempts to deal with loneliness and the fear of dying alone. Under the direction of Sophie Leydon, Semple has crafted and performed a wonderful script, both touching and funny, that is sure to connect with anyone who has ever felt alone. Continue reading Review: Loneliness And Other Adventures @ Drayton Arms Theatre, Kensington

Review: Mannequin Mouth’s ‘Armageddon Baby’

Six housemates are confronted with the end of the world knocking ferociously at their front door. With no chance of stopping it, they plan to use their final evening to go out with a bang. An intriguing mix of irrational and logical, panicked and patient, attacker and victim, these housemates are an unlikely – and unlikeable – bunch, and their Armageddon party will only degenerate already unstable relationships within themselves and each other. Continue reading Review: Mannequin Mouth’s ‘Armageddon Baby’

Review: Fringe Preview-Shotgun Theatre’s ‘The Remarkables’

After seeing The Remarkables when it first debuted in March, I was intrigued to see how co-writers Matt Smith and Sean Wareing had edited their original musical to make it Fringe-ready. With a few script cuts and new songs, I was impressed to see the changes made while retaining the show’s hilarity and ridiculousness. With an incredibly witty cast and creative team, The Remarkables remains a thoroughly enjoyable and strikingly professional student-written musical.   Continue reading Review: Fringe Preview-Shotgun Theatre’s ‘The Remarkables’

Review: Fringe Preview-Theatre With Teeth’s ‘Mary’s Room’

Focused on the eponymous philosophical experiment of ‘Epiphenomenal Qualia’ – informally known as Mary’s Room – Amy White’s production is a fascinating exploration of the Human. When Professors Shelley and Cavendish build ‘Adam’, their first artificially created man, they stumble upon student Mary to test the extent of his humanity, and whether such machines can possess a soul. Through their unexpected friendship, Adam begins to show flaws that align with all the naturally “broken” parts of being a human.
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Review: Unknown

Hannah O’Dowd’s T3 play Unknown featured some of the strongest student talent that I’ve come across at Exeter.

In what was undoubtedly the most moving piece of university theatre I’ve seen, this play tells the true story of a plane accident and its consequences on Hannah, the writer and protagonist. Unknown tackles the complex theme of trauma with sensitivity and maturity on the writer’s part, showing the evolution of her psychological and physical wellbeing in the two years since the incident. While autobiographical, the play has a broader outlook, preventing it from feeling overly personal. O’Dowd’s aim has been to create a meaningful piece of work that gives voice to the victims and survivors of brain injury, memory loss and trauma, as well as what at times feels like a more personal attempt at catharsis. It is gentle and at times wry, while humour and light-heartedness also give the play a fresh outlook and reveal O’Dowd’s writing skill, as well as her self-awareness and perspective. Continue reading Review: Unknown

Review: ‘Hamlet’ by Shakespeare Society

After having the pleasure of being invited to review Shakespeare Society’s production of Doctor Faustus earlier this year, I was incredibly pleased to see that their latest production of Hamlet was up for review. I leapt at the opportunity, and can quite happily say that, while something may be rotten in the state of Denmark, there was nothing rotten about this wonderful performance! For Razz readers … Continue reading Review: ‘Hamlet’ by Shakespeare Society