Welcome to ROOM, a story that we tell together. One audience member. 20 minutes. Everything is live and improvised in response to your imagination. Crazy? Surreal? Quiet? Romantic? Far out? Far in. Anything can happen. ROOM takes place every half hour between 11am and 7.30pm. Ages 7+ (any children must be accompanied by an adult). 20 minutes. In the OFS Loft. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Gentle interactive theatre for babies, very young children and their grown ups. Join Tiny Light as they explore a crinkly, scrunchy paper world and take you on a journey over a paper sea. Ages 0-3. 40 mins. In the BT Studio. £5 (adult and child). MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Calling all hippo expert enthusiasts! Award-winning family comedy that will have kids storming the stage. Join Dr Zeiffal on the hunt for the hippo that can never be caught! Expect belly laughs, belly flops and fantastical falling over in this brilliant new adventure. Ages 4+ (but all welcome). 1 hour. In the OFS Loft. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A brand spanking new character comedy. A big energy, silly-voiced extravaganza peeking into the pits of humanity. A member of the Soho Theatre’s Young Company, Eleanor Colville makes her solo debut in this surreal and heart warming show. Ages 15+. 55mins. In the OFS Studio. £8. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Menna is the only Sin Eater in the village. She carries on the old Welsh tradition, eating the sins of the dead despite the bitter taste left in her mouth. Love and acceptance are precious, especially when you're a bit different. 1 hour. This is a work in progress. In the BT Studio. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Choreographers Anna Watkins, Neus Gil Cortés and Salah El Brogy explore human condition across age and time, setting them against the backdrop of our current plural society. Based on scientific research, these three new dance pieces explore our animal body, our critical mind and our need for transcendence in an intense triple bill. Ages 12+. 75 mins. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK NOW.
What do you do when you can't stop falling? Mr Mineshaft rediscovers the extraordinary life and work of forgotten virtuoso black composer Julius Eastman, articulating his pitiful fall from the heights of America's classical avant-garde, to depths of drug addiction and vagrancy. Ages 16+. 1 hour. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Watch the rise, fall and unfortunate rise again of our new Foreign Secretary. Hear the (soon to be) smash hits, "I'm talking about Brexit", "Posh Lads" and "BeLeave!" Relive last year's Brexit fiasco almost to the day - in song! Ages 14+. 1 hour. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Comedian and activist Chris Coltrane makes his Oxford debut with another hour of uplifting, Tory-smashing comedy. If you love the NHS, libraries, kindness and joy, this show is for you. World-class punchlines guaranteed.*
(*Not legally binding). Ages 16+. 1 hour. This is a work-in-progress. In the BT Studio. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A five-piece jazz-electronic band from Oxford University (with inspiration drawn from artists such as Jon Hopkins, Floating Points, Bonobo and Robert Glasper), Wandering Wires was formed in April 2016. Their debut album Departures was released in October 2016 to critical acclaim, with the band featuring on BBC Introducing’s national show. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
"I have been trying to take charge over the past couple of days, I mean just for starters, because there are several issues. Friendly is clearly with me. Say hello Friendly. Oh no you can't, you're a cow." Beth wants to borrow a tractor, but she won't say why. Cow is about a girl, a cow and the ways people ask for help. Ages 15+. 1 hour. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t. Our fuzzy little friends need our help, so we are launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show and you are all invited to join us. In fact, you definitely should. Before it is too late. We plan to plant the seeds of thought for change. Ages 5+. 45 minutes. This is a work in progress. In the OFS Theatre. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Rosie is going on an adventure. Rosie also has dementia. She knows she needs to save Henry, but how? And where did he go? Inspired by secrets collected from the people of Oxford, The Room Of Lost Things is a story of love, family, mystery and memory loss. Ages 12+. 1 hour. This is a work in progress. In the OFS Loft. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Pagrav, meaning sound of feet, was founded by its Urja Thakores to promote the Indian classical dance style Kathak in its purest form. For Aunusthan (celebrations) the company showcase different elements of this beautiful dance form. Ages 5+. 1hr, 15mins. In The OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A one-man show with music, dance and stories. This provocative and humorous show is based on a true story. A busker of French African descent tells the extraordinary tale of his adoption and upbringing by an unconventional white Belgian couple who travelled the world. A highly entertaining piece about a deadly serious matter – diversity. Ages 15+. 