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Theatre Review: ‘Antony & Cleopatra’

Globe

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

Alice Chambers reviews ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ at The Globe (May 2014), starring Phil Daniels as Antony and Eve Best as Cleopatra, directed by Jonathan Munby

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On a torrential Saturday, I headed to London’s Globe to watch ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. Accompanied by the whirring of a helicopter and the patter of rain, the play began with hypnotic Egyptian dancing and the roaring of drunken men. Eve Best shone in her role as Cleopatra, while unfortunately the substitute for Phil Daniels did not quite reach the dominance of a Roman leader with a highlighted script in his hand.

A Feast for the Senses

The National

Alice Chambers reviews ‘From Morning to Midnight’ at The National (January 2014), directed by Dennis Kelly

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As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2014.

As a keen lover of The National Theatre, I went to watch this unnerving play on a torrential Saturday afternoon. With the chaotic mounting of prep before Exeat hanging on my shoulders, I unfortunately had not researched the play before I went. Therefore, with much anticipation and a completely open mind, I awaited this performance.  It is the story of a bank clerk, who becomes intoxicated by a client and in a moment of elation, steals the contents of the till in a mad rush to pursue her. After becoming aware of his blatant error, he battles with himself, consequently deciding to embark on a journey of self-discovery; his ultimate goal being to find an experience worth purchasing as well as a reason for living.

Metamorphosis

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As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo.

By Tofe’ Ayeni

Last term, I took part in The Cheltenham Ladies’ College’s production of Metamorphosis, and I must say that I felt like quite a celebrity for a while, albeit having had a relatively small part.

A Taste of Theatre

Alice Chambers gives you a flavour of the theatre as she reviews recent shows in theatres all around the UK. From a pastor with a past to Argentinian political royalty, she’s really got it all covered.

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013)

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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By Naomi Morris Omori

As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo

Eleven girls from The Cheltenham Ladies’ College took part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer, performing two shows at Gryphon Venues which were both well received by critics, receiving three and four star reviews.

Theatre Review: Ubu Roi

Ubu Roi

By Synnøve Karlsen

As seen in Pegasus Pages, March 2013.

Play: Ubu Roi

Company: Cheek by Jowl

Rating: 4/5

A few weeks ago, I travelled to the Oxford Playhouse to see a modern interpretation of Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, directed by Declan Donnellan and performed in French with English surtitles. As a rather rude play full of boyish humour, it was originally aimed as an attack at Jarry’s old school teacher. It received so much criticism that it was only ever performed once in Jarry’s lifetime as it was condemned for its mockery of a bourgeois, hedonistic society. The play is about an old, fat, and crude man called Pa Ubu who aims to seize the throne of Poland and become incredibly rich through the use of his cardboard-cut-out horses and ‘the whole polish army’. The intentionally obscene and ridiculous plot mocks early 20th century Parisian society.

Standing Ovation for ‘Jane Eyre’

Jane Eyre

By Niamh Hanrahan

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

This year’s CLC production of Jane Eyre, directed by Mrs Richards, was performed at the Parabola Arts Centre on the 6th, 7th and 8th December, 2012. It was an adaptation of the original story by Charlotte Brontë, with Rochester’s secret wife, Bertha, also representing the other side of Jane’s personality, a mad, violent and passionate woman – everything a Victorian woman must not show herself to be in society.

Who Knew that the Classics Students were so Dramatic?

Drama and Classics

By Becky Todd

This article also appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo on Monday, 3rd December.

On Monday 13th November, an evening dedicated to exploring the portrayal of women in ancient literature was held in the Parabola Art Centre of the Ladies’ College. Organised by Classics teacher, Dr Wilkinson, the evening featured poems and plays performed by Drama and Classics students. The various extracts were in both modern English and the languages in which they were originally written: Latin and Ancient Greek.

‘Timon of Athens’ Stuns at The National Theatre

By Alice Chambers

“O, the fierce wretchedness that glory brings us!

Who would not wish to be from wealth exempt,

Since riches point to misery and contempt?”

–Flavius, Timon of Athens

One of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays, ‘Timon of Athens’, with Simon Russell Beale in the title role, was produced as a modern interpretation at the National Theatre in London.

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