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“Entirely misconceived”

Creation Theatre Company
Ranked #6 of 183 things to do in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Think about those books, the ones that you'll always go back to, those moments in life where you think 'that's a bit like that chapter' or 'you're just like that character', those are the stories we love. We don't just want to leave those books on the shelf though, we take them down, hand them around, share them out and bring them to life. All over Oxford we find unusual spaces - these stories aren't set in theatres so we don't put them there. Castles, antique mirror tents, college gardens, bookshops and factories... we'll go wherever the stories take us, and so far we've taken over 500,000 people with us. From the thousands of children who've told classic stories in new ways through our education programme, to our professional actors and directors, you're always most likely to find us lost in a good book. 18 years, 54 shows, half a million audience members aged 5-95...we are Oxford's own Creation Theatre Company.
Reviewed 25 August 2014

The actors struggled against the setting of this Macbeth in a World War 1 hospital, which felt like an imposition on a good story rather than adding anything to it (and I am not someone who expects all my Shakespeare to be done in 17th century dress). The themes in Macbeth are universal, but once you put on World War 1 uniforms you are in a very particular war with very particular associations. Was this chosen just because it is the year of everything 1914? The physical setting, beautiful gardens, period building, would have leant themselves to Shakespeare's comedies far better than the claustrophobic, threatening world of Macbeth. The black drapes did look good and the use of the top of the building was effective, but with bad sight-lines some of the most dramatic scenes were squashed into an upstairs window where (from Table G anyway) the actors could not be seen. That was also a problem in other scenes where the actors were among the audience, or to the far reaches of the wide raised area. I gave up trying to see some bits. Some of the performances were good, but the stylised violence felt old-hat and most of all, if you did not know the story you would have struggled to follow it. If you are taking young people for an early experience of Shakespeare, do not take them to this.

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Reviewed 23 August 2014

This was our first visit to a Creation Theatre production and as a family we loved it. Fantastic setting of Lady Margaret's Hall. It was great how the actors used the building in the production, doing scenes from the window and up in the the bell tower. Story loss me a bit at times but great acting and atmosphere. We will be going to other productions now we have the taste for it.

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Reviewed 22 August 2014

Another innovative production by Creation Theatre. Their approach of recreating the atmosphere of the original for today's audience through staging and setting worked, even if the details of the WW1 analogy was not always integrated into the storytelling. I went on a difficult day for the cast - one of the players was ill - and congratulate them on how well they recovered and their energy and dedication.

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

We took friends to see this innovative and atmospheric production of Macbeth. Creation does not disappoint with excellent acting and extraordinary use of a marvellous setting. LMH has wonderful gardens and the seating around the circular borders looking up at the stage and buildings works very well. The WW1 interpretation is interesting and presented the play in a new light emphasising the madness and distress of the characters.
Paper hats seemed odd in such a dark play and it would have been nice to be able to bring our own picnic as we did not book in time to order one in advance.

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We had a weekend in Oxford and wanted to see something other than museums and Macbeth at Lady Margaret Hall ticked the box. With four friends we had a front row table and arrived in time to enjoy one of the LMH picnics which was excellent before the show started. The setting led to a little improvisation but the main story was delivered so you could understand the plot and the comedy. Would highly recommend the Creation Theatre to any one who can get tickets.

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