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Horatio and Me by Lettie Mckie

- reviewed by James Webster – ArtsLav – a venue that’s ‘flush’ with success I’ve always been a fan of site-specific shows; putting art into unexpected and strange places is a great way to craft a unique and interesting event, but I have to say I was surprised when I heard that this gig was…

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300 to 1 by Monkey Poet

-Reviewed by James Webster- I was unfortunate to miss Monkey Poet‘s epic satire of Frank Miller/Zach Snyder’s homoerotic, pro-war extravaganza at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, so I was really pleased to be able to catch it in Oxford this month. It’s a bit of an ‘out there’ idea: a teenager struggling with poetry homework…

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Can’t Care, Won’t Care by Sophia Walker

- reviewed by James Webster – Sophia Walker‘s Can’t Care, Won’t Care is a brilliantly traumatic show. Walker reaches into your guts with powerful, grasping words and twists until the tears squeeze out of your eyes. It’s hard to sit through; achingly, emotionally, superbly written and performed. Harrowing would be a good word. It’s cleverly…

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Asking Nicely by Hannah Chutzpah

  – reviewed by James Webster – Asking Nicely is a thoroughly entertaining and insightful piece by Hannah Chutzpah that dissects the ways we ask for and are given permission with near-surgical accuracy. She skilfully breaks down the power and privilege that condition our language and behaviour, crafting a convincing argument from anecdote, poetry, quotations…

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Shame by John Berkavitch

- reviewed by James Webster – Shame is a highly ambitious and well-realised multi-disciplinary show. Created by John Berkavitch, this genre-bending show blends theatre, spoken word, hip hop, physical theatre, music and animation into a dizzying and highly accomplished performance. It begins with Berkavitch asking the audience the question ‘what are you most ashamed of’,…

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Wingman by Richard Marsh

- reviewed by James Webster – Richard Marsh‘s two-man poetry play is a marvel of wit and emotion. Like all good comedies, the gags flow thick and fast, rich with wit and dexterous wordplay. What makes it a great comedy is that the jokes are rooted in deep and powerful emotion, as Marsh twines together…

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Other Voices: Spoken Word Cabaret

- reviewed by James Webster – Our Performance Editor is in Edinburgh for the next week, trying to review as many Spoken Word shows as possible before he has to go home (or words begin to lose all meaning, whichever comes first). His first stop was the always impressive Other Voices on 12/08/14. The Concept…