So I promised that I would blog once a week. Oops. Since I brought my blog back from the dead I have posted once… Then I slipped back into my old routine of neglection. If there was a law against blog neglection I’d be on the offenders list and sentenced to life.
Since our last one way conversation, I have seen two plays. One professional, one amateur. Both amazing. Firstly, I saw Euripides’ Electra at New College Oxford. Performed outdoors by classics students, I wasn’t expecting a stellar performance. They proved me wrong – the actors playing Electra, Orestes and Messenger were outstanding. Everyone else was strong, but these three really shone. I hadn’t seen a Greek tragedy since KES’ Bacchae of 2011 and it was wonderfully refreshing to see the origins of theatre in its original outdoor form.
Following this, I saw a much more recent piece of theatre – Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at the Arcola Theatre, directed by ex-Eton Director of Drama Simon Dormandy. And this play was also refreshing, but in a bizarre and inexplicable way. This being my first Beckett experience, I was incredibly disorientated throughout but absolutely loved the experience. The set, a room of rubble and mud, had to be walked across to get to seats, and the experience was so intimate that I ended up being knocked by one of the five actors. I can’t really review it because for the whole show I was on the edge of my seat and forgot to think of anything to do with the outside world. The show left me feeling so complete that I thought the interval was the end of the show, then when I realised my foolishness I was so excited to get to see more! Seriously though, this show is such a buzz and there is some first-class acting and set design that goes on, so if you can then do go and see it!
My third (and final, you’ll be pleased to hear) story is one of plugging. A shameless bit of plugging. Do any of you remember me mentioning a show called She Who Shines? Basically, this show about Persephone, Death and the Greek Gods, masterminded by Alice Woodhouse, is so awesome that it is returning not for a second time but for the third time! How cool is that? It’s lasted longer than The X-Factor the Musical: I Can’t Sing! And this time, it’s not in the studio but in the MAIN SPACE! That’s 250 seats that will fill up to see some super-awesome acting. So if I were you, I’d go and see it and have a whirlwind of a time – you won’t be disappointed.
So, in short: university drama at New College Oxford is very good, Samuel Beckett plays are weird but totally weird, and go to Playbox Theatre to see She Who Shines.
Tara for now x