The Duchess of Malfi: A Review
"Evocative performances, convoluted script, limited visual resources"
On breakups: Dumping exes and expectations
In a perverse way, I think I was excited for my first break up. I grew up on a cultural diet of Elle Woods...
Review: Intimacies, after Vallotton
"Against the backdrop of Majek’s enigmatic blue-toned figures, Spencer, with the help of a multi-roling, all-Black voice cast playing a broad spectrum of characters, reveals tantalising glimpses of these figures’ lives."
In conversation with the Oxford Opera Society
"Those who aren’t so familiar with the plots of the major operas, or who wish to immerse themselves in the romance, revenge and occasional comedy so characteristic of the genre, needn’t worry that Opera Scenes isn’t staging a full production."
‘Mortality and the human condition’ – Review: Wednesday, Death Meditation
"This uncomplicated plot provides Worth with rich opportunities for philosophical musings, with ideas explored in the piece ranging from the abrupt to the more profound."
Wearing the colour pink
"just as paler pinks bring to mind troubling questions about our femininity and how we express it, brighter pinks can tread a fine line between feminine power and caricature."
Review: West Side Story (2021)
CW: sexual assault. For musical theatre purists and sceptics alike, Steven Spielberg’s reboot of West Side Story remains a hard sell. According to the naysayers,...
Review: Songs of the Silenced // Musketeer Productions
In the maelstrom of reinterpretations of misunderstood Homeric women and Greek tragedy revivals, the show’s lyrics stand out for consistently centring the core themes and questions asked by the ancient texts themselves.
‘To help us survive’: On Stephen Sondheim
'I didn’t know how to articulate this at the time, but watching West Side Story I encountered for the first time a quality I’ve come to look for in great musical theatre: the distillation of complex emotion into song in a rounded yet deceptively simple manner. Here was a prime example of showtunes’ unique ability to bring human feeling to a higher plane.'
Given how many people you’re likely to meet in your first few weeks at Oxford, don’t be surprised if you make a romantic connection...
Review: V-Card by Alison Hall // Blue Moon Theatre
'The university-set dating satire provides a perfect balance of authenticity, heart and nuanced observations on student sexuality.'
Review- In the Heights
“No pare, sigue, sigue” (a Spanish aphorism which translates as “don’t stop, keep going, keep going”) is a particularly catchy recurring motif from the...
Light Ahead – Ashmolean celebrates communities and faiths of Oxfordshire
"One World, a five-month virtual festival hosted by the Ashmolean and celebrating the diversity of faiths and communities in Oxfordshire, concluded on 11th April, with a series of videos streamed online entitled ‘Light Ahead’."