Last Words
Jun
22
10:30 AM10:30

Last Words

10.30am, 11.15am, 12pm, 12.45pm, 2.15pm.

Blue plaques, benches, trees…memorials to our loved ones aim to encapsulate an entire personality with the shortest word count possible via dates, a name and a carefully selected comment. But what are the stories behind these tributes? Would we recognise the last words written about us or would we want to keep the last word for ourselves?

Based on the testimony of Oxford residents, this intimate ten-minute play from Flintlock Theatre explores loss, personality and remembering, celebrating the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

Ages 10+. On Gloucester Green. Free - please book.

The R&D for Last Words is supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund. Without Walls is the UK’s largest commissioner of outdoor arts shows, taking inspiring new work to audiences all over the country and beyond. For more information on the work of Without Walls, please visit www.withoutwalls.uk.com

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Word
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Word

They’re pretty special. They give a person the opportunity to express themselves. They can be read. They can be heard. They can be spoken. They allow us to communicate. I was always told that it’s not what you say, but how you say it - is this true?

Become the contestant or host in an audience led gameshow that put the words we use under a magnifying glass.

Ages 16+. In the BT Studio. £10.

www.harewooo.com

"Excruciating" - Exeunt Magazine

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Eleanor Colville: Google Me
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Eleanor Colville: Google Me

Recent search history:

“Why is Eleanor Colville so funny?”
“How could I possibly not go see her show?”
“How to write a good press release?”

Following sell out runs at Offbeat 2017, Edinburgh Fringe and The Vaults, character comedian Eleanor Colville returns with her brand new one-woman show: Google Me.

Join her as she browses through browsers and searches histories for an hour of characters, sketches and some real dark-web material.

£8. In the OFS Studio. Ages 16+.

“Undoubtedly a comic to keep an eye on. Clear comedic talent and a willingness to be unique…Catch her while you have the chance.” - Broadway Baby.

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Denim - World Tour
Jun
22
8:30 PM20:30

Denim - World Tour

It’s pop in a dazzling new costume. It’s drag as you’ve never seen before.

After their one-stop stadium world tour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, brand new arena dates have been added. Only at Wembley*. Revel in Denim’s unique brand of explosive pop. Join Denim as they give back to their billions of fans.

*Offbeat Festival

Ages 18+. In the OFS Theatre. £10.

"A hysterical musical cabaret" - Vogue

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Last Words
Jun
23
10:30 AM10:30

Last Words

10.30am, 11.15am, 12pm, 12.45pm, 2.15pm.

Blue plaques, benches, trees…memorials to our loved ones aim to encapsulate an entire personality with the shortest word count possible via dates, a name and a carefully selected comment. But what are the stories behind these tributes? Would we recognise the last words written about us or would we want to keep the last word for ourselves?

Based on the testimony of Oxford residents, this intimate ten-minute play from Flintlock Theatre explores loss, personality and remembering, celebrating the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

Ages 10+. On Gloucester Green. Free - please book.

www.flintlocktheatre.com

The R&D for Last Words is supported by Blueprint: Without Walls R&D Investment Fund. Without Walls is the UK’s largest commissioner of outdoor arts shows, taking inspiring new work to audiences all over the country and beyond. For more information on the work of Without Walls, please visit www.withoutwalls.uk.com

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Peg In The Gallery
Jun
23
10:30 AM10:30

Peg In The Gallery

Little Bob has a new job in a seaside art gallery but he’s forgotten the artwork and the show must open today. Can you help Bob fill the gallery with wonderful new work in time to impress Peg who is inspecting the gallery? Starring Camilla Crayon and Fiona Fish-finger.

Multi award-winning comedian Jo Neary as seen in CBBC’s So Awkward.

Ages 5 - 7. In the BT Studio. £5.

“Leaves you with a huge smile and a renewed sense of delight in daftness.” - Observer

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Traffik
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Traffik

There are millions of slaves in the world today. They are working in our fields, our factories and our nail salons. In this immersive, one-on-one experience, three victims are given a voice. The girls at Abdul's Nails will give you a glimpse of their not-so-glossy lives and the stories that bought them here.

Planet B Productions create interactive theatre installations exploring social injustices and environmental crises.

£5. Ages 16+. In the Oxford Playhouse dressing rooms - entrance through Stage Door. Shows take place every 5 minutes, and last 15 minutes. 

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Actual Reality Arcade
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Actual Reality Arcade

The Actual Reality Arcade is a life-sized interactive game zone for all ages, inspired by classic arcade games. Fire rockets, dodge barrels, avoid lasers, build Tetris walls, shoot aliens and become Pac-Man. Enter the Actual Reality Arcade where you play for real and bring the games to life.

Mixing interactive fun and laughter with physical play and engagement, the arcade has proved a massive hit with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK.

Ages 5+. On Gloucester Green. Free - just drop by!

actualrealityarcade.wordpress.com

‘So Awesome!’ - Out There International Festival of Street Art and Circus
‘Great fun for young and old. Love it!’ - Just So Festival
‘Best fun in ages’ - Hat Fair
‘For small and giant children alike!’ - Norfolk and Norwich Festival
‘Bravo, The Actual Reality Arcade is genius!’ - Norfolk and Norwich Festival
‘This is absolutely amazing,, so fun! I love it!! … Fantastic!!’ - GDIF
‘This is the most awesome thing I think I’ve ever seen!’ - Mouth Of The Tyne

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Hoot Owl Master of Disguise
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

Hoot Owl Master of Disguise

“Watch out! I am HOOT OWL!”