1 hour. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Work-in-progress show from this multi-award winning comedian. The Koran states 'Paradise lies beneath a mothers feet' A difficult concept for a feminist suffering from sweaty smelly feet to understand. But what about women who choose not to have children? are they to be punished and denied paradise? Ages 15+. 1 hour. This is a work in progress. In the OFS Studio. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Me and my mum want to make a show together. We don’t know yet what it will be. She wants it to be called Unconditional. I’m not sure about that title yet but she will probably get her way… We want to test where the word ‘unconditional’ will lead us. Mothers, daughters, love and LIMITS. Is this ‘bond’ unbreakable? Ages 12+. 50 mins. This is a work in progress. In the BT Studio. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Following her five star sold-out 2016 Edinburgh show Be More Margo, BBC Radio 4’s Viv Groskop presents her latest work-in-progress. Anchorwoman is a show exploring our relationship with the news, asking why exactly all the news is so annoying at the moment. There might be quite a lot to say. Ages 16+. 50mins. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Tanya is an outcast, hunted by those who misunderstand her, unable to age until she has cried, she must collect the tears of others in glass bottles down the centuries – and through her stories, bear witness to the pain and suffering of the people, until the day when she finally stands up to be counted – and learns how to cry. Ages 14+. 1 hour. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
This is a show about belonging. About tribes and families. About the place you belong because you were born there and it’s in your blood, but also the places you adopt; that you pretend are your home, and the places you change yourself to try and belong in. Rebecca Atkinson-Lord presents this personal show about class mobility, regional identity and being a Thatcher’s child. Ages 11+. 1 hour. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Whether on the street or in school, work or at home, there are times in a woman's life when she feels she has no choice but to smile politely... well, sod that. A show about how Ness Lyons learned to speak the fuck up about objectionable things. Ages 14+. 1 hour. In the OFS Loft. £8. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Richard Carpenter was on top of the world looking down on creation, to the left of (and slightly behind) Karen. Now he’s back, and he’s playing solitaire. A new dark comedy performed by Matthew Floyd Jones, the piano player from Frisky & Mannish. Ages 14+. 1 hour. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Finding. Invention. Uni-verses of verse. Dis-Covery is performance poet, student and general busybody René Sharanya Verma's first solo spoken-word show, comprising reflections on words and worlds both triumphant and tremulous, profane and profound. Ages 18+. 30 minutes. This is a work in progress. In the OFS Loft. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A talk with Will Holmes, Equity, for performers, stage managers, producers, and theatre-makers interested in taking shows to festivals. FREE. In the Old Fire Station Loft. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A storytelling show about Love… I’m aware there isn’t much art made about love so I thought I’d wade in and nail the definitive article before anyone else tried to. There will be some music in it. Ages 14+. 1 hour. In The OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Tim Paramour was Deputy Head of a large primary school when he walked away from the profession that had been his life for over twelve years. A year on Tim shares his story in a poignant and unexpected way with documentary theatre experts, Kinoteater, from Estonia. Ages 11+. 1 hour. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Elise is called pretty the same amount of times as being called sir in an average week. Elise is often asked, Are you a boy or a girl? the answer to this question is: No. A solo show exploring non-binary gender using Elise's real everyday life experiences. Ages 11+. 30 mins. This is a work in progress. In the OFS Studio. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A wild and imaginative gig-theatre retelling of the ancient Greek tragedy, set in the technological turbulence of the 1980s. With the discovery of her husband's deceit and betrayal, Medea is driven to embark on a journey of savage revenge and destruction. Ages 16+. 1 hour. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
