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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Anyone's Guess How We Got Here
Jun
30
7:00 PM19:00

Anyone's Guess How We Got Here

“He didn’t respond, he held his breath, moved the sofa away from the wall, lay down in the gap made between, and hid. And when they went, he poked his fingers out the letterbox. Stretched them wide. Felt the cold of the air. And he thought, if he left them there long enough, the wolves might come, and eat him piece by piece.”

She’s standing in what used to be her bedroom. She’s come back to reclaim what she buried. The car waits outside.

On debt, eviction, childhood, and the thing under the floorboards. what remains, long after you’ve paid it off.

After multi award-winning Nothing and Some People Talk About Violence, Barrel Organ return with their third show. Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here is a road-trip. A haunted-house. A bedtime story. A photo-album. An ‘80s fantasy film. A demolition project. A riot.

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

www.barrelorgantheatre.co.uk

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Sameena Zehra: Tea with Terrorists
Jun
30
6:15 PM18:15

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Lauren 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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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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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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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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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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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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