Meet Hoot Owl – a mischievous bird with a talon to amuse, who plans to use his cunning disguises to gobble up the tiny animals of the night. Trouble is, they keep escaping!

Is Hoot Owl as wise as he thinks he is? And will he ever succeed in catching himself some dinner?

Based on the popular book, hoots and hilarity abound in this riotous new show from Proon Productions.

4+. Suitable for all - from itty bitty ones to old & wrinkly ones. In the OFS Theatre. £5.

"A Hoot!" - London News

"A very special show" - Bury Times

★★★★★ "Don't miss this brilliantly bonkers show. Hilarious, non-patronising and engaging show for kids and adults, and a gentle message underneath it all about celebrating difference" - Walthamstow Recommends

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How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?
Jun
23
3:00 PM15:00

How Does This Politics Thing Work Then?

Politics is boring. Politics is complicated. Politics is for adults.

Rubbish!

Politics is actually super important and can be really fun, if you know how. Luckily Tatton Spiller (Simple Politics) and Tiernan Douieb (Comedy Club 4 Kids, CBBC's The Slammer) will show you just how to make sense of it all. This show will keep you entertained and informed so you can also shout at the telly along with your parents during Question Time!

Suitable for children 7+ and their families. In the OFS Theatre. £5.

Praise for Comedy Club 4 Kids:

★★★★ "The ethos is just right." - The Telegraph

"The perfect way to entertain the whole family" – Three Weeks

"A highlight for children at the fringe…fun, rowdy feel of a proper comedy club." – The Guardian

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Playhouse Playmaker Rehearsed Readings
Jun
23
3:00 PM15:00

Playhouse Playmaker Rehearsed Readings

Join Oxford Playhouse in celebrating the end of this year's Playhouse Playmaker programme, our writers attachment programme led by John Retallack in collaboration with Oxford Playmaker.

Excerpts of plays written by seven writers will be performed in the Burton Taylor Studio, followed by an opportunity to meet each writer and feedback on their plays. This year's Playmakers are Julian Armistead, Doug Crossley, Jodi Gray, Sorcha Kurian-Walsh, Nick O’Dwyer, Rowan Padmore and Padraic Walsh.

Ages 16+. In the BT Studio. £5.

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Celia's Guide To Being A Wife
Jun
23
5:00 PM17:00

Celia's Guide To Being A Wife

When repressed middle-class housewife Celia and husband Fred celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary in 2018, they found they had bought each other exactly the same hypoallergenic shower cap. It caused Celia to revaluate her life.

Celia always thought she was the perfect wife and had the perfect marriage, but in her older age she isn't too sure. Is there more to life than sitting together making a scale moddel of the Trans-Siberian Express from discarded Waitrose Community Matters tokens?

With songs, fascinating historical anecdotes, and an interpretive dance about socks.

Brand new character comedy show about marriage, hosted by Celia Jesson: the repressed, middle-class Toxburgh housewife with the tempestuously-romantic inner life. Celia is one of multi-award-winning character comedian Jo Neary's best-loved creations.

Ages 14+. In the OFS Loft. £5.

Please note: there is no step-free access to the Loft.

www.joneary.com

"A character actress par excellence" - The Guardian

"So inspired, beautifully executed" - Telegraph

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Flux: sharing and discussion
Jun
23
6:15 PM18:15

Flux: sharing and discussion

Inspired by the work of female scientists, meet Kate: a 5' 8" whirlwind of a main character. Addicted to the pounding beats and neon glow of the 80's, follow Kate's journey into the lab and what it means to be a woman in a world of men.

Award winning Smoking Apples present a sharing of performance excerpts, set and puppet design ideas for their new show, Flux, followed by a panel discussion.

Ages 12+. In the OFS Theatre. £5.

www.smokingapplestheatre.com

Supported by Arts Council England.

For In Our Hands:
✮✮✮✮✮ “Wonderfully breathtaking and honest” - The New Current
✮✮✮✮ “Clever and inventive” - British Theatre Guide
✮✮✮✮ “Beautifully evocative and full of wonderful details” - Three Weeks
✮✮✮✮ “Slick and visual production” - Broadway Baby
✮✮✮✮ “Expertly executed” - Fringe Guru
✮✮✮✮ “A stunning and beautifully crafted piece” - Broadway World

For CELL:
✮✮✮✮✮ “As perfect a piece of theatre as one is likely to see” – The New Current
✮✮✮✮✮ “Sensitively produced and beautifully realised” – Edinburgh Guide
✮✮✮✮✮ “[an] inspiring production” – Fringe Guru
✮✮✮✮✮ “CELL could be this years stand out show” – TV Bomb
✮✮✮✮ “Expertly reveals how minimalism can create big pictures in our imaginations” – The Stage
✮✮✮✮ “A visual triumph” – The List

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SOLE
Jun
23
8:30 PM20:30

SOLE

In a small coastal village, the women wait for their men to return from the sea. When one man doesn't, Claire is left neither a wife nor a widow.

