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February 2005
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The Burton Taylor

15 - 19 February at 9.30pm

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By Harriet Mancey-barratt

The 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.

She 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.

The 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 waning.

The 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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