Old Fire Station, Oxford
Arts at the Old Fire Station is a new charity and social enterprise based in Oxford’s hub for creativity. "We are committed to helping local artists make and showcase their work as well as providing great entertainment and exhibitions. Within our building, you will find a shop selling original artwork, a gallery with a wide range of exhibitions, a theatre and studio for dance, drama and music and workshops for artists. We also have space to hire for classes, rehearsals and meetings."
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ. 01865 263980.
As You Like It, 21st to 22nd July, 19:30
Dressed as a man, the exiled Rosalind is ready to begin a new life after escaping her foes in the dead of night. But, when she runs into the love-sick Orlando and joins forces with the colourful inhabitants of the Forest of Arden, who knows? Rosalind’s plans may lead to more than just her own happy ending… Shakespeare is always made understandable and enjoyable with MadCap’s fun, fast-paced and entertaining staging that combines comedy, music and physicality with the original script.
Sweeney Todd, 23rd to 26th August
Sweeney Todd is back in London after 15 years’ exile for a crime he did not commit, hell-bent on revenge against the crooked judge who convicted him. But vengefulness tips into madness – and cannibalism. RicNic Oxford is proud to present Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical at the Old Fire Station this August. Both a genuine youth theatre company and a unique social enterprise, RicNic Oxford promises to bring a new energy to the gothic musical thriller that won eight Tony Awards. With a cast, band, and crew all under 21, this unmissable production of Sweeney Todd will shock and delight, cutting right to the heart of Sondheim’s dark tale of love, vengeance, and obsession.
The Hours Before We Wake, 2nd September
A lo-fi sci-fi black comedy set in the year 2091. Technology allows us to control our dreams and upload them to DreamShare. Beta-male Ian dreams of being a hero at nice, but can't look the unattainable Janice in the eye during the day. But after meeting the outcast Bea, he is plunged into a world of conspiracy. The Hours Before We Wake is a sharp dystopian comedy about lucid dreaming, technology and not letting anyone inside your head. Tremolo Theatre use music, movement and intricate sound design to explore their version of the future.
Team Viking, 14th September
Five years ago, James’s best friend Tom was diagnosed with heart cancer and given three months to live. His last wish was to be given a full viking burial. This is the remarkable, hilarious, heart-lifting and outlandish story of how James actually gave his best mate the send-off he wanted.
Ada and the Engine, 19th to 23rd September
In a field where women were not expected to achieve, she excelled. In an era when women were expected to confirm, she trod her own path. Born in the shadow of her father, Lord Byron, she made her own mark. Lauren Gunderson’s play is full of vitality and humanity, breathing life into this important figure in modern science: Ada Lovelace. By turns comic, moving and exhilarating, it not only celebrates her intellectual contributions as a mathematician and ‘poetic scientist’, but explores the complex love life and family relationships she dealt with at a time when women were not ‘required’ to be assertive or intellectual.
Joan, 19th October
What happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, JOAN is a refreshing look at Joan of Arc – history’s greatest underdog. The latest daring fusion of lyrical new writing and anarchic cabaret from the multi-award winning Milk Presents and performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, Joan takes the stage as a gutsy gender warrior, dragging up as the men she’s defies. A fearless solo show, with uproarious songs, exploring what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.
Kindertransport, 25th to 28th October
As the clouds of war gather in 1930’s Germany a desperate mother bundles her nine-year-old daughter onto a train, sending her away from danger and into the arms of strangers. In peaceful suburban 1980’s England, a proud mother prepares to say farewell to her grown-up daughter as she cuts the ties of childhood to leave the family home. Then a chance discovery opens an unhealed wound. Diane Samuel’s award-winning play examines the life of a Kindertransport child, during World War II and afterwards, and the agony of separating a child from her mother in an act of sacrifice that also wreaks devastating results.
Hummingbird, 3rd November
Edith Cole worked a dead-end job in a funeral parlour. Ralph Conti worked wealthy widows for a quick buck. Neither expected to fall in love. But once they did, they just kept on falling. Inspired by the true story of the ‘Lonely Hearts Killers’, a pair of latter-day Macbeths who gripped the imagination of 1950s America, 'Hummingbird' is dark, compelling physical theatre.
People Of The Eye, 24th November
Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together. Using projections, sound, live performance, and creative accessibility, this unique, poignant performance is about memories, feelings of isolation, and finding the joy in difference. This piece is accessible to D/deaf and hearing audiences through the use of British Sign Language, spoken English and creative captioning.
Doubt: A Parable, 28th November to 2nd December
St Nicholas Catholic School, New York, 1964. Head nun and Principal, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, welcomes Donald Muller, the first black child ever to attend the school. But when Father Flynn seems to be having an intimate relationship with the boy, her faith is tested to its limits. Doubt: A Parable is a suspense-filled exploration of intolerance, faith, and the abuse of authority, and asks you: do you really know what you think you know? An Oxford Theatre Guild production.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.