Creation Theatre Company
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3rd Floor, Cherwell House, 1-5 London Place, Oxford, OX4 1BD.
1984, 5th February to 5th March
George Orwell’s iconic dystopian nightmare. Complete with Big Brother, doublethink and The Ministry of Truth. Prepare to be unsettled.
The Mathematical Institute, Oxford
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Reviews of Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm
3rd December 2016 to 7th January 2017.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
It's Grimm… but Funn
Stories within stories, a great winter treat from Creation
Creation Theatre: Snow White & Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm, at the North Wall, Oxford, from Saturday, December 3, to Saturday, January 7
It's back to the future with Creation Theatre's winter treat Snow White & Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm, written and directed by Gari Jones.
Seasoned Creation fans will recall productions, even one similar in content to this show, in the Spiegeltent in the grounds of Oxford's BMW mini plant, with its cabaret-style seating. At the North Wall the drama takes place on a high stage, surrounded on all sides by the audience, with the performers nipping up steps to the stage, running in and out of hidden entrances, and disappearing down trap doors in a mask of darkness. Being close to the stage, many of the actors address theatregoers directly, involving them closely in the narrative.
Complexity abounds with stories within stories within stories. Snow White (Josie Dunn) takes a leaf from Scheherazade when she tells the seven dwarfs (numbers made up by local schoolchildren) a different tale each night to pay for her rent. Wearing a red cloak and earphones, the pretty princess morphs seamlessly into Red Cape with attitude, all teenage overconfidence, overlooking the dangers in the deep dark wood.
While there is a lot of fun with dances, and several scenes are interlaced with jolly songs, the folk tales collected by the Grimms are, well, grim. Hard-up parents abandon Hansel (Tom Richardson) and Gretel (Shelley Atkinson) deep in the wood. The children encounter a cannibalistic witch who owns the temptingly sweet cottage they think is a sanctuary. Red Cape and her grandmother are eaten by a debonair wolf who charms them into carelessness.
Snow White dismisses the wise counsel of her protective dwarfs by allowing her stepmother-in-disguise, the Queen (Clare Humphrey) to poison her with gifts (a comb, an apple). A king marries a woman for spinning straw into gold. It's a task aided by a sprite, Rumpelstiltskin (Simon Yadoo) who appears from underneath the floorboards. Her price is giving up her first-born baby. While that is horrible enough, the king's coercive behaviour to the young woman – he marries her only because of her gold-making – makes a happy ending for the couple unlikely. Recommended.
There is a review from DailyInfo ("delivered with surgical timing and tons of enthusiasm by the excessively talented cast of six... a first-class Christmas show and highly recommended!")
Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 3rd December 2016 to 7th January 2017
Hamlet, 13th July to 13th August 2016. See the review in the archive.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 23rd June to 30th July 2016. See the review in the archive.
King Lear, 12th February to 24th March 2016. See the review in the archive.
Treasure Island, 4th December 2015 to 9th January 2016. There are reviews from the Oxford Times ("tremendous fun with a wicked edge, this scurvy morality tale will leave you reeling – and grinning long after the sea shanties have faded away" 5/5), Daily Info ("another memorable Christmas show... a well put together piece with lots of energy and enthusiasm").
Alice, 18th August to 13th September 2015. See the review in the archive.
As You Like It, 28th July to 12th September 2015. See the review in the archive.
The Wind in the Willows, 5th December 2014 to 10th January 2015. See the review in the archive.
Macbeth, 1st August to 13th September 2014. See the review in the archive.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 6th December 2013 to 4th January 2014. See the review in the archive.
Henry V, 17th August to 14th September 2013. See the review in the archive.
Jekyll & Hyde, 8th June to 6th July 2013. See the review in the archive.
Aladdin and the Magical Lamp, 6th December 2012 to 5th January 2013. See the review in the archive.
The Merchant of Venice, 7th July to 1st September 2012
Richard II, 7th May 2012
The Odyssey, 29th March to 28th April 2012
Hamlet, 5th to 24th March 2012
A Christmas Carol, 8th December 2011 to 7th January 2012. There are reviews in the Oxford Times ("backing up all this ensemble acting is some very strong staging... fine show") and Daily Info ("a flawless performance... one of the most enjoyable shows of this year; don’t miss out on a night full of merriment and Christmas cheer! ").
Antony and Cleopatra, 8th July to 3rd September 2011. See the review in the archive.
King James Bible, 14th May to 11th June 2011 at St Barnabas Church
Dr Faustus, 4th February to 2nd April 2011 at Blackwell's Bookshop
Rapunzel, 26th November 2010 to 15th January 2011. See the review in the archive.
Romeo and Juliet, 19th July to 31st August 2010, at Said Business School Amphitheatre, Oxford
Beauty and the Beast, 27th November 2009 to 16th January 2010. See the review in the archive.
Twelfth Night (July 2009)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4th July to 13th September 2008
Othello (April 2009)
Hans Christian Andersen's Magical Tales (December 2008)
Animal Farm, 21st July to 30th August 2008
The Taming of the Shrew, 16th July to 25th August 2007
Hamlet, 1st June to 28th July 2007
Macbeth, 2nd June to 9th September 2006 at Headington Hill Park
Saints and Sinners (June 2008)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2008)
Measure for Measure (March 2008)
Tales from the Brothers Grimm (November 2007)
The Oxford Passion (August 2007)
Arabian Nights (November 2006)
Robin Hood (July 2006)
The Merchant of Venice (June 2006)
King Lear (February 2006)
The Snow Queen (November 2005)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (July 2005)
The Comedy of Errors (January 2005)
A Christmas Carol (November 2004)
Romeo and Juliet (July 2004)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2004)
The Winter's Tale (February 2004)
The Tempest (July 2003)
Twelfth Night (June 2003)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (June 2002)
Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It (July 2001)