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.
Before The Tempest, 17th to 19th September
Following sell-out Hidden Spire performances in 2012 and 2013, the Old Fire Station is working with homeless people from Crisis Skylight Oxford to create a brand new show for 2015: Before The Tempest. A prequel to Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic and bad weather, Before The Tempest looks into Miranda and Prospero’s life on the island and discovers their dreams and desires.
Blue Stockings, 22nd to 26th September
By Jessica Swale. Victorian Cambridge: at the first women’s college, a group of brilliant young women are fighting for the right to an equal education, and for the chance to determine their own futures. Although women are allowed to attend the same lectures and sit the same exams as men, they are denied the right to graduate. And the price for even this small taste of freedom is high. Traditional bastions in academia resent them, while in the outside world they are viewed as “blue-stockings”: undesirable, unnatural women, unfit for marriage. But over the course of one turbulent year, a group of extraordinary men and women will fight to change the face of education forever. In this vibrant and big-hearted play, the young women of Girton College find friendship, love, and the dizzying rush of intellectual freedom. But as opposition gathers pace, their personal and academic lives collide and they face painful choices. Fulfillment or family, acceptance or ostracism, love or knowledge… which would you choose?
Distractingly Female, 3rd October, 12:30
Also 10th and 17th October.
A couple want to raise their twin children, Jen and Jake, as complete equals. So although they can never be identical twins, brother and sister believe they can be exactly the same – wear the same clothes, have the same hair style, play with the same toys, learn about the same ideas, make the same friends and live the same life. But — as they grow up and move into the world of work and relationships, there appears to be more and more of a difference. Have the parents got it wrong? Can it be Jake’s fault? Or is it Jen we should blame? Is she just too distractingly female?
The Forest, 8th October, 13:30
Trapped in lives filled with daydreams, loneliness and secrets, Thea and Robin both crave an escape from their everyday routines. One day they are drawn into the dark and mysterious forest and find themselves on an unexpected journey of self-discovery filled with surprising encounters and experiences that change their lives forever. Two people destined to meet, their journeys take them into the depths of the wood, but will their paths ever cross? An intriguing multi-sensory tale which immerses audiences in a world full of new sights, sounds, smells and sensations; The Forest is the unmissable new production from Frozen Light. The Forest is an adventure for teenagers and adults with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) and their companions.
Birdhouse, 10th October, 20:00
Meet four forgotten survivors of the infamous attack from Hitchcock’s The Birds. After taking refuge in the Coronet Cinema, the women have been stuck there ever since, caught in a state of post-traumatic bird shock. With doomsday forever lurking just outside, can they now survive their own personal apocalypses?
Animal Farm, 28th to 31st October
Like one of Aesop’s fables, the plot mirrors the rise of Stalin in post-revolutionary Russia and the authors’ own concerns of the misuse of the Communist message as preached by Marx and Lenin. Animals become the various strata of society; in their words and actions they re-enact various periods from their struggle for freedom, from the show trails, the five-year plans and to the siege of Stalingrad. Yet all is in vain for the trotters of the pigs will rise higher above them than the whipped hand of Farmer Jones ever did!
The Journey, 3rd to 6th November
Set in a fictional Caribbean Restaurant, The Journey follows the hectic lives of the customers who come and go throughout the week. Everyone from the staff, street peddlers, local elders, businessmen, blue-collar workers, lowlifes and high rollers provide the ingredients for this drama about life, love and the pursuit of paper. Set to a sound track of soul, hip hop, reggae and live music vibes, this unique stage production translates the songs into a unique musical experience.
He Had Hairy Hands, 5th November, 19:30
The year is 1974, the sleepy town is Hemlock-Under-Lye and when werewolf attacks threaten teatime, there’s only one person you can call. An award-winning comedy by Kill the Beast, He Had Hairy Hands is a 1970’s detective werewolf mystery wrapped in a hilarious Hammer Horror. An American Werewolf In London meets Twin Peaks, The Wicker Man meets Scooby Doo, and The League of Gentlemen meets your fluffiest nightmare.
Season’s Greetings, 1st to 5th December
By Alan Ayckbourn. Christmas should be a time for family and friends to come together and enjoy each other’s company. But peace and goodwill don’t last long at Belinda and Neville’s home. Take a frustrated housewife, a seductive stranger, an eccentric puppeteer and a gun-mad uncle – mix in Santa, too much alcohol and some annoying mechanical toys – and you have a recipe for one truly dysfunctional Christmas. Oxford Theatre Guild returns to the OFS with a riotously entertaining new production of what is considered by many to be Alan Ayckbourn’s funniest play.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.