Category Archives: Art & Theatre Reviews

Time for Tea

The story of the 2002 Cowgate fire is told through the lives of 3 fragile lives shattered by the event. ‘Succinct’ – Paul Vale of ‘The Stage’ Etcetera Theatre, Camden High Street – July 30th 12.30 – £7 (£5)  Book Now Flames burn for 52 hours after a spark devastates a city. A young girl […]
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Boy Who Stole The Ogre’s Treasure

The young dancer captured above prompted me to see the young dancers of my home county in the community pantomime where I learnt about the history of a pantomime story. The moral of this story, to help listeners utilise their own power, goes back 5000 years. Rooted in a group of stories classified as ‘The […]
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Party Speakers

Outsized heads stand up as characters. Gender fluid perceptions result from the clean outlines of features of Nicolas Party’s work. Inspired by Japanese Noh masks and Egyptian Sarcophagi the faces project a bold expression. The eyes are open and seemingly absorb the room in this exhibition of ‘Speakers’.   The former graffiti artist Nicolas Party […]
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All Quiet on the Western Front – Review

I saw a show that dramatised trench warfare that brought me to tears. I wanted to share the experience because of the depth of feeling it conveyed to me in layers and depth that I have tried to reflect in images. In spite of the evocative script sensitively adapted from Erich Remarque’s novel, it’s what […]
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Beyond my Fringe

I am living in a tiny dorm room for a month. The man in front of me picking up hid key asks if there is air con. The receptionist says there’s a window you can open.   As I trail through a maze of corridors with 2 backpacks I wonder if I truly needed 3 […]
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Shakespeare’s Dead Exhibit

A major exhibition to mark the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death (May 3, 1616) opens in the Weston Library, Oxford and is proving popular with the city’s tourists and locals alike. The Shakespeare exhibition at the Weston gets to the beating heart of the author with important texts displayed chronologically.  Arguably the most important is the […]
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Perfect Theatre of Pantomime

  Winter Solstice in the UK today has arrived along with lots of blue sky.  The Christmas Markets nearby are more fun with the milder weather so it is great to spend time gazing at the craft stalls and carousels.     I spent the night in a medieval Estate house, now a hotel, and got […]
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Display of Genius at Bodleian Library

    Oxford publisher Basil Blackwell was known as the ‘Gaffer’ and has his personal library on display near a featured exhibition of books curated by Sir Thomas Bodley in the Bodleian library. Bodley founded the library that is showing off some brand new architecture that envelops the outside. The new additions to the Bodleian […]
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Ed Paschke

Ed Paschke shows how blurred boundaries provide a useful resource to build strong relationships from. The warmth from the faces such as ‘Hilda’ stare brazenly out at the viewer and could be attested to the close ties Paschke built with colleagues in his studio who supported his creative process.   It is hard to know where the […]
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Upward Mobility

This month the gallery at Modern Art Oxford has a juice bar at the centre of the building to celebrate a new exhibition that looks at how we are never truly private when we walk outside. The barriers between what is personal and what is public are investigated by placing iPads as cameras in garden […]
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