Abi Bennett

Abi Bennett
Cambridge University


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The Taming of the Shrew

Whilst not the best production of Shakespeare Cambridge has to offer, ABI BENNETT recommends this as a May Week afternoon well spent.

Footlights Spring Revue 2013: Dressing Down

ABI BENNETT is left feeling distinctly underwhelmed by a Spring Revue based almost solely on silly costumes.

Footlights Presents 2013: Lost Property

A solid night of comedy from the Footlights, writes ABI BENNETT.


Some experiences don’t improve with age. ABI BENNETT experiences a disappointing sense of déjà vu.

The Merchant of Venice

ABI BENNETT finds that this ‘Eurotrash’ Shakespeare actually makes sense…

The 24 Hour Plays

On Sunday night, five groups of Cambridge students were given the task of coming up with a play they’d perform 24 hours later at the ADC. ABI BENNETT explains the results – ‘chaotic’, ‘shambolic’, and occasionally ‘fantastic’.

Try! Try!

“It reminded me fundamentally why we’re all here…” ABI BENNETT is charmed by an evening of Frank O’Hara.


“Dull, confusing, and ultimately frustrating.” ABI BENNETT struggles to be kind about a show whose ambition misfired.

Corpus Smoker

ABI BENNETT would have enjoyed this more if everyone had just calmed down a bit…


ABI BENNETT wishes UM had been a bit more decisive.

All My Sons

The high intensity of this faintly simian production makes ABI BENNETT cry. In a good way.

Some Explicit Polaroids

ABI BENNETT calls out ‘minimalism born of laziness’, but sees some potential for this show to overcome jitters and confusion.

Footlights Smoker

ABI BENNETT is impressed with this latest Smoker, for the most part at least.


ABI BENNETT is so impressed with this play that she refuses to spoil it for you.

Over and Out

ABI BENNETT enjoys new writing with cajones.

The Misanthrope

ABI BENNETT on a play which only succeeds in aesthetics.

The Crucible

ABI BENNETT finds a ‘very strong’ cast obscured by clumsy direction.

Edinburgh Review: The Love Story

ABI BENNETT finds that ‘for all of Syborn’s excellent writing, and the valiant attempts of Patrick Walshe McBride and Guilia Galastro as the two characters, this play had nothing new to say’

Summer Blogs: Faustus to The Fringe

The cast and crew of Doctor Faustus prepare for their make or break week in Edinburgh, in the second of our Summer Blogs.

Review: After the Dance

ABI BENNETT: ‘After a year at Cambridge, I had almost forgotten what it was like to visit a real theatre, to see real actors, with a real production budget…’

Review: She Stoops to Conquer

ABI BENNETT: ‘I hate to fall in the typical trap of the Cambridge reviewer and award a play three stars, but unfortunately this play fell into the typical Cambridge trap of being average.’