I’m Oisín Power and I’ll be the guest blogger for November. I’m a nineteen year old first year English Literature student at Newcastle University. Last year I took a gap year and during this I volunteered in Honduras for three months. It was a rewarding experience and opened my eyes up to a completely different type of living, as well as preparing me for student life: student accommodation seems to be luxury compared to the shack that was living in.
Anyway, I write in a few different forms including theatre, blogging, poetry and prose, and I hope that by blogging for Live Theatre I will learn how to write critically. As a writer, I generally tend to value story over production, but I love the immediacy and the intimacy of theatre. Over the years I have seen a multitude of different plays although admittedly I was dragged to the majority of these by my dad. Off the top of my head my favourite plays would have to be Mogadishu, Birdsong, and the Simon Armitage adaptation of The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead. Other than writing I spend the majority of my time reading, watching films, sleeping, and procrastinating.
I recognise that many classic plays should be celebrated, but I believe that more should be done to support new or lesser known playwrights, which is a core aspect of Live Theatre and is why I am so glad to be the guest blogger. I have a mixed programme of events coming up, including a collection of short plays, two productions, and beginning with Mixtape: Halloween. I am looking forward to seeing the range of what Live Theatre offers and I will be reviewing each of the nights. I am seeing Mixtape: Halloween on Friday 30 October so my review will be up shortly after then. I am looking forward to getting started, and hope that my reviews are easier to write than this, as I am not a fan of writing about myself!
By Oisín Power
Live Theatre’s Guest Blogger