Burton Taylor theatre is the perfect setting for this well-observed,
intimate and touching monologue. An adaptation of a Jean Cocteau
play, 'The Voice' is set during one evening, with a rejected lover
receiving guilt-tripping commands over the phone from her ex.
is distraught and yet still hopeful, meaning that the characterisation
is at once thoughtful and yet humorous in its exploration of emotional
mind-games. This is a snapshot of one woman's loneliness and continued
desire to impress her ex-lover, whom we never meet.
main character, whose name we never found out, completely held our
attention for the fifty minutes we witnessed her falling apart;
a hard task for the actress, but one pulled off entirely credibly.
If anything, as with other BT late shows, it could have gone on
for a little longer without the audience's concentration or respect
soundtrack complemented the feeling of broken obsession well, and
the set was a success of careless glamour. This was a thoroughly
involving show, with a theme that many will identify with, and another
resounding success for Oxford student drama.
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