24 Hour Plays

first_imgIt was always going to be interesting: six of Oxford’s finest young playwrights paired with six directors, randomly assigned to a group of actors and then given twenty-four hours to produce an original piece of theatre, all in the name of charity. The results were varied, both in content and quality. The majority clearly fell vitctim to a conflict between the grandiose ideas of the playwrights and the time constraints imposed by the exercise. The Gingerbread House in particular, while to be commended for its artistic vision, was dull and practically incomprehensible, and surprised everyone by abruptly finishing within ten minutes.The two most enjoyable plays, Alex Christofi’s The Reception and Cathy Thomas’ Who Needs Jesuits? kept it simple. The former centered around three slightly-inebriated bachelors slumped in a forgotten corner at a wedding reception, while Thomas’ delightfully irreverent production began as a stereotypical family breakfast that soon degenerated into bedlam. Both managed to be funny without seeming contrived and featured some excellent one-liners – but the highlight had to be an enthusiastic dance from Jack Farchy wearing nothing but a polka-dot mini dress. Also deserving special mention was Tom Campion’s touching play about the relationship between two cantankerous old men, roles which were played to perfection by Jonny Totman and Peter Clapp. And, as one would expect from any self-respecting playwright hailing from Wadham, there was of course a gratuitous and completely unnecessary reference to Nelson Mandela.While, conceptually, the idea of the 24 Hour Plays pulled all the right strings, in that it tested the creative skill of the playwrights and the initiative of the actors, the productions were, by and large, over-complex and over-ambitious, and as a result unpolished and unclear. In many of the plays the audience was left confused and frustrated, and dare I say it, wishing they had spent the last two hours watching re-runs of The OC. Ultimately, in a production with such unique time constraints as this, simplicity would have been preferable as opposed to trying to make artistic statements at the expense of coherence and clarity.Sarah DaviesDir. VariousKeble O’Reillylast_img read more

Unai Emery breaks silence over Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ sending off during Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester

first_imgUnai Emery breaks silence over Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ sending off during Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Apr 2019 3:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link305Shares Ainsley Maitland-Niles received his marching orders against Leicester (Getty Images)Unai Emery has criticised Michael Oliver for sending off Ainsley Maitland-Niles during Arsenal’s below-par 3-0 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.Arsenal started the game on the back foot and their hopes of gaining a positive result were dealt a huge blow when Maitland-Niles was sent off ten minutes before half-time for a second yellow.A header from Youri Tielemans and a late double from Jamie Vardy in the second half handed Leicester a comprehensive victory while condemning Arsenal to a damaging defeat.Maitland-Niles was dismissed for two fouls on James Maddison, however, Emery felt that the 21-year-old’s first yellow card after eight minutes shouldn’t have been given.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Unai Emery had to be calmed down by Michael Oliver in the second half (Getty Images)‘For me the first yellow card is not. I do not agree with this decision and it has conditioned a lot our match,’ Emery told BBC Sport after the game.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Our gameplan with one player less is difficult and Leicester they have good players.‘But we needed to continue. We prepared at half-time some changes to keep the possibilities in the match but knowing it would be difficult.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery was furious with Michael Oliver’s decision to brandish the red card and he had to be calmed down by the referee midway through the second half.Following Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday, Arsenal had a big opportunity to close the gap on their north London rivals in the race for the top-four with a win over Leicester.However, they never got going and Bernd Leno was comfortably their best player even before Maitland-Niles’ sending off, making nine saves over the course of the match.Arsenal have now suffered three successive Premier League defeats following losses to Crystal Palace and Wolves and find themselves fifth in the Premier League table.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more