Things got “super-meta”, in the words of one student, as Catz attended a performance of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ yesterday evening. Far from a traditional take, this performance takes the city of Oxford as its backdrop, and describes itself as “part play, part quest, part treasure-hunt and just a little bit Crystal Maze”. Students enjoyed the interactive element, as actors invited them to follow clues to further the action, and bestowed upon them props and fairy trappings. Another student reported that it felt like “a play, in a play, in a play”, and all agreed that this was a welcome change from the Shakespeare to which they have become accustomed.
Back on campus, students were in and out of the music room, determined to perfect their pieces for ORA’s Got Talent this evening. Others were ironing out their arguments ahead of the ORA Debate today, where Catz students will go up against debaters from other campuses on the thorny, painfully topical subject of populism. The debate will be chaired by distinguished former politician, The Rt Hon the Lord Hague of Richmond. Full coverage to follow tomorrow!