SOLE is a moving and funny account of life inland, of belonging and not, of the shipping forecast. Told through original songs composed by Matt Winkworth and delightful movement by Emma Webb, SOLE features a cast of a dozen women, a puppet and 13 transistor radios.

Ages 12+. In the OFS Theatre. £10.

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Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn
Jun
23
8:45 PM20:45

Lost Voice Guy: Inspiration Porn

As Seen on Britain's Got Talent, BBC New Comedy Award winner and star of Ability (BBC Radio 4) is sick of motivational memes making him an unintentional porn star just because he’s disabled. He thinks they’re bollocks.

 

Ages 18+. In the OFS Studio. £8.

lostvoiceguy.com

★★★★ ‘Laugh-out-loud funny’ - The Independent

★★★★‘Candid & inspiring...consistently hilarious’ - Broadway Baby

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Criminal: An Improvised Murder Mystery
Jun
23
9:00 PM21:00

Criminal: An Improvised Murder Mystery

Criminal is an anarchic comedy night in which a lineup of improvisers - one detective and three suspects - solve a terrible murder in front of your very eyes.

A popular live gig and podcast in London, Criminal has featured performers including Josie Lawrence, Marcus Brigstocke and Miles Jupp. Tonight, it is the job of Sally Hodgkiss, Francesca Evans, Joel Gatehouse and Alexander Fox to solve the murder of Caroline Vaughan.

Ages 14+. £10. In the BT Studio. 

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Super Hamlet 64
Jun
25
6:15 PM18:15

Super Hamlet 64

What if you woke up one morning and realised that your life was actually a computer game? Your Dad just died, your Uncle's married your Mum and is hell bent on world domination.

Inspired by films like Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and full of retro animation, spoken word, and comedy songs, Super Hamlet 64 is fast paced retelling of Shakespeare most famous play.

Ages 8+. In the BT Studio. £10.

www.edwardday.co.uk

★★★★★ "Day never ceased to impress, like a man possessed at times, effortlessly switching between characters...the best original play I have seen." - Theatre Bath

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Allow It
Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

Allow It

Stand-up comedian and school teacher Alex Farrow presents a show about Western Philosophy told through the stories of teaching religious studies to Muslim and Christian teenagers in East London.

What do you say when your students get married before you do? What does philosophy have to do with ice cream? Are you a snake or a proper pagan? Allow it is youth slang for "let it be" - but just how easy is it do that?

Ages 16+. £8. In the OFS Studio.

★★★★ "Jaw-achingly funny" - Oxford Mail

www.alexfarrow.com

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Film screening: Sugar In My Bowl
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Film screening: Sugar In My Bowl

Kim Thornton is the artist behind the Home Entertainment exhibition, in the Old Fire Station Gallery 25 May – 14 July.

Join her for a screening of her art film Sugar in my Bowl (6’ 39”) followed by the artist in conversation with Kim Shaw, photographer and Executive Director at Photofusion, London’s largest independent photography resource centre.

Sugar in my Bowl parodies popular television cookery demonstrations.  A woman is engaged in the homely task of making cupcakes with a surprising outcome.  Wearing an apron made from cupcake cases she stirs and ices the cakes to the soundtrack of a childhood creative programme Vision On whose presenter Tony Hart would paint using kitchen utensils as his brushes.

Free - please book your place. In the OFS Gallery.

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David Baddiel: My Family, Not the Sitcom
Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

David Baddiel: My Family, Not the Sitcom

Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated one-man show to theatres nationwide.

My Family: Not the Sitcom is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf!

Ages 16+. £27.50. On the Oxford Playhouse main stage.

‘This is a rare production that boasts side-splitting laughs and also moves people to tears’ - Evening Standard

‘Compelling to watch both for its unvarnished truth and complicated affection’  - The Guardian

‘Hugely funny…If you’re going to disrespect the dead and the incapacitated, do it like this: truthfully, inventively and, finally, lovingly.’  - The Times

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Coconut
Jun
25
7:45 PM19:45

Coconut

Meet Rumi, a British Pakistani woman who's referred to as a 'Coconut' (brown on the outside, white on the inside). Born and brought up as a Muslim, Rumi spends more time enjoying fine wine and bacon than being at the mosque.

When Rumi meets (white) boyfriend Simon, she hopes that his conversion to Islam will keep her family happy. However, as Simon explores his faith, Rumi is forced to choose between love and duty.

Ages 14+. £10. In the OFS Theatre.

★★★★ "Mir's writing is side-achingly funny at times and deeply affecting at others… and hits both a zeitgeist and the universality of coming to terms with your own identity." - FemaleArts

www.thethelmas.co.uk

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Victim
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Victim

Martin Murphy’s award-winning five-star Edinburgh Fringe hit is coming to Oxford! Set in a women's prison, Victim follows the power struggle between a prison guard and criminal as they come face to face with a notorious inmate.

This darkly comic show is performed by Louise Beresford of comedy group Lead Pencil, and follows Martin Murphy’s Offie Award nominated hit Villain.

