Category Archives: Art & Theatre Reviews

April Fooled.. Last of the Literary Fest

  The last few moments of this years Oxford Literary Festival fooled me.  A few pieces of the past were still strewn about town as I walked through but alas the amazing event has just left town.         Thankfully an exhibition in the Vaults cafe celebrates the buzz of the festival that has […]
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Galway Art

    Music on The Water is an exhibition in Galway City Museum of paintings by Artist Maurice Quillinan.  Based in Kildare, Quillinan studied Art at Limerick and later the Royal College of Art.  His work is held in private collections across the globe.  I got lucky and stumbled on a site specific portrayal of […]
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Dynwens Last Symphony – the past is cast

    This photo was taken near a well and reminds me of the region of Wales where Saint Dynwen’s story began.   Tomorrow is the patron saint of Love’s day of celebration.  This celtic Saint has her own island devoted to her near Anglesey in Wales where floral tributes are left.   My new […]
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Water Cycle

Water Cycle by Lita Doolan   CAST   Lou – a journalist Fritz – a young sculptor   A fiction set in the work room of a young sculptor. A journalist tries to get his secrets.     (Fritz sits alone upstage right reading a letter. He hunts for a CD on his person and […]
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how to make theatre absurd

  It’s a familiar question.   Tell us a story when you were going about your own business and something completely ridiculous or inexplicable happened. What did you do? I walked into a familiar space with a ticket to a secret show.  The new fashion across our local theatres is to serve up a play […]
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The Joy of St Peter’s

  First, a warning: A lot of what you read here may surprise you. On the surface, it sounds unbelievable. How could something so traditional as a historic church surprise anyone? It is easy to walk by, you know the scenario. A show with heavy marketing, laden down with posters, guided me South. Especially during […]
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Don’t fall… jump into love!

Thomas Dawkins sparkles as Jack, the hero in this Oscar Wilde adaptation, and tops and tails the show doubling as a young writer in search of his sidekick. In both future and past scenarios he finds a muse in the steadfast gaze of Cassandra Foster who plays an assured Gwendolen. Pamela Schermann’s direction presents a […]
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Court fixing up the past

Looking back at my annual August visits to Edinburgh Festival Venue brings alive the stories of a medieval building.   George Riddell changed the front of a building at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in 1726 and took a step forward for the Scottish Enlightenment. Scotland’s Union with England in 1707 meant the end of the […]
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Camden Calling

  Camden is a part of London that swings so much the tube station closes periodically to incoming passengers just because it is too busy.  There are plans to expand the railway platforms but this will mean moving some of the iconic buildings that adorn Camden High Street.  This is currently my block as I […]
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Beautiful Expectations

  A touring production of a new play ‘This May Hurt A Bit’ comes to Oxford with high expectations as it is performed at a time when a few hospitals face closure.   The timeless feeling of ill health is reinforced by the surreal entrances of politicians from the year the NHS was founded stepping […]
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