‘I’m standing next to you’ imagines what would happen if a group of complete strangers suddenly stopped, put their phones down and started talking to each other honestly about their lives. We invite audiences to become part of the crowd and listen to the character’s stories.
Do you know what capitalism is? Or like me have you just been pretending to for ages? Do you want to find out, but not be bored to tears? Do you just not really give a toss? If you answered yes to any of the above then ROLL ON THROUGH! I guarantee you will find something to relate to.
I had a dream to make Ladylike: a one hour piece that reflected and gave a voice to real women, latin women, black women, mixed women, break-women, superhero women. In the media the women I was seeing were beautiful, but they were not heroes, they were ‘sidechicks’ without much script, and they weren’t doing the saving but being rescued.
It’s evolved into an exploration of life’s endless submissions along with the tale of two hapless innocents who are sent deep into the mines of humanity to plant and harvest ideas. Other characters that pop up include the Carbon Copy, the paper pushers and the technicians. It’s a weird and wonderful journey of a show.
‘Just a Few Words’ follows a young man just trying to express his feelings to someone, which is hard enough as it is, but this man has a severe stammer… So, to help him, he has a massive pile of A3 cards, which give him strategies to subdue it. The cards take on a whole sassy character of their own, turning this one-man show into a comic duologue, and a truthful exploration of what’s like to have a stammer.
Is being kind outdated? Or can small acts of kindness have big effects? I use video projection, hidden camera filming, comedy and totally truthful storytelling to explore kindness through my very real journey of wrestling with it; the problems with being kind but also maybe rediscovering its power.
Organic Entity is a triple bill choreographed by Anna Watkins, Neus Gil Cortes and Salah El Brogy. They’re former dancers who have danced with some of the most celebrated dance companies in the world and they have come together to do this show to amplify their choreographic voices. The show’s theme goes under body, mind and transcendence.
Since its inception Presence Theatre has always had a deep interest in Nordic dram - and we are are thrilled to be now bringing a play inspired by one of the most famous stories from Icelandic maritime history to Oxford.
Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. It will be packed with live music, dancing, games and of course, party bags, so it’s sure to be fun. There’s only one problem: The bees are dying and without them, we will too.
Ballistic is a one person show about a young man who feels as though he is dealing with constant rejection and embarrassment which leads him to a point where he feels he’s got to take some action. The play was inspired by stories and accounts of violent acts committed by young men around the world and the growing trend of infamy in death.
The show we're bringing to you lovely lot is called WE ARE IAN. It's a show we made about our mate Ian, and his time as part of the Acid House movement in 1989. Ian narrates the whole show, and we do loads of dancing, and gurning, and partying.
Our performance at Offbeat will be a work in progress, so we’re not completely sure what the show is really ABOUT yet. It’s about us, but it’s not autobiographical - it’s not our story. In fact, there is no story...
I think that people who are growing out of childhood and entering adulthood will engage with my performance. The kind of people who feel that they’re in limbo a bit with what their next steps in life “should” be. I think parents of these people will find parts of the show charming and reassuring.