Ages 14+. In the BT Studio. £10.

www.bruisedskyproductions.com

★★★★★ "startling authenticity..." - SceneDocs
★★★★★ "an absorbing play" One4Review
★★★★★ "Phenomenally performed..." Young Perspective
★★★★ UK Theatre Network, The Fountain, The Peg Review, Fringe Biscuit, All the World's a Stage
Winner of Best Drama Award (Fairy Powered Productions)

 

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Omar Ibrahim: Cosmic Clown
Jun
26
6:45 PM18:45

Omar Ibrahim: Cosmic Clown

Omar is a very wise fool who does standup, dancing and enlightenment. This hour is as philosophical as it is absurd. From the heights of cosmic consciousness to the depths of human idiocy, this is an exploration of both human potential and limitations. “If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.” William Blake

Ages 14+. £8. In the OFS Studio. This is a work in progress.

Critics on comedy duo Omar and Lee:

"A must-see duo who we predict, have a bright, nay, dazzling future in the industry." - Bunbury Magazine

"I laughed so much it hurt." - The New Current.

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Antigone
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Antigone

Mandala presents Roy Williams' contemporary version of Antigone, an epic story of power, corruption and warring families, set in contemporary gang culture.

The gang is kinship, but they are also soldiers at war, fighting for their place in the world. A world of pervading, omnipresent surveillance, where the gods see all and choose to act or not. One young woman makes a stand, despite the odds stacked against her.

Ages 13+. £10. In the OFS Theatre.

"Bold and powerful" - Daily Info on Night Light, 2016

www.mandalatheatre.co.uk

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Shesus & the Sistas: Dead and Buried
Jun
26
8:30 PM20:30

Shesus & the Sistas: Dead and Buried

Wanna get to heaven? Or is it hell you’re after? Fear not, Shesus & the Sistas are on hand to help decide your fate. Think spiritual zumba. Think morse code spirit speak. Think a good scrub down to glean those fire burning souls. Reckon you know where you’re going already? Don’t be silly - Shesus knows everything, all your darkest shizzle, and those Sistas aren't afraid to help squeeze it out of you.

Ages 18+. £10. In the BT Studio.

5/5 - "A delirious ride of hilarious antics, poignant verse, total participation...beltingly tidy, refreshingly novel and bitingly witty entertainment - " Oxford Times on Self Service: A Resurrection Story.

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Normative?
Jun
27
6:15 PM18:15

Normative?

This intense work delves into the recent traumatic events of Chechnya, Russia and challenges the way societies create conformity.

Using contemporary dance infused with the virtuosic stylings of Vogue and Contortion this mesmerising performance creates a powerful reflection on the reality of today’s society. It will make you question “Is being normal really worth it?”

Ages 14+. In the OFS Theatre. £10.

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Mary Prince - Her Story, Her Words And Me
Jun
27
6:30 PM18:30

Mary Prince - Her Story, Her Words And Me

Mary Prince was born into enslavement in the British Caribbean during 1790's and toiled most of her years. Hers was the first narrative of an enslaved female published by the abolition movement in England.

Our actress takes us on a journey through Mary's life. Using movement, song, storytelling and drama. We see realities and horrors of this recent past; implications and resonances the transatlantic slave trade still has for us all today. Followed by Q&A.

Ages 11+. In the BT Studio. £10.

www.kuumbaniaarts.com

★★★★ "..effective, exuberant, and moving...Edmead sings,she dances,and she has found away to make important points without hectoring the room." - The Scotsman on The Backside Monologues

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Woke
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Woke

Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for civil rights. One, a notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin.

Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award and was highly commended by the judges of the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.

Ages 12+. £10-£18. In the Oxford Playhouse. 

★★★★ ‘Campbell is the most powerful voice of this year’s fringe’ - The Scotsman

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Hollering Woman Creek
Jun
27
7:45 PM19:45

Hollering Woman Creek

In 2015, newly pregnant and just off her psych meds, Amy Mason travelled around Texas to research the death penalty for her new novel. This show is about what happened next.

Featuring an original soundtrack by multi-award winning musicians Jackie Oates and Megan Henwood, Hollering Woman Creek follows Amy as her mental health goes haywire in one of the brashest, biggest, and most baffling US States.

Ages 14+. In the OFS Studio. £5.

www.amymason.co.uk

“As raw as it gets as well charmingly poignant and funny.” - The Herald on The Islanders

"Their story is not quite a celebration, nor is it quite a lament. It’s full of echoes and memories, a thing assembled with love, like an old mix-tape, dug out of a drawer and played years later." MUST-SEE SHOW! - The Stage on The Islanders

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Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable
Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable

At the intersection of sex, race and capitalism, sits a black woman who can’t be f*cked.
A raw and raucous hour from Desiree Burch lays out a roadmap for escaping the cycle of silence and self-loathing that comes from always being taken for a ride. From dealing with sex in the workplace, to adventures in sex work, Desiree investigates the drives women have to stop sex from becoming work.

Unf*ckable celebrates the transformation that happens when you get in the driving seat, stop getting f*cked and start getting f*£%$@!cked.

Ages 18+. In the OFS Theatre. £10.

