he usual whirl of Keble dramatic activity got off to a distinctive start this term with a five night production of Willy Russell's Educating Rita in the Wadham theatre. Ben McCann and Debra Tammer took the roles of Frank and Rita, with Nick Rees-Roberts directing.
The play proved a huge success, reporting full houses and rave reviews from even the jaded critics of the student papers. "It's a play that moves away from the traditional heavy drama often performed in Oxford" said McCann, explaining part of its popularity. "Although it is tinged with sadness, it is foremost a comedy, and its message is still valid - that anyone can get themelves an education."
It's appropriate, then, that Educating Rita should be chosen as part of the celebrations for the ARCO building on 1 July: and if current reviews are anything to go by, it should be a memorable performance. The Pusey Room will be the venue for the 1 July performance, but the change of location poses no problems to the versatility of everyone involved. After all, Wadham theatre is a squash court!
ilary has seen the long-awaited return of Keble College Music Society, brought back from the dead by a new committee and renewed enthusiam. With first year Suzanna Fitzpatrick as President, a programme of events is already in full swing, with more planned for next term.
First to be revived was the fortnightly programme of solo tea-time recitals, with Keble musicians performing such diverse programmes as music for voice, recorder and trombone. A concert was arranged for Sunday of seventh week as a showcase for Music Society performers, with the Warden - herself an accomplished pianist - kindly offering the use of her Lodgings for this.
Aside from this, two Keble-based music groups, the Oxford Classical Orchestra and Chorus, have been set up and are working on Schubert's Fifth Symphony and Britten's Flower Songs respectively, with a view to a concert mid-Trinity term. It is hoped that this will become a regular event; certainly, with all the musical talent around Keble, KCMS should continue making the quads alive with the sound of music.
the brick issue 3 - Hilary Term 1995
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