Sophie Duker: Venus
Jun
29
8:30 PM20:30

Sophie Duker: Venus

Sophie Duker is your Venus, she's your fire, at your desire. Or is she? Silly, sexy and savage stand-up about race, sex and (definitely not) being a goddess. From the host of the Wacky Racists Comedy Club. Star of Channel 4's Riot Girls, as seen on Comedy Central and BBC Three.

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British Vogue
Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

British Vogue

Life is terrifying for nearly 25-year-old Ashanti. She has no idea what she’s doing. Unemployed, trapped in her childhood bedroom on a permanent Netflix binge, and attempting to avoid the inevitable “when are you getting a job”? Until a chance arrival encourages her to try and subvert the quarter life crisis and finally find a socially-acceptable answer to “but where are you really from?”…after just one more episode.

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Aaron Simmonds: Disabled Coconut
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Aaron Simmonds: Disabled Coconut

“A Comedian going places”* Join the 2017 BBC New Comedy Award finalist and wheelchair enthusiast as he tells you about how his first paid gig led to him performing on BBC2 a year later, and what happens when you are being trolled online for not being disabled enough. Aaron is far better at stand-up than standing up and his unique perspective on life - usually of people's belly buttons - gives him a distinctive edge in his performances as well as a sore neck.
*Places with wheelchair access.

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Mantra
Jun
29
5:30 PM17:30

Mantra

**** The Student
When you discover the power of your voice, what will you use it for? An autobiographical, musical, theatrical storytelling adventure by Marv Radio. Based On A True Story
“Mantra delivers on all fronts” – The Student
“Stunningly beautiful” – The Write Angle
From South London to the Amazon Rainforest - Mantra is a psychedelic journey into the power of words, sound and music. Join beatbox champion, vocalist and storyteller Marv Radio for a high-energy hip-hop musical about mental health, music, healing and shamanism with a powerful self-produced soundtrack.

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Boy With The Golden Hair
Jun
29
1:30 PM13:30

Boy With The Golden Hair

A young man’s journey through the darkly absurd world of “Imprisonment for Public Protection.” It’s Kafka re-imagined by the New Labour Criminal Justice Act, 2003.  With vivid and raucous humour, Perry brings us the key players in his life as he moves from comic detachment to manic frustration. From Bayyani Theatre, whose show With You Always played to sold-out audiences at the Old Fire Station in 2016.

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Nat and Vic’s Guide to being an Independent Woman
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Nat and Vic’s Guide to being an Independent Woman

What do you do when Beyoncé tells you one thing and the Office of National Statistics tells you another? It’s hard celebrating being an independent woman when you don’t earn enough to pay the rent. With game shows, spoken word, and their best Beyoncé dance moves, Nat and Vic will help you explore the stark economics of gender inequality – from pay gap to pink tax. Who runs the world? People with money.

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Offbeat Music
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Offbeat Music

Featuring some of the best Oxfordshire-bands and in association with BBC Introducing, it’s Offbeat Music! Join us in the Gallery for an afternoon of free gigs.

Featuring Roguey Roads, Matt Pearson, Joe Hicks, Anouska, Crandle, Asher Dust and Jali Fily Cissokho,

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Phoenix
Jun
29
12:00 PM12:00

Phoenix

Ash is the ultimate one-man band: guitarist, pianist, drummer... and dad. When wannabe rock god Ash Phoenix (talented, charming, unknown) unexpectedly becomes a father, there’s only room for one star in the family. And it isn’t him. Ash isn’t raising hell – he’s raising a kid… alone. Music is really hard to combine with a small child. It’s noisy, it’s unsettled, the hours are terrible. Which is also true of music. And it’s hard to make it big when you’re constantly walking on Lego.

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Offbeat Social
Jun
29
11:30 AM11:30

Offbeat Social

Join us out in the garden at the Old Fire Station (or art room if it rains!) to enjoy food and drink together, and reflect on the festival. A chance for artists and audiences to meet and share their experiences.
FREE – just come along. The space is small so if it’s too full, we may ask you to come back later.