★★★★ "She’s an unstoppable force" - Chortle

★★★★ "A funny, frank, eloquent, entertaining and perceptive raconteur." -
Scotsman

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Laura Lexx: Trying
Jun
27
8:30 PM20:30

Laura Lexx: Trying

“One can only hope there’s some life altering catastrophe around the corner for Lexx” (Broadway Baby). Luckily, the award-winning comedian with has had a breakdown.

Laura spent 2017 trying to get through therapy, trying the patience of everyone, and trying unsuccessfully for a baby. She’s done trying now; it’s time to laugh.

Ages 14+. In the BT Studio. £10.

www.lauralexx.co.uk

★★★★ “superb material, brilliant delivery and irresistible personality” - TV Bomb

★★★★ “exceptionally funny” - one4review

As heard on BBC Radio & Absolute Radio

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Lina
Jun
28
6:15 PM18:15

Lina

Lina is a powerful and playful contemporary dance duet, inspired by the lives of brother and sister astronomers William and Caroline Herschel.

Both talented musicians and celebrated scientists, they studied the universe and mapped the stars from their back garden in 18th Century Bath.

Lina delves into their complex relationship, where family ties are tested by individual ambition. Dancers swoop and soar like comets, taking us on an extraordinary journey of stars, music and family.

Ages 10+. In the OFS Theatre. £10.

www.forgedlinedance.co.uk

“This was the performance of two exceptionally talented dancers, delivering a choreographic narrative of tangible beauty and humanity...truly enchanting” – Bathcast

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The Foley Explosion
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

The Foley Explosion

The Foley Explosion is an immersive storytelling show about Russia; an alternative spy thriller featuring live Foley sound effects and looping technology in sound worlds that conjure a movie in the mind. This show features disinformation, fake news and cameos from the intelligence community past and present: Edward Snowden, Grigori Rasputin and Alexander Litvinenko.

Julie Rose Bower is a Lecoq-trained theatre maker and live artist making feminist, sound-led performance and installations.

Ages 12+. In the BT Studio. £10.

www.julierosebower.com

★★★★ "A found sound symphony." – The Herald

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Helen Duff: How Deep Is Your Duff?
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Helen Duff: How Deep Is Your Duff?

Whip-smart, stream-of-consciousness comedy from Helen Duff. As seen on BBC Three and alongside Will Ferrell in Holmes & Watson.

★★★★ "Master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning" - Boradway Baby

★★★★ "Bold, subversive and very funny... a formidable comic" - The Scotsman

Ages 16+. In the OFS Loft. £5.

Please note: There is no step-free access to the Loft.

www.helenduff.com

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Wolf Tamer
Jun
28
6:45 PM18:45

Wolf Tamer

Rachel has just lost her hero. Her uncle Neil has died unexpectedly. In the wake of his death she becomes reclusive, struggling to leave the house. To make sense of her loss she travels back in time and revisits the incredible stories Neil told her as a child, about his adventures around the world. This autobiographical solo show is an honest, often humorous exploration of grief, love and the power of storytelling.

Ages 13+. In the OFS Studio. £8.

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Now Or Never
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Now Or Never

Under a star studded big top an international band of acrobats and musicians invite you to share in their circus spectacle. In this haven of fun, the circus artists appeal to young and old to leave their differences outside the tent, to dream and simply enjoy being together.

Join in the feast as acrobats and musicians make and share pancakes before launching into an exhilarating fanfare of music and circus. Watch as they fly, fling and swing across their beautiful tent on trapeze, Cyr wheels, trick bicycles, trampolines and seesaws to the thundering sound of brass. Joined on stage by the Oxfordshire Dixieland Jazz Band, Circa Tsuica’s Now or Never is crazy, colourful and chaotic.

An unforgettable experience and great for sharing with family and friends, Now or Never is part of the nationwide celebrations for Circus250, the anniversary of the birth of the modern-day circus in London. 

Ages 5+. £18. At Oxpens Meadow. Also on Friday 29 June at 7.30pm, and Saturday 30 June at 3pm.

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The Great Big Offbeat Comedy Night
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

The Great Big Offbeat Comedy Night

This year’s Offbeat festival is bigger than ever. So big that as well as all the comedy, theatre, dance and spoken word happening at the Burton Taylor Studio and Arts at the Old Fire Station, we’re also putting on our own comedy club on the OP main stage.

Join your host Ed Gamble (Mock The Week), as he introduces TV regular Phil Wang (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown), exciting newcomer Laura Pattison and our headliner, the one-and-only Sara Pascoe (Have I Got News For You, QI, W1A).

Join us for evening full of belly-laughs, chuckles and LOLs. 

Ages 18+. £20. On the Oxford Playhouse main stage.

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Trump the Musical
Jun
28
8:15 PM20:15

Trump the Musical

From the perpetrators of Boris the Musical! (★★★★ “pacy, rude, irreverent and very funny” Reviews Hub) comes a new satirical, songtastic extravaganza!

2020. Time to make Donald Great Again! But can King Nigel Farage the First of England get his trade deal? Will Kim Jong Un ever stop messing about with missiles? And why has Vladimir Putin gone suspiciously quiet?

Join Blowfish Theatre for an evening of raucous comedy, great original music and one truly awful wig.

