Oh Tae-seok (오태석)

Oh Tae-seok’s plays are always worth watching, and coming up this month is a screening of a live performance by the National Drama Company of Korea. The play covers a troubled period of Joseon dynasty history: the struggles for the throne in the years following the death of King Sejong. The story of the deposed […]

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Festival visit: Mokhwa Repertory Company – The Tempest

by Philip Gowman 15 August 2011
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At his press conference in London last Monday, Oh Tae-seok spoke about his work with the Mohkwa Repertory Company. One of the priorities of Master Oh, who had spend many years as director of Korea’s National Theatre company, is to nurture the next generation of actors. And one of the pleasures of working with his […]

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A Korean Tempest: Sympathy from Mr Vengeance

by Philip Gowman 12 August 2011
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Those who are familiar with Korean cinema will not need to be told that vengeance is a familiar topic, and indeed forms the theme for Park Chan-wook’s unplanned trilogy of films of which the best known is Oldboy. And probably many an essay has been written in Film Studies classes as to why Korean directors […]

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Top Korean artists at the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival

by Events Editor 29 July 2011
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Every year we get a range of Korean performers at the Edinburgh Fringe. But the focus of the festival in 2011 is the vibrant and diverse cultures of Asia. Consequently this year we’ve got three top-notch groups who have been invited as part of the main festival itself. So for the first time this year […]

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Korea Times previews Edinburgh 2011

by Philip Gowman 21 April 2011
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The Korea Times previews the Korean highlights at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, including Oh Tae-seok’s Tempest. http://bit.ly/if6eAV #. It’s going to be a good year. Keywords: Authors: Oh Tae-seok (오태석) Event tags: EdFest 2011 | Edinburgh 2011

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Oh Tae-seok’s Romeo and Juliet returns

by Events Editor 8 July 2010
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Romeo and Juliet is coming to Kingston as part of the 4th New Malden Arts Festival. Presented by Mokwha Theatre Company, the most famous theatre company in South Korea, the performance is only UK date in 2010 of this mesmerising production which sold out at the Barbican in 2006. This highly stylised Romeo and Juliet […]

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Last chance to see Oh Tae Seok’s masterpiece

by Philip Gowman 26 July 2007
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The enigmatically titled Bicycle finishes this weekend. The play is performed by a western cast, in the English translation by Kim Ah-jeong and RB Graves, in Camden People’s Theatre, an intimate space (audience capacity around 40 I would reckon) near Euston Station. Oh Tae-Seok is known for making the audience work, skipping parts of the […]

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Oh Tae-seok’s The Bicycle at Camden People’s Theatre

by Events Editor 1 July 2007
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Those of you who went to the sell-out performances of Romeo and Juliet at the Barbican last year will be interested to know that another play by Oh Tae-seok (Oh T’ae-sŏk, 오태석), The Bicycle, will be shown at the Camden People’s Theatre this month, 10 – 29 July. “One night I fainted because the ghost […]

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Master Oh’s apology to Korean youth

by Philip Gowman 4 December 2006
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Romeo & Juliet – adapted by Oh Tae-seok (Oh T’ae-sŏk, 오태석) Mokhwa Repertory Company 23 November 2006 – 9 December 2006 / 19:00, 19:45 The Pit, Barbican, Part of bite06 Oh Tae-suk, born in 1940, had a traumatic start to his life. When I was 11, the Korean War broke out. One day a car […]

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Symposium on Shakespeare and Asian Theatre at Asia House

by Events Editor 20 November 2006
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To accompany the staging of Oh Tae-seok’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet at the Barbican a special symposium will be held at Asia House: Symposium: Shakespeare and Asian Theatre Saturday 2 December at Asia House 10.30am – 1.30pm With panellists John Russell Brown, Kim Ah-jeong, Oh Tae-seok and David Tse Ka-shing Over the past decades, […]

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Think Korea: Romeo and Juliet

by Events Editor 10 November 2006
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As part of Think Korea, a big Shakespeare adaptation at the Barbican by one of Korea’s leading playwrights. Coinciding with this production are several talks / educational events: 15 November: a lecture presented by John Russell Brown, on Oh Tae-seok, Shakespeare and popular theatre, at Asia House 30 November: a talk by Oh Tae-seok after […]

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