1976. Fran & Leni meet in a North London comp. Three years later they are The Rips. Girls with guitars, bored of playing nice. Music, sex, tits & spitting. A two-girl escape from everything sugar and spice. 'I was the punk. I was born punk. But she was my rock. The only one I ever had.' Ages 14+. 1 hour. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Award-winning poet, Tina Sederholm still feels like a failure. A recovering perfectionist, she is trying to find the beauty in her flaws, even those she finds more monstrous than Trump. Is it possible that eating too much cake and buying too many dresses are actually signposts back to happiness? Ages 14+. 1 hour. In the OFS Studio. £8. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A contemporary dance piece fusing contemporary dance with British Sign Language. Performed by two female dancers, this exciting and intricate duet takes inspiration from Colin Thompson's poem 'If I told you I was deaf would you turn away'. Ages 8+. 30 minutes. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
“She loves him. Isn’t that what parents do? But is it possible to love someone like that?” Mine is an intense monologue, examining what a parent must overcome when their child is arrested for something unspeakable. Ages 16+. 50 mins. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Nathan and Ida Hardwerker left the old country to build a better life for themselves in a new world: taking with them nothing but a will to succeed and a secret recipe for sauce. Hitch a ride on this comedy roller-coaster of dance, mime and clowning where business is brutal but hot dogs will never let you down. Ages 13+. 45 mins. In the OFS Studio. £8. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Just a few words to say how you feel. Shouldn’t take long. Except, this is a one-man play with a stammer, and Nye Russell-Thompson’s speech is lost as a nagging pile of thoughts won't stop interrupting him… This may take a while. A darkly comic grapple with the awkward task of expression. Ages 13+. 1 hour. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
2017: The BBC is bust and the planet is too - following ecological collapse, thousands of endangered species are extinct, including the BBC. But one plucky intern isn't giving up - and on programming schedule, we're getting series three. Armed with obsolete office supplies and a surreal imagination, nature's weirdos are brought back to life by Luke Rollason. Ages 12+. 45 mins. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A day in the life of one man and the fishing community that sustains him. A day in which he must face his fears and desires in a desperate attempt to survive amongst the ice-cold waters off the coast of Iceland. Ages 14+. 1 hour. This is a wok in progress. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
He tries his best with girls. He tries his best with mates. But things just don’t seem to be going right. So he’s making a change. Inspired by mass shooter Elliot Rodger’s manifesto, Ballistic is a one-man tour-de-force about the life of a loner. Ages 16+. 1 hour. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Before Romeo and Juliet, there was another secret love affair even more forbidden. A pair of star-cross'd lovers fall in love in Verona. Interlacing modern and Shakespearean text and told in a nonlinear way, the play traces the untold tumultuous relationship - love and betrayal, jealousy and lies - between Mercutio and Tybalt. Ages 14+. 55 mins. In the BT Studio. Sold out. MORE INFO.
Few predicted the events of the past year. Mark sets out to find what the future has in store for us by asking the audience what their predictions for the future are, creating a fantastical, hilarious and sometimes accurate vision of the world. This show is all about gambling on the future. Ages 16+. 1 hour. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Frank has everything going for him. Exciting job, loving wife, beautiful daughter. But Frank has a secret - he is one of the thousands of sex addicts living in the UK. Watch Frank as his life unravels and join him on his descent into a shadow world of compulsivity and excess. A darkly humorous and unsettling account of one man’s search for redemption. Ages 18+. 1 hour. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Oxford quartet Low Island made a flying start with the recent release of their debut EP ‘Just About Somewhere’ which has received close to 1 million streams on Spotify alone. Dolly Mavies is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Oxfordshire. With Welsh roots and soulful sounds, Dolly's music captivates, with haunting vocals and ambient tones. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A radically playful and physically liberating workshop for creatives of any discipline who are curious to develop a greater sense of connection in their work. Led by “bold, subversive and very funny” (★★★★ The Scotsman) performance maker, Helen Duff. Ages 18+. In the OFS Studio. £15. (Book Helen Duff’s show and workshop for £20). MORE INFO AND BOOK.
1989. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. We weren’t even born. But Ian was. And Ian does remember. We’ve got fuck all now (Ian tells us). So, we’re going back to 1989. We’re gonna neck a brown biscuit. We’re gonna get off our peanuts. We’re gonna bounce around like idiots. And Ian’s going to show us how… Ages 14+. 45 mins. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Politics meets powertools and aerobics routines in this physical-video-poetry-comedy show about life under capitalism, from the perspective of an award-winning office temp*. If time is money, how do you sell yours?