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My Heart, My Heart: Live Poetry Jukebox
Jun
29
11:00 AM11:00

My Heart, My Heart: Live Poetry Jukebox

Step into the Live Poetry Jukebox for an intimate and magical experience of poetry, visual art and performance! This interactive installation works like a music jukebox, only with poetry. Look at the beautiful ‘library’ of jars, containing miniature artworks connected to a poem. Choose one and listen to a live performance of it! Stay an hour or 5 mins, the choice is yours.

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Richard Soames: Let's Make a Movie
Jun
28
8:30 PM20:30

Richard Soames: Let's Make a Movie

Join "charming storyteller" (Chortle.co.uk) Richard Soames as he takes inspiration from his childhood home videos, some questionable film-making techniques and a state of the art handycam from 2003 to make an actual movie. In one hour.
★★★★ “A thoroughly imaginative show.” - Fringe Guru
★★★★ “An original show that kept us laughing throughout and a little astounded at the end.” - Voicemag

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British Vogue
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

British Vogue

Life is terrifying for nearly 25-year-old Ashanti. She has no idea what she’s doing. Unemployed, trapped in her childhood bedroom on a permanent Netflix binge, and attempting to avoid the inevitable “when are you getting a job”? Until a chance arrival encourages her to try and subvert the quarter life crisis and finally find a socially-acceptable answer to “but where are you really from?”…after just one more episode.

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Sound Cistem
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Cistem

“These are our bodies. What do you see?” Two transgender performers say f**k you to the binary, and invite you to their radically queer dance party! Set in nightclubs, Sound Cistem is an exuberant dance show about the cisgender gaze on the transgender body. Through riotous, glittering disco, shame is rejected and a self-love manifesto made. Unafraid to punch hard, Sound Cistem asks you to see the beauty in these bodies: and your own too.

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Witch Hunt
Jun
28
6:00 PM18:00

Witch Hunt

Following their award winning show Enter The Dragons, A&E Comedy return with a surreal and darkly hilarious brouhaha, directed by Cal McCrystal. These coven-ready weird sisters will be brewing a cautionary tale for our time as they ask who really holds the power in a world where the witches are hunting and predators have become the prey.

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Mythmaking : a night of new stories for old objects
Jun
28
5:50 PM17:50

Mythmaking : a night of new stories for old objects

There’s something unbearably sad about going to a museum and seeing an object that has lost its story. We can’t ever give these objects their original stories back, so we’ve given them new ones: join us for a walking tour through some of the Ashmolean Museum’s galleries, where you’ll be joined by cast of performers and storytellers as they spin new yarns for some very old objects.

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A Moment
Jun
27
8:30 PM20:30

A Moment

‘I used to be interested in clothes, clubs, buying records. And men. Now my life…what life?’ Responding to Bren Gosling’s ‘Moment of Grace’  two performers explore what it was to be gay in the 80s when the UK was full of fear and ignorance. An intimate duet moving through themes of paranoia, intimacy and oppression. The work also gives thanks to those who made it possible to say “HIV is no longer a death sentence.”

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British Vogue
Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

British Vogue

Life is terrifying for nearly 25-year-old Ashanti. She has no idea what she’s doing. Unemployed, trapped in her childhood bedroom on a permanent Netflix binge, and attempting to avoid the inevitable “when are you getting a job”? Until a chance arrival encourages her to try and subvert the quarter life crisis and finally find a socially-acceptable answer to “but where are you really from?”…after just one more episode.

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Sound Cistem
Jun
27
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Cistem

“These are our bodies. What do you see?” Two transgender performers say f**k you to the binary, and invite you to their radically queer dance party! Set in nightclubs, Sound Cistem is an exuberant dance show about the cisgender gaze on the transgender body. Through riotous, glittering disco, shame is rejected and a self-love manifesto made. Unafraid to punch hard, Sound Cistem asks you to see the beauty in these bodies: and your own too.

