Apply Now - be part of the 2019 festival

A festival of the best contemporary performing arts, never before seen in Oxford.

Two weeks jammed with theatre, dance, comedy, music and spoken word, featuring new and established artists presenting new work.

A collaboration between Oxford Playhouse and Arts at the Old Fire Station, Offbeat is entering its fourth year and takes place across both venues. We are seeking applications to perform at the Old Fire Station, in the BT Studio and outdoors on Gloucester Green.

Application deadline: 9am, Thursday 31 January 2019

We are seeking applications for exciting and innovative new work, ready to show to an Oxford audience. This can be a brand new piece that you wish to preview or a production that has been performed elsewhere before but is on its debut tour. We will carefully curate a rich and varied programme from the submissions we receive. The festival will cover many art forms including theatre, dance, comedy, music and spoken word. We are happy to receive applications for final stages of work in progress showings.

This year we are also delighted to offer a programme of artist support to 6 companies.


22 February: Successful companies will hear of their inclusion.
18 March: Marketing form deadline (confirming final copy, image, age guideline and running time)
1 April: 1st brochure proof deadline
5 April: 2nd and final brochure proof deadline

Feel free to contact us before the launch of applications if you have any queries or would like to invite us to a performance:


There are two ways to perform at Offbeat:

1. In the general programme

2. As a supported artist


Shows in Offbeat are on a box office split basis: 70/30 in your favour for the BT Studio and OFS Studio - and 60/40 in your favour in the OFS Theatre (with no box office fees deducted). Ticket prices are set at £10 for the OFS Theatre and BT Studio, and £8 for the OFS Studio, with a £5 ticket price for works in progress and family shows.

As part of our agreement, Offbeat will provide and pay for:

  • A clean, warm and friendly venue for the agreed time and dates

  • General lighting and sound rigs

  • A venue technician for the get-in

  • Box Office – online, on phones and in-person

  • Box Office and Front of House staff for performances

  • Offbeat brochure and website listings

  • Display of your print at the venues

  • Marketing campaign support (including social media, online listings and newsletters)

  • A city-wide marketing campaign and national press campaign for the festival as a whole

You provide and pay for:

  • The show

  • Any technical crew you need, including an operator

  • Public liability and production insurance

  • PRS where applicable (approx. £10.36 per performance)

  • Show print & marketing


Monday to Friday shows will be programmed in the spaces in the evening. Saturday performances will be programmed in the daytime and evening.


Shows will normally be programmed as one-off performances. We anticipate shows to be 60 minutes but we are happy to discuss shows of varying lengths.