*not a joke. Ages 14+. 1 hour. This is a work in progress. In the BT Studio. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
'Master of shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning’ Helen Duffreturns with a bold, subversive and very funny new comedy show about life as fully exposed idiot. Ages 16+. 1 hour. In the OFS Theatre. £10. (Book Helen Duff’s show and workshop for £20) MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A spoken word performance about not fitting in. This is a performance trying to solve the questions Roxanne has been asking for the past year. Exploring the positives of failure, social expectations, gender politics and dating in the digital age, Roxanne Carney tries her best to answer. Ages 18+. 1 hour. This is a work in progress. In the BT Studio. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Haula is an emerging singer/songwriter with an expressive and powerful sound while exposing an arresting honesty and deep-seated vulnerability. With her African roots, classical piano training and myriad of disparate musical influences, the classically trained pianist is not your average artist. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Sam is on the run. She has stolen a car, crashed it and is trapped with no way out. What happens when you hit a dead end and it feels like your life is a write off? Join her only seconds after she has crashed it; be one of just six passengers as Sam attempts to unravel her past and find a way out as she attempts to put the pieces of her life back together. Ages 14+. Meet at the Burton Taylor Studio. 45 mins. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Weddings bring the whole family together, and that’s when the problems start. A comedy about breast cancer, marital breakdown, family baggage and grieving – what could be funnier? The show will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A. Ages 12+. In the OFS Theatre. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Juliet (writer on Sarah Millican Television Programme and 8 out of 10 Cats) and her dog have issues. This is a show about unconditional love, anxiety, peeing on things and being a wolf. Ages 12+. 1 hour. In the OFS Studio. £8. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A story about x-rays and emigration, told with an assortment of old slides, a record player and a desk lamp. In 27 fragments, Orley pieces together the unusual life of her grandfather and the origins of radiology to tell a tale about bones, shadows and lucky escapes. Ages 12+. 1 hour. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
How do we remember those who have died? Why are we so attached to their stuff? Have you ever pictured your own funeral? Erin Blolens has. She's pictured yours too. Not everyone will be in black and at least one person will just be there for the buffet. Ages 12+. 1 hour. In the OFS Loft. £8. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Jolie Booth’s immersive solo show introduces a flat caught between two timelines: the home of Anne Clarke in 70s bohemian Brighton, and a squat established by Jolie in 2002. Be transported to a living room with hypnotic OHP, cushions and incense for soothing and passionate storytelling. Ages 16+. 1 hour. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Three estranged sisters discover their demented mother is about to blow their inheritance on a luxury cruise. Determined the tyrannical national treasure shall not have the last laugh, they pocket the money, transform her drawing room into the deck of the Ocean Queen and convince her she is sailing to Madeira. Ages 12+. 2 hours. This is a work in progress. In the Oxford Playhouse's Top Room. Sold out. MORE INFO.
