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As You Like It at Corpus Christi College

IMG_1421 This quin centenary production for the College opened on May 5th 2017 directed by John Retallack and Renata Allen. Staff and students were involved so the whole community including the recently retired President Richard Cowardine,  as well as the college gardener David Leake, Classics Fellow Neil McClynn and many students from Corpus and other

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Latest Plays Premiered

Oxford Playmaker directors John Retallack and Renata Allen directed performances of two new plays by Oxford based writers for the Offbeat festival in Oxford 2016: Antigona and Me by Zena Forster and Dangling by Abi Hood. Picture of Abi Hood, Zena Forster and Renata Allen This year John directs a staged reading of Mandy Constance’s

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Research for Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland

26 October 15 Fly into Pristina airport at 6.00pm. The 45 minute ride to Hotel Parlament in the centre of Pristina costs only 13 euros. The hotel is clean and simple and 100 yards from the parliament building. The only thing that recalls the former Yugoslavia is the low wattage of the lighting- that, and

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The Original Hannah and Hanna

I wrote Hannah and Hanna in 2001. It was about a 16 year old girl (Hannah) who lived in Margate and was part of a gang who made the Kosovans (who came to the town at the time) as unwelcome as possible. Hannah’s saving grace is that she is a brilliant karaoke singer. As it

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Platform performances

The season of Ruskin Theatre Platforms for 2017 has now finished.

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“Virgins” Play on Tour

Virgins written by John Retallack and directed by Renata Allen continues to play all over Austria as part of the Vienna English Speaking Theatre schools tour. This is the second time the play has toured Austria and it is soon to be performed in Poland in Lodz in a brand new production starting next summer.

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