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Review: “The Tempest” by The Blueprint Masquerades

By Raph al Guul

Despite my own departure from the group last summer, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for The Blueprint Masquerades; this is why this review, even more so than any other, could never be at all above suspicion of personal bias. But in the past years, no one has taken the time to review the premiere of The Blueprint Masquerades’ productions and so I will take this heavy duty upon myself as I finally have some distance from the very heart of their production cycles.

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Raph Recommends: The Importance of Being Earnest

Raph al Guul

The Blueprint Masquerades have been around for three years now, born out of what seemed to be the end of the long-lived English drama group altogether. Noone really remembers the rocky start of the bpm, in part because the first year did not see the performance that had been planned and worked toward, as it faltered due to copyright issues. So it happened that the newly rebranded drama group only kicked into gear with its debut on the big stage in 2013, performing (F)Ailing (T)Errors, a play written by fellow student Lisann Anders, to such success that the only seriously critical opinions I have heard to this day were those of the actors themselves. To follow up on such a well-received first effort is obviously a tremendously difficult task; as someone who was and is involved in both productions (in fact, I have even been on retainer for that first, uneventful year – but noone remembers that, of course), let me explain to you why I recommend The Importance of Being Earnest, the upcoming play staged by the Blueprint Masquerades.

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The Zurich English Student Podcast #7

Raph and Jenny ramble about university-related matters and whatever else matters to them. Please provide us with any sort of constructive feedback (use the comment section or send us an email) so that we can eliminate problems if possible. On this episode:

– Apocalypse goggles
– Pointless presentations
– Complaining and ranting
– Raph invites spammers
– Jenny instructs trolls
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Name the Maimed!

We all heard the news, haven’t we. Marathon bombs, Boston losing legs and lives. It had little to do with Shakespeare, but it was called a tragedy. And who said only good old Bill could create convincing drama? But who cares anyway? What does it matter who wrote it? Intentional fallacy. We have more pressing concerns than a dead and withered author.

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The Zurich English Student Podcast #6

Raph and Jenny ramble about university-related matters and whatever else matters to them. Please provide us with any sort of constructive feedback (use the comment section or send us an email) so that we can eliminate problems if possible. On this episode:

– Another guest appearance for news
– The pursuit of objective reality
– American animated television
– Jenny is not a cartoon character
– Raph does quite a lot of cutting
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(F)Ailing (T)Errors – Buy tickets now!

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Hear ye! Hear ye!

The Blueprint Masquerades proudly present …

… an English Drama Group production

… a world premiere

… an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing

Come and see our performance of the hilarious musical

(F)Ailing   (T)Errors

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The Zurich English Student Podcast #3

Raph and Jenny ramble about university-related matters and whatever else matters to them. Please provide us with any sort of constructive feedback (use the comment section or send us an email) so that we can eliminate problems if possible. On this episode:

– Fancy Christmas Elevator Music
– Programme regulations reform (actual news)
– Round-up of the past semester
– Jenny does all the work
– Raph tries to suck up to everybody

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