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The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

December 5, 2017

Once again this was as easy to read as wading through porridge. The concept was interesting but that is all I enjoyed about this play. In all honesty I'm not particularly fond of Brecht's theatre in general. He loathed theatre that did nothing but provided entertainment, 'after dinner theatre' he called it. Instead he wanted his audience to leave thinking, questioning and did everything in his power to…

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Endgame by Samuel Beckett

December 4, 2017

This is bizarrely funny. But you don't get that when you read it. Only when you see it performed. In our lecture on this play we were shown a clip with the actor who played Remus Lupin and its oddly hilarious. Beckett has always been associated with the theatre of the absurd. That being the act of making a mockery of our everyday constructs. Exposing the insanity inherent…

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

November 22, 2017

Macbeth remains my favourite of Shakespeare's works but I must admit Twelfth Night is a close second. I've yet to read one his plays that I didn't enjoy but I was surprised by how much I liked Twelfth Night. Historically I've always been drawn to the darker more bloody stories regardless of form. This particular play falls firmly under the category of comedy and doubtless would've had more…