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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Woke
Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

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 OFS Theatre.

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

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Hollering Woman Creek - cancelled
Jun
27
7:45 PM19:45

Hollering Woman Creek - cancelled

We regret to inform you that due to an emergency health issue on behalf of one of the performers, this show has been cancelled.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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