BT Studio (Burton Taylor), Oxford
Beaumont Street, Oxford
Crime and Punishment, 24th to 28th October, 19:30
Condensing a classic tale into a ninety minute-long drama, this award-winning adaptation brings all the richness of of Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece to the stage. An elderly moneylender is dead, killed with an axe in her St Petersburg apartment; a destitute former student sits before a police inspector. The interrogation that follows is an intense psychological and philosophical exploration of the ideas and experiences that erupted into this crime. An exploration of morality, insanity and redemption, Crime and Punishment takes a fascinating deep dive into the psychology of a criminal.
An Englishman Abroad, 31st October to 4th November, 19:30
Full of Bennett’s delightful charm and plenty of pathos, An Englishman Abroad is the dramatised account of a real meeting between and actress and one of the infamous ‘Cambridge Spies’. In the wake of Stalin’s death, the world finds itself grasping for peace in the new world order. In an effort to increase goodwill for the West, actress Coral Browne is sent to Russia in a touring production of Hamlet. After a chance encounter at the theatre with this mysterious drunk, she receives a curious invitation to visit him in his Moscow flat… and bring a tape measure. What unfolds is a poignant, funny and (astonishingly) true story of friendship, loss and how hard it is to find a good suit in Soviet Russia.
Random, 31st October to 4th November, 21:30
Random is a play about family, about race, about London, and about violence. One actress takes on the challenge of playing a whole family, describing their daily routine until a brutal act changes everything and everyone.
Intruder and Seven Princesses, 7th to 11th November, 19:30
An evening of Expressionist horror by Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck. This double-feature of short plays takes Maeterlinck’s poetic, fable-like work and reinterprets them in the style of classic 1930s horror. His highly symbolic style provides a rich grounding for this haunting style, delving into the most primal aspects of human experience. Witness the approach of death through the eyes of the blind Grandfather in Intruder - a meditation on madness and mortality. And see what tragic consequences will befall Prince Marcellus when the Seven Princesses awake from their sleep of seven years… This pair of plays will transport you to the world of dreams and nightmares – within days of Halloween!
God of Carnage, 21st to 25th November, 19:30
By Yasmina Reza. Two children, Ferdinand and Bruno, have a fight. Ferdinand knocks out two of Bruno's teeth. That night, the parents of both children meet to discuss the “savage” matter. Each couple prides themselves on their civilised reasoning, but it’s not long before their sharp edges start to show. As they argue over misogyny, racism, and homophobia, the expensive trapping of their lives cannot cover up the carnage that lies beneath.
Retelling Tales, 21st to 25th November, 21:30
Retelling Tales tells a variety of true stories about human strength, suffering and hope. Each night there will be a performance of different monologues, all dealing with important questions of human existence, from facing death to fighting against oppressive political regimes. Retelling Tales uses a creative space to tell moving stories from real life which push boundaries, encourage development and challenge expectations. It is an innovative, alternative production which aims to show the power of storytelling.
All That Fall, 28th November to 2nd December, 19:30
Beckett’s All That Fall is an intense aural experience staged in complete darkness. Haunted by sounds of the countryside and snatches of Death and the Maiden, we follow the dragging steps of Maddy Rooney as she makes her way to and from Boghill railway station. Punctuated by comically absurd, gruesome conversations with various townsfolk, her journey is filled with humour and quiet tragedy. The blinded spectator will be immersed the worlds of those conversations, created and obliterated in flights of imagination. An intense and unusual theatrical experience.
A New Coat for Christmas, 7th December to 7th January, 13:30 and 19:30
Snowflakes are falling and Anna needs a coat to keep her warm and snug. But times are hard, so Anna and Mummy set out to make a new coat – with a little help from their friends. A New Coat for Christmas is inspired by a true tale of finding friendship in unexpected places. This enchanting story is full of music, fun and a flock of very fluffy sheep. It is the perfect festive treat, all wrapped up and ready to charm little ones and their grown-ups.
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