Ages 15+. In the OFS Theatre. £10.

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Skin a Cat
Jun
28
8:30 PM20:30

Skin a Cat

With a kaleidoscope of off -kilter characters, Skin A Cat follows Alana on an awkward sexual odyssey: from getting her first period at nine years old and freaking out her frantic mother, to watching bad porn at a house party, to a painful examination by an overly cheery gynaecologist – all in the pursuit of losing her virginity and finally becoming a woman. Whatever that means…

A bracingly honest account of sex and shame, gut-wrenching and side-splitting by turns, Skin A Cat is an alternative coming of age story about going all the way.

Ages 14+. In the BT Studio. £10.

★★★★  "Beyond its silly and plentiful humour is a genuinely moving and effortlessly charming production … Lynn deliberately blurs the line between the clinical and the erotic … Wise and educational and funny, it really hits the spot." - Tim Bano

★★★★ "Frequently hilarious, it’s also refreshingly honest and open... there’s something so rousing and refreshing about the whole production; this is bold and genuinely exciting new writing"  - Natasha Tripney

"Avoids becoming an issue piece, becoming an altogether more interesting mediation on difference and the crushing pressure to be what is considered normal in a highly sexualised culture." - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.

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Free Willy From The Perspective Of The Whale
Jun
29
6:15 PM18:15

Free Willy From The Perspective Of The Whale

Dom O'Keefe has spent the summer living with Keiko, orca and star of family favourite "Free Willy", learning about secrets of the film, deleted scenes, and backstage Hollywood gossip. Straight from the orca's blowhole.

Multimedia make-believe from acclaimed improviser and actor, Dom O'Keefe. Star of Edinburgh cult-institution Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film. 

Ages 12+. In the OFS Loft. £5.

★★★★★ "Quite simply the funniest show I have seen at the Fringe" EdFringe Review on Shaken Nor Stirred.

Please note: There is no step-free access to the Loft.

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Incoming/Exodus
Jun
29
6:30 PM18:30

Incoming/Exodus

A new society is coming; plagued by the suspicion of strangers, a system has evolved to meet the demands of an angry and fearful population. Incoming/Exodus is an interactive, experience which challenges attitudes towards immigration, with your voice centre stage.

You have been called upon to undertake a new form of civic duty; becoming immigration officers for a crumbling government, you must work together to make or break the new order…

Ages 16+. In the BT Studio. £10.

Supported by CPT and Barbican Open Labs. www.thelabcollective.co.uk

★★★★★ "A memorable, intense and invigorating experience." - London Theatre: 1

★★★★ "Incoming/Exodus is a bold achievement in political theatre" - London City Nights.

"This piece seems vital in allowing us to step back, question our values and the values of our governments." - A Younger Theatre

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Facet
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Facet

Facet is a Kathak double bill featuring two interlinked works, exploring the evolving facets of the classical Indian form - A reflection on ever changing aesthetics it collides with modern values.

Aur-Ek Antaraal contemplates the poetical abstraction of contemporary Hindi poem ‘Aur Ek Antaraal’ penned by India based Dr Rashmi Chaturvedi.

Re-Textured is the study the rhythm textures and structures. It creates space for reformulating movement vocabulary through absorbing the contemporary human experiences.

£10. In the OFS Theatre. Ages 10+

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Theatre Pub Quiz
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Theatre Pub Quiz

Do you like theatre? We know you do, because you’re reading this! Test your knowledge with the theatre quiz - come with friends or join a team (3-5 people per table). There will be questions on such theatrey topics as modern plays, theatre jargon, famous people…and even the sports round!

If you watch theatre, make theatre or just like quizzes, come and compete for our (moderately) grand prize.

In the OFS Bar. Ages 16+. Pay on the door: £3 per head.

Hosted by Oxfordshire Theatre Makers.

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Bridget Christie: What Now?
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Bridget Christie: What Now?

Brexit. Trump. Nuclear apocalypse. Environmental catastrophe. Is rolling news affecting your ability to enjoy the simple things? Like baking, gardening and autoerotic asphyxiation? This new show from multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, and star of her own Netflix special, is for you.

Join Bridget (Room 101, Have I Got News for You, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule) for a night of hope and despair. Winner of Rose D’Or, Edinburgh Comedy Award and Southbank Sky Arts Award. Bridget’s last show was The Guardian’s No. 1 Comedy of 2016.

Ages 16+. £20. On the Oxford Playhouse main stage. 

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Now Or Never
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Now Or Never

Under a star studded big top an international band of acrobats and musicians invite you to share in their circus spectacle. In this haven of fun, the circus artists appeal to young and old to leave their differences outside the tent, to dream and simply enjoy being together.

Join in the feast as acrobats and musicians make and share pancakes before launching into an exhilarating fanfare of music and circus. Watch as they fly, fling and swing across their beautiful tent on trapeze, Cyr wheels, trick bicycles, trampolines and seesaws to the thundering sound of brass. Joined on stage by the Oxfordshire Dixieland Jazz Band, Circa Tsuica’s Now or Never is crazy, colourful and chaotic.

An unforgettable experience and great for sharing with family and friends, Now or Never is part of the nationwide celebrations for Circus250, the anniversary of the birth of the modern-day circus in London. 