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A Moment
Jun
26
8:30 PM20:30

A Moment

‘I used to be interested in clothes, clubs, buying records. And men. Now my life…what life?’ Responding to Bren Gosling’s ‘Moment of Grace’  two performers explore what it was to be gay in the 80s when the UK was full of fear and ignorance. An intimate duet moving through themes of paranoia, intimacy and oppression. The work also gives thanks to those who made it possible to say “HIV is no longer a death sentence.”

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Sound Cistem
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Sound Cistem

“These are our bodies. What do you see?” Two transgender performers say f**k you to the binary, and invite you to their radically queer dance party! Set in nightclubs, Sound Cistem is an exuberant dance show about the cisgender gaze on the transgender body. Through riotous, glittering disco, shame is rejected and a self-love manifesto made. Unafraid to punch hard, Sound Cistem asks you to see the beauty in these bodies: and your own too.

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A Moment
Jun
25
8:30 PM20:30

A Moment

‘I used to be interested in clothes, clubs, buying records. And men. Now my life…what life?’ Responding to Bren Gosling’s ‘Moment of Grace’  two performers explore what it was to be gay in the 80s when the UK was full of fear and ignorance. An intimate duet moving through themes of paranoia, intimacy and oppression. The work also gives thanks to those who made it possible to say “HIV is no longer a death sentence.”

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Rhiannon Unbridled
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Rhiannon Unbridled

A one-woman storytelling show with original music. Rhiannon Unbridled takes the story of the Celtic Goddess Rhiannon out of its well-preserved Welsh Medieval manuscript in the Bodleian Library, and wrestles with it. Jackie’s stories of her girlhood fascination with horses, and developing relationships with the opposite sex are interlocked with chapters of Rhiannon’s life, until the narratives collide in a need to rescue both modern woman and ancient goddess from the forces that bridle them.

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Watson & Malone: On Ice! - EXTRA SHOW
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Watson & Malone: On Ice! - EXTRA SHOW

New date added by popular demand!

Watson & Malone have lost everything. The glory of the 1994 Winter Olympics has been ripped from their grasp by popular bouffants Torvill & Dean (who only came third due to a number of illegal lifts). Can the duo overcome their differences to reunite for one last victory and perform their infamous lost routine at Doncaster Dome? Join this documentary following their tumultuous reunion to discover if friendship - on ice! - can truly conquer all.

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Run Stanley Run
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Run Stanley Run

Morecambe, a northern seaside town, is struggling to survive just like its inhabitants. Mandy’s avoiding her Uncle Rick’s dodgy dance moves. Sarah’s watching a festival she’s never been to on the telly. Albert’s spending the little time he has left down the pub. And Stanley’s run away from school. But will anybody notice? Does anybody care? Run Stanley Run is a new poetic play written and performed by Rowan Padmore, about bereavement, loss and loneliness.

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Rotterdam
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Rotterdam

It's New Year in Rotterdam and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she's gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend Fiona reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one named Adrian. As Adrian begins his transition, Alice must face a question she never thought she'd ask... does this mean she's straight?

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Juliette Burton: Defined
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Juliette Burton: Defined

Award-winning comedian Juliette is full of contradictions: pessimistic optimist? Introverted extrovert? Successful failure? Masculine or feminine? Happy or sad? Mentally ill or healthy? Must we choose one or the other? After a year of huge change, Juliette had to redefine her life, labels and herself. Everything she thought was steadfast has vanished. Can she be everything at once? Must we choose how we are defined?

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BLUE
Jun
22
4:30 PM16:30

BLUE

BLUE is a new abstract fairy tale for adults underlining why it's important to reach out when you're 'not OK'. Using poetry, clowning, cardboard and a lobster called Spock; we follow Blue on a journey into Space, exploring her experiences with mental health.
Houston, we have a problem.

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