Following total sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2015 & 2016, award-winning comedian Juliette Burton investigates the power of kindness in a brand new docu-comedy. At a time when most of us find it hard enough being kind to ourselves – let alone others – is being nice outdated? Or can we still connect and change lives for the better? Ages 14+. 1 hour. This is a work in progress. In the OFS Loft. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A tale of transitions and arrivals. Three characters wind their way through paper-thin premises, scrape off the wallpaper to find the horrors that lie beneath. Dark and funny, The Submission melds theatre clowning and choreography to explore the journeys between the stories. Ages 12+. 50 minutes. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
One woman. One eye. And her (sort of) blind life… Using her wit, charm and anecdotes Georgie tells the story of how she went blind but now she can see…literally. Do your other senses really get stronger? Is it wrong to crack onto your doctor? Will I get a new eye that shoots lasers? Ages 18+. 1 hour. In the OFS Studio. £8. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Sameena Zehra (winner 'Outstanding Performer' NZ Fringe 2017) brings her caustic wit and absurd mind to a storytelling comedy (in zygote form) about journeys, borders & almost stealing a llama on a 4-day trek to Machu Picchu. Ages 18+. 50 mins. This is a work in progress. In the BT Studio. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
The Marriage of Kim K is a dizzying take on Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. Three musical landscapes gradually build themselves up before tearing each other to pieces. Our heroes discover the meaning of love in the modern world. Brisk, clever, and vaultingly ambitious. Ages 16+. 75 mins. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
‘Very friendly but fiercely political’ (Time Out) comedian Tiernan Douieb considers if ignorance is indeed bliss, and if so, surely he shouldn't know that. A new hour of satirical gags and nonsense musings from ‘Opinionated yet likeable’ (The Guardian) Douieb. Ages 14+. 1 hour. This is a work in progress. In the BT Studio. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Aleena’s Garden is an interactive sensory adventure through the seasons for 0 – 3 years old and their grown ups, with lights, colour, touch, original music and Makaton sign language. Underneath the canopy of Aleena's tree, the young audience will be led on an exciting journey through the natural world. 1 hour. In the BT Studio. £5 (adult & child). MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A new musical storytelling adaptation of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. For lighthouse keeper, Mr Grinling, lunch is the highlight of the day. But Mr Grinling isn’t the only one who enjoys the delicious food. Some greedy seagulls keep stealing his lunch! Can Mr and Mrs Grinling come up with a plan to stop them? Ages 3+. 50 mins. In the OFS Theatre. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Our world has never been more connected. So why is it that an increasing number of people feel isolated and alone? I’m Standing Next To You is an award-winning promenade play that invites audiences to become part of a lonely crowd. Ages 16+. 1 hour. In the OFS Loft. £8. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Inclusive company BLIN K Dance Theatre weaves dance, original live music and storytelling. Step inside the lives of four strangers as their worlds begin to tangle out of control. ‘It is thrilling to see something so personal, accessible and inviting brought to a stage.’ - A Younger Theatre. All performances are relaxed and friendly. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
6 Women is about the extraordinariness of ordinary women and tells real stories of bravery, courage, and defiance from women across Oxfordshire. It will feature six women each from a different decade of their lives, aged between 20-80, and will ask what it is like to be a woman today and how much age changes one’s perspective. All ages. 1 hour. This is a work-in-progress. In the OFS Studio. £5. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
A slacker atheist is chosen as the next messiah. Awkward. Fortunately, God does have a sense of humour (after all, she designed the penis). This is her latest start-up. This is religion 2.0. A comedy about why we believe, that asks: what would you do, if you could change the world? Ages 12+. 70 mins. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Elf Lyons wants to do a full scale production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. In an hour. In French. Because she doesn’t think Tschaikovsky knew that much about swans. In this standup show, anything is possible. An insane ballet comedy mime spectacle full of joy and weirdness. Ages 16+. 1 hour. In the OFS Loft. £8. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
This relaxed pub quiz is open to everyone. Test your theatre knowledge and meet other theatre fans! Bring a team of 3-5 people or join one on the night. A great way to round off the Offbeat festival as well as an opportunity for people to know more about Oxfordshire Theatre Makers. All ages. 2 hours. In the OFS Bar. £3. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
#TORYCORE is a show like no other. A fiercely political convergence of death metal and theatre, it’s about vocalising a response to Conservative Party policies through music, speeches, powerpoint and rage. Ages 14+. 1 hour. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
Stuck between Ravi, his boisterously libidinous friend, and Miriam, his devout and traditional mother, Adam, a young British Pakistani Muslim is forced to discover who he really is, and who he wants to be. A new play by Karim Khan. Ages 14+. 70 mins. In the BT Studio. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.
What if how I feel about the world and myself at 4am is the truth? Join the residents of Fear Camp as they tackle their sense of impending doom with gleeful enthusiasm and complimentary in-flight drinks. A tender, playful, and unusual story about feelings we all recognise. A show for anyone who has ever felt absolutely dreadful. Ages 12+. 75 mins. In the OFS Theatre. £10. MORE INFO AND BOOK.