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In The Wake: An Interview with Helen Trevorrow

Kay, devastated by her mother’s death, is struggling to maintain her high-flying career in public relations. When called upon to handle a gruesome discovery in London’s Royal Albert Dock on behalf of her client, she soon becomes entangled in the mystery she’s been brought in to manage. As she spirals out of control, long suppressed […]

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Ashmolean: America’s Cool Modernism

For many people the familiar story of America in the Roaring Twenties is that of The Great Gatsby, the Harlem Renaissance and the Machine Age; while the 1930s are known as the ‘Steinbeckian world’ as marked by the Great Depression and New Deal. The Ashmolean’s latest exhibition however dispels these images with a display that […]

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A Love Letter to La Gratinée: The Importance of Late-Night Food

Toby Hambly Something I think we’ve all experienced at one point or another is that hazy interval after waking in which one has no idea whatsoever if one’s dreams were real. Did I score in the FA Cup final? Is Donald Trump the president? Are we at war with North Korea? Slowly, of course, reality […]

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Review: The Dragprov Revue

The Dragprov Revue – a title born out of the marrying together of drag and improv. But in the case of this drag king/drag queen double act, the drag seems almost secondary. The gift Ed Scrivens (‘Eaton Messe’) and Francesca Forristal (‘Christian Adore’) have for improvisation is what carries the show – a talent made […]

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Mi Flamenco Presents: Incognito

Exciting, moving flamenco dance, powerful song, virtuoso guitar and cello – with lots of charm, imagination and theatre thrown in Incognito, by international flamenco company Mi Flamenco is touring for the last time this spring. It is a show not to be missed. It contains all the spirit of authentic, pulsating flamenco, intertwined with the […]

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Getting Life Back Up: An Interview with Elton Justice

Scotland-born Elton Justice spent three years of his life living in a country of the Far East (having previously lived in London). One day he posted the following about the country’s prime minister on his Facebook page: “He is an elected dictator.” Government authorities then set about ruining his life. “It was a constant psychological […]

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“Different, New, and Quite Dangerous”: An Interview with Jo Noble

Last year Jo Noble directed Oxford Playhouse’s 17|25 Young Company in Jane Eyre, which “got really good reviews”, she recalls. “It was a complicated text in many ways,” I’m told. “Often in quite dense novels, an awful lot of interest is in the minutiae of the writing, the descriptions and so forth, which of course […]

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The Spirit of Cilla: An Interview with Kara Lily Hayworth

After acting on screen and stage Kara Lily Hayworth has now risen to play one the UK’s best-loved national treasures. The life of Liverpudlian legend, Cilla Black, has been fashioned into a gorgeous new musical, adapted from the critically-acclaimed ITV mini-series written by BAFTA award-winner Jeff Pope. One of the few truly great all-round entertainers, […]

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Proper Trousers: An Interview with Adam Kashmiry

Sam Bennett “You were born a girl, in the traditional sense, in Egypt,” I say to Adam Kashmiry, not quite sure of my terminology, “but you wanted to be a boy.” “Yes,” he says. Growing up in Egypt, his expressions of so-called masculinity were not accepted by others – the way he walked, talked and […]

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Ryan & Liam Simpson-Trotman: “It’s About Being Brave and Bold”

Oxfordshire is undoubtedly blessed with a wealth of excellent chefs, but few have the kind of fierce passion and sheer artistry that Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman have. As the proprietors of one of Oxfordshire’s best restaurants, Orwells – near Shiplake – the pair have won numerous accolades including four AA rosettes, and in our opinion, […]

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