My Mid-Year Review

A couple of weeks ago, I completed (and passed!) my Mid-Year Review. A Mid-Year Review (sometimes known as an ‘upgrade’) is a compulsory part of my PhD programme. It takes place halfway through the first year of doctoral study, and involves submitting a sample of written work (mine had to be 5,000 words in length, plus 2,000 words…

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A Fresh Take on the Past: Amadeus @ the National Theatre

Amadeus is a play that’s all about storytelling. The narrative begins with an elderly Antonio Salieri addressing a ‘future audience’, claiming to have been responsible for the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Rumours are heard passing through the streets of Vienna. Could his claims be true, the people ask? The action that follows is the story…

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The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy @ Kings Cross Theatre, London

As weekends go, this last one was pretty Shakespeare-heavy. Saturday involved a 6:30am start, an early train to London, and many hours spent in the auditorium of the Donmar’s temporary Kings Cross Theatre. I was a YOUNG+FREE ticket-holder for the company’s first Shakespeare Trilogy performance, and I was ready for some serious Shakespeare. Three plays in a single day,…

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Romeo and Juliet: Live-Streamed from the Garrick Theatre, London

Last night, I went to see the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s (KBTC) live-streamed production of Romeo and Juliet at my local cinema. I enjoyed it. Lily James made a great Juliet, the action was freshened up by new interpretations of all-too familiar scenes (e.g. balcony scene + alcohol = funnies), and the influence of film noir made…

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‘The Winter’s Tale’ Ballet @ the Royal Opera House

It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks. Since I last posted here, I’ve met my Midlands3Cities PhD cohort at a two-day welcome event in Nottingham, crammed my face with cream teas in the coffee shops of Cornwall, and chaired an international conference at the Shakespeare Institute. There’s been so much to blog about, but no…

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