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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

December 21, 2017

I've come to the conclusion that I just don't particularly enjoy reading plays. There was nothing wrong with Cat on a Hot Tin Roof but my god were there an awful lot of stage directions. Admittedly, that makes it a great play to analyse in academia but to read for pleasure no just no. It's incredibly disjointed reading a conversation between two characters to then have to read…

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Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

December 20, 2017

Yet another play I had to read for my Intro to Drama module this semester. I'd put Hedda Gabler firmly in the middle when it comes to my enjoyment of the plays I've read. I thought it was good but it wasn't my favourite. Hedda is a woman that doesn't fit with her time. She doesn't want to be told what to do and sees only one way…

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Othello

December 15, 2017

I love Shakespeare but this wasn't my favourite. I still enjoyed it and thought that the characters were incredibly dynamic but Macbeth still has my heart. There's a lot of political intrigue, which isn't unheard of for Shakespeare...nor is a starcrossed romance. Othello is a POC character often referred to with racial slurs. But then praised for his military prowess. With nothing but his charm he woos the…

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Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill

December 5, 2017

This isn't the sort of play you can read on the train...or half asleep. Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9 aims to make strange that which we see far too often, similar to Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle (review here). But this play does it in a far more interesting and entertaining way. Certain characters are cross cast, meaning a man can be played by a woman, a POC character can…

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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…