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Journeys – REVIEW

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The square canvases of Claire Wiltsher’s work accentuate the dimensions of the dramatic global scenery she captures with oil paint and mixed media.  Materials collected on her worldwide journeys are incorporated into some of the pieces to generate a 3 dimensional experience when viewed from a distance.  In exciting abstract pieces, such as ‘Spatial risks’, concentric layers of paint circle outwards to represent the dizzying dynamics of large buildings.  Circumnavigating the spherical O3 gallery, destinations […]

Forgotten Voices – REVIEW

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Strangers meet over coffee in a lobby after giving interviews of their experiences of World War I in this 90 minute performance that embraces the suffering inflicted on the survivors of man’s bloodiest conflict to date.  Kitty, widowed early in life, loses the capacity to fall in love again, ‘It was all over for me.’  Colourful anecdotes of working in munitions factories where the yellow powder taints the girls’ skin yellow are told.  The ‘bevvy […]

PASSION !

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On the site of Oxford Castle’s medieval Chapel, ‘Passion’ is performed telling the tale of Christ’s last days on earth. All that remains now of St George’s Chapel is the underground crypt that lies beneath the outdoor stage, supporting the show’s exuberant spirit that strengthens any faith you may have walked into the space with.  The four Gospels, as recently translated by Nicholas King SJ, are dramatised in the Passion Play, a format used originally […]

Equestrian Art

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Monday Lunch time review… Paintings by Neil Cawthorne and Barrie Linklater capture the dynamic speed of horses in motion whilst detailing the fine musculature of the equine species.  Scaled up sculptures by Lorne McKean portray man’s best friend such as ‘Lillie’ the Bulldog and ‘Boris’ the charismatic Great Dane. The swirling surfaces McKean finishes her sculptures with give an inner life to the subjects that greet the visitor with beady canine eyes. All work in […]

Find the Fun in making your writing SHINE!

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I love writing. Don’t you? Getting all your thoughts down on paper and out of your head. No one to say what’s right or wrong (shut up inner critic now !) No one to tell you even what to write. You can be your true self.  You can honour your feelings. You can be that rebel.  You can try out a new you. It’s all about you. What’s not to like? Ah.  Just one thing. The […]

Interval Notes

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Recently my local theatre has had a face lift.  The seats are now multi coloured and the art deco doors have a face lift.  A new portrait needs to be created.  I show how I create mine using words that then review the shows that go on inside there.  I have reviewed over 200 shows at the Oxford Playhouse and beyond. Other posts about portraits are here Guide to Painting the portrait of a show Mark the […]

Rant ! Call to Action ! Theatre needs you ;-)

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So what if three people in London don’t like your play. Or your Art. Or your dance. Well it does matter if those 3 people are the key writers for the main newspaper theatre blogs and that is all anybody ever reads and then nobody comes to your show and the play that you’ve just spent a year writing and producing is not likely to go any further. I’ve been with a cast of a […]

Details for Writing a Theatre Review with HEART !

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The best advice I ever heard about putting a theatre review together is to make sure it is a useful experience for the reader from start to finish. So I am sharing this – along with a photograph that inspired it FAST REVIEW BLUEPRINT  You had a strong reaction to something you saw on a stage and you want to write about it You’re in the right place. I have a system for it.  And […]

Cool questions to ask at a post show talk

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After a great show at your local theatre sometimes there is the chance to meet the cast for an informal QandA. This may even spark off the idea to write a review of the show to a local paper or blog it yourself. The details the creative director gives about the show can often make things clearer and the insights are something worth sharing with other people who may want to see the show. Deeper […]

Questions to ask on a theatre tour

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It can be useful to add information about the venue especially if it is a site specific work as in a show that is created to performed in one particular spot like a public park or old shed. It is also interesting to do a review of the building itself as a separate review if you are looking for content for your blog. Was the building always a theatre? The past history of an arts space is often […]