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Behind the Scenes with Songs From The Old World: Shows We Wish We’d Done

Oxford’s theatre community proves perpetually innovative in the face of current restrictions. 00 Productions are back with another virtual show, “Songs of the old world: shows we wish we’d done”, a cabaret comprised of songs from shows which have been affected by COVID-19 in some way. The event is in aid of three charities: Artists Read More…

Culture Music theatre

Behind the Scenes with the Raise Your Voice Theater Collective

Perhaps you were lucky enough to catch RENT! in Hilary 2019, the very first musical by the St Catz theatre society. Well, the cast is back, this time through the new endeavour Raise Your Voice Theater Collective, a virtual musical theater fundraiser in support of Color of Change and UK Black Pride.  I talk to Read More…

Columns theatre

I’m A Female Classicist, Get Me Out Of Here!: The Power Of Theatre

Not only are the plays set in an entirely different society with its own distinct and complex culture, but we are separated from these events by thousands of years. It is easier to address our own flaws, both personal and societal, when they wear the mask of someone else’s.

Culture theatre

Rethinking Auditions in a Virtual World

Translating theatre from the physical to the online world means that every stage of development has had to mutate, including auditions. I sat down over Zoom to catch up with actors and directors who have delved into this new world and discovered the comfort and confinement of virtual auditions. Dorothy McDowell and Maggie Moriarty both Read More…

Culture Film & TV

Talking Heads: Alan Bennett’s Elegy for the Everyday

Art does not have to transcend life; sometimes, it can sit alongside it. James Joyce knew this when, towards the end of the “Calypso” episode of his book Ulysses, he chose to place his middle-aged protagonist Leopold Bloom on the toilet. Sat in his outhouse with a newspaper in his hand, Bloom tries to focus Read More…