Ages 5+. £18. At Oxpens Meadow. Also on Thursday 28 June at 7.30pm, and Saturday 30 June at 3pm.

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Proxy
Jun
29
7:45 PM19:45

Proxy

Gypsy Rose is imprisoned in a world of fantasy, invalided and infantilised by her mother Dee Dee, until her online Prince Charming offers a way out. Based on a true story,

From the award-winning team (actress/writer Caroline Burns Cooke and director Colin Watkeys) who received an Argus Angel Award at Brighton Fringe Festival 2016 for And The Rope Still Tugging Her Feet.

Ages 14+. In the OFS Studio. £8.

Reviews of previous work:

★★★★★ Fringe Guru ★★★★★ Remote Goat ★★★★★ The Argus ★★★★★ Broadway Baby ★★★★★ Ventnor Fringe Highly Recommended/Excellent Fringe Review ★★★★★ The List "Powerfully moving" - The Scotsman Nominated Fringe Guru award Outstanding Theatre Show

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Everything Is Going To Be KO
Jun
29
8:30 PM20:30

Everything Is Going To Be KO

One in ten of us are dyslexic. Yet learning difficulties are sometimes presented as a politically correct way to talk about stupidity.

Join Kaiya Stone as she challenges this notion, reflecting on her life from childhood to adulthood, coping with (unknown for the first 20 years) dyslexia, dyspraxia, and ADHD.

This is a call for a movement that questions the way we are 'supposed' to think and demands that we do better for everyone.

£10. Ages 12+. In the BT Studio.

www.everythingko.com

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The Glass Aisle: Paul Henry and Brian Briggs
Jun
29
9:00 PM21:00

The Glass Aisle: Paul Henry and Brian Briggs

The Glass Aisle is an astonishing collaboration between two major talents in poetry and music: acclaimed songwriter and singer Brian Briggs, frontman of the Oxfordshire indie-folk band Stornoway and poet Paul Henry.

Paul Henry performs new poems, plus new and old songs with Brian Briggs, including some Stornoway tracks. The pair then perform their musical collaboration The Glass Aisle, a long poem with songs, inspired by the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal close to Henry’s home and its associations with radio pioneer Marconi and an old union workhouse.

£14. In the OFS Theatre. 

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Blue Planet III
Jun
30
10:30 AM10:30

Blue Planet III

Sea levels have risen, and it’s time for a flooded BBC to make another Blue Planet. But where are all the animals? Put on your polar ice caps and join two idiots in an adventure to repopulate the sea and save the oceans!

“David Attenborough meets clowning” (Broadway Baby) in this children’s comedy show by the “hugely entertaining” (Chortle) Luke Rollason and the “hilarious” (The List) Christian Brighty.

Ages 4+. £5. In the BT Studio.

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Women's Writes: A Marathon Of Plays Written By Women
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Women's Writes: A Marathon Of Plays Written By Women

Come and witness some spectacular play readings by some of Oxfordshire's finest professional theatre makers. All of the featured plays have been written by women, local and international. Throwing caution to the wind the theatre makers will take you through an 8 hour event bringing some superb writing to the table.

Pull up a bean bag, pass through, settle in for the long run. Take your pick and be prepared to be enthralled.

Hosted by Oxfordshire Theatre Makers.

In the OFS Gallery. Free - just drop in.

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Beneath The Blue Rinse
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

Beneath The Blue Rinse

Directed by Kevin Tomlinson, Beneath the Blue Rinse by Tom Glover is an outrageous comedy exposing how society views the elderly.

When an unscrupulous salesman enters sweet but gullible, Flora Parkin’s house, little does he realise he’s been lured into a trap. Simon starts to learn what it is like to be vulnerable, exploited, and subjected to the care of others…who may not care at all. Think ‘Tarantino meets Last of the Summer Wine’.

Ages 14+. £10. In the OFS Theatre.

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Spencer
Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

Spencer

Spencer Percival has one claim to fame. He’s the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated. Unfortunately no one’s ever heard of him. 206 years later, Nick Hall tells his story. In a world of Brexit, Trump, Corbynista and Maybot, could we learn something from the past?

As seen on BBC2, BBC3, and BBC Radio4.

Ages 10+. In the OFS Studio. £8.

www.thisisnickhall.com

"Brilliant" - The Times

★★★★ "Crackingly original" - The List

★★★★ "One not to miss" - The Skinny

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Anyone's Guess How We Got Here
Jun
30
2:00 PM14:00

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

2pm & 8pm

She’s standing in her bedroom. She’s come back to reclaim what she buried. On debt, eviction, childhood, and the thing under the floorboards. A road-trip. A haunted-house. A bedtime story. A photo-album. An ‘80s fantasy film. A demolition project. What remains, long after you’ve paid it off.

★★★★‘Gripping… An inventive and unnerving hour that counts the cost of debt’ - What’s On Stage

www.barrelorgantheatre.co.uk

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Now Or Never
Jun
30
3:00 PM15:00

Now Or Never

Under a star studded big top an international band of acrobats and musicians invite you to share in their circus spectacle. In this haven of fun, the circus artists appeal to young and old to leave their differences outside the tent, to dream and simply enjoy being together.

