Category: Reviews

Review: Twelfth Night

Felicity Juckes reviews the final DST show of the year. In the final week of the summer term, HBT brings one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies to life on Hild Bede’s lawn, and despite three of their cast only stepping into...

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Review: Blackadder the Third

Helen Chatterton enjoys an evening of foolish comedy in Ooook’s latest production. Blackadder the Third Helen Chatterton enjoys an evening of foolish comedy in Ooook’s latest production. Ooook! Productions’ latest...

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Review: Little Shop of Horrors

Julia Atherley takes a trip to Skid Row. Little Shop of Horrors is the latest production by Foot of the Hill Theatre Company. Staged in St Mary’s College dining hall and directed by Kimran Rana, the energetic musical was a great...

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Review: Shopping and F***ing

Julia Atherley spends an evening at Empty Shop. Shopping and F***ing is ACT’s latest production, directed by Eleri Crossland. Written by Mark Ravenhill, the play focuses around a small set of characters and their battles with...

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Review: Hedda Gabler

Kabir Jhala sees Collingwood Woodplayers let loose Ibsen’s demons. Hedda Gabbler is no easy feat to pull off. Ibsen’s tale of the unhappily married, aristocratic Hedda Tesman (née Gabler) is famed for the...

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Review: Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons

Shona Graham gets one of her five-a-day with Phoenix Theatre Company’s latest theatrical offering. Sophie Wright, Andrew Cowburn and Ambika Mod have produced a little gem in the heart of the DSU. Though the original play...

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Review: Landing

Sophie Wright is left slightly underwhelmed by this piece of new writing. There isn’t enough respect given to new student writing, in whatever form it takes. DFoA has showcased some excellent examples, and in the Black Box two...

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Review: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shona Graham enjoys a sunny Shakespearian afternoon in Fellows’ Garden. One of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies is given a reboot by CTC, bringing it into the 20th century. Castle Theatre Company’s summer Shakespeare...

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Review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Naomi Solomons takes an operatic trip down the rabbit hole. Durham Opera Ensemble are no strangers to ambition; after a stunning Epiphany term production, they again went for a more unconventional choice, staging a jazz opera by...

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Review: Zanna, Don’t!

Christye McKinney enters the colourful and high-energy world of Heartsville. Like a High School Musical spin-off, Zanna, Don’t! is a glittery, spirited play-within-a-play that revolves around a predestined romance. With Sophie...

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Review: Wasted

Laura Jane Hepworth enjoys a play about growing up, getting wasted and wasting life. Let me get one thing straight: this show is very much like marmite. There will be those who quiver at the sight of this very different and...

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Review: Joseph K

Max Lindon sees a darkly comic and contemporary stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s ‘The Trial’. LTC’s production of Joseph K by Tom Basden reimagines The Trial in 21st century Britain. The totalitarian state of...

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