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“A romcom that has cynicism, suspense, and depth”: EUSC’s As You Like It review

Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s As You like It with realism and humour – just as we like it, indeed. Banished from court by the authoritarian Duke Frederick (Peter Morrison), the characters flee to a forest where they pursue love, marriage and joy. It sounds simple, but thankfully, director Michael Zwiauer ensures the […]

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“Dirtily delighting and delightfully dirty” ‒ EAST review

“Get thee to a nunnery — in other words, piss off!” It’s no secret that Shakespeare gets smutty. Pleasant fountains, thinking about nothing, and Cs, Us, ‘nd Ts — the Bard clearly had something on the mind. Nor it is an unknown that Cockney slang has more than a pinch of poetry to it — […]

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‘Worth seeing several times’ ‒ The Taming of the Shrew review

The Taming of the Shrew, written by William Shakespeare is the story of a girl known as ‘the shrew’ merely because she stands up for herself and has a voice. That is, up until a man tames her to make her an obedient wife. It’s a play which is disturbing to the modern eye. It […]

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‘Conflicted and uncomfortable: that’s how we like our audience’ ‒ Interview with the directors and cast of The Taming of the Shrew

“I hope no one walks out feeling like they understand, like they’ve made their judgement and they’re fine with it. I hope that they come out feeling conflicted and uncomfortable.”  So director Tilly Botsford describes her ambition for the Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company’s latest production, The Taming of the Shrew. She is met with enthusiastic […]

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An Interview with the Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare in an hour. Sounds crazy, no? For the Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company (EUSC), however, it is a challenge which they are facing head on this Fringe with their interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing. Set in Sicily during the 1980s, this production is set to be a beautifully aesthetic and youthful version of a […]

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Much Ado About Nothing

It is typical for modern productions of Shakespeare to transport his plays from their original geographical and temporal contexts into a new place and time. Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company’s (EUSC) production of Much Ado About Nothing – the company’s first show at the Fringe in its ten-year history – keeps the original Sicilian setting of […]

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EUSC’s Romeo and Juliet

It was a brave decision for the University Shakespeare Company to perform the unabridged version of Romeo and Juliet, and it is commendable that the entire cast were fully committed to bringing Shakespeare’s classic dramatic tragedy in it’s undiluted form, to the stage. It was a well-rehearsed and slick performance. However there were a few […]

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Interview with: The team behind EUSC’S Romeo and Juliet 2018

This March, Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company (EUSC) will be staging Romeo and Juliet, their 10th production since the society’s founding, starring Douglas Clark as Romeo and Eliza Lawrence as Juliet. EUSC decided to celebrate its 10-year anniversary by showcasing one of the Bard’s most well-known works, performed on a grand scale with a large cast […]