Join in the feast as acrobats and musicians make and share pancakes before launching into an exhilarating fanfare of music and circus. Watch as they fly, fling and swing across their beautiful tent on trapeze, Cyr wheels, trick bicycles, trampolines and seesaws to the thundering sound of brass. Joined on stage by the Oxfordshire Dixieland Jazz Band, Circa Tsuica’s Now or Never is crazy, colourful and chaotic.

An unforgettable experience and great for sharing with family and friends, Now or Never is part of the nationwide celebrations for Circus250, the anniversary of the birth of the modern-day circus in London. 

Ages 5+. £18. At Oxpens Meadow. Also on Thursday 28 June and Friday 29 June at 7.30pm.

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Dreamscape
Jun
30
4:00 PM16:00

Dreamscape

In January 2014 Greg was put into an induced coma. Locked deep inside his own brain he’s trying to get home in his new version of reality. These are his dreams: surprising twists, kidnappings, Waterloo train times, recording sessions, and making friends with Roger Moore. A surreal, uplifting play about the struggle for survival and the need to keep going.

Presented by Leaning House, whose 2017 play Mercutio & Tybalt had the audience gripped.

Ages 10+. In the OFS Loft. £8.

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THOR + LOKI
Jun
30
5:45 PM17:45

THOR + LOKI

A fierce, fabulous new comedy musical.

War rages; the End of the World approaches. The fate of the Gods rests on Thor's mighty shoulders, but he hates violence and prefers writing poetry.

Half-Giant Loki is out for revenge, but beneath her monstrous form lies a heart of gold. Can these two misfits find the strength to be themselves?

Expect battles, ballads and tap-dancing trolls in this big-hearted comedy about friends, heroes and changing the world.

Ages 12+. In the OFS Theatre. £10.

thorandlokithemusical.com 

★★★★ "Clever, funny and touching" - Scotsman on WE CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY

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Gemma Arrowsmith: Earthling
Jun
30
6:00 PM18:00

Gemma Arrowsmith: Earthling

Tracey Ullmanwriter Gemma Arrowsmith performs this sketch show which charts the best and worst humanity has to offer.

In 1977 NASA launched Voyagers 1 and 2 to explore the outer solar system. After their mission was complete, these spacecraft continued into deep space carrying golden phonograph records which contain sounds and images from Earth.

This show is about the lifeforms who find those records. And whether they decide to reply.

Ages 14+. In the OFS Studio. £8.

www.gemmaarrowsmith.com

"Pitch perfect." - The Times

"Exceptional writing talent, astounding imagination, outstanding wit and passion-fueled energy, power hilarious and educational sketches.” - Brighton Moon

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Sameena Zehra: Tea with Terrorists
Jun
30
6:25 PM18:25

Sameena Zehra: Tea with Terrorists

A roller-coaster ride of storytelling comedy.

Stories from a life that straddles two very different cultures; arguing with mullahs; being an atheist in a religious, liberal family; planning the perfect murder; wandering outside the green zone in war torn Kabul; being stalked by a sheep in Coniston; having tea with some terrorists in Kashmir.

Journey with Sameena to find out why fear is redundant, joy is essential, and terrorists can be a real hoot.

Ages 16+. £8. In the OFS Loft.

Please note: There is no step-free access to the Loft.

www.sameenazehra.com

★★★★★ ‘Humour in every strand’ - The Latest, Brighton
★★★★ ‘A master storyteller’ - Three Weeks, Edinburgh
★★★★ ‘Captivating’ - Metro, London
★★★★ ‘Fluency, intensity and vivacity’ - The Age, Melbourne
★★★★ ‘Witty and appealing… Terrorific!’ - Rip It Up, Adelaide

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Bridget Christie: What Now?
Jun
30
7:30 PM19:30

Bridget Christie: What Now?

Brexit. Trump. Nuclear apocalypse. Environmental catastrophe. Is rolling news affecting your ability to enjoy the simple things? Like baking, gardening and autoerotic asphyxiation? This new show from multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, and star of her own Netflix special, is for you.

Join Bridget (Room 101, Have I Got News for You, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule) for a night of hope and despair. Winner of Rose D’Or, Edinburgh Comedy Award and Southbank Sky Arts Award. Bridget’s last show was The Guardian’s No. 1 Comedy of 2016.

Ages 16+. £20. On the Oxford Playhouse main stage. 

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Ladies Antebellum: A Mighty Fine Adventure
Jun
30
9:00 PM21:00

Ladies Antebellum: A Mighty Fine Adventure

A Mighty Fine Day in 1860. Why, the Governor's Cotillion was only last week. However, Annabelle and Mary-Lou are now fugitives from the law and must flee for their lives. But frankly, they don’t give a damn.

Get swept up into a world of split loyalties, arms dealing and post office administration. The Dead Secrets offer up their unique scripted comedy washed down with a glass of the finest lemonade in all the Carolinas.

Ages 14+. In the OFS Theatre. £10.

“Scripted comedy of the highest quality” - Buxton Fringe Review

“Surrender to the madness” - The List

Winners, Buxton Fringe Best Comedy Show

★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★ EdFringe Review

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