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.
Black Comedy, 25th to 27th June
The Swinging sixties, London. An artist, eager to make his name (and fortune!) and a Colonel’s daughter, eager to get married. These young lovebirds, Brindsley and Carol, need to impress and are willing to bend the rules and cover up the truth to make it happen: they’ve even ‘borrowed’ the neighbour’s antiques, just to add that extra bit of style. And then a fuse blows. As the guests arrive in darkness (and a few unexpected extras), Brindsley needs to use the blackout to his advantage before the electricity returns or sparks really will fly. Black Comedy by Peter Shaffer is a sharp, sassy look at the trials and tribulations of keeping up appearances, fighting blindly to get to the top and far too much antique furniture. Some things are best kept in the dark.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 16th to 17th July, 19:30
Running away with your forbidden love always seems like a great idea, but when the man who’s been promised to you and your best friend set out to follow you through the woods, things can quickly go wrong! Especially when the wood in question is currently playing host to two warring fairies, their mischievous followers and, of course, an infamous band of wannabe actors and an ass-headed man. Shakespeare is always made understandable and enjoyable with MadCaps way of staging fun, fast-paced and entertaining Shakespeare with a lot of ‘Madcap’ flair! Combining music, dance, stage combat and physicality with the original script join us for an evening of Shakespeare that is not to be missed!
The Hundred Years’ War, 18th July, 20:00
Midlands Creative Projects presents The Hundred Years’ War: The Somme to Afghanistan. Three performers, live music and striking imagery are combined to create a heart-wrenching drama whose every word is charged with poetry. ‘The Hundred Years’ War’ offers stories of war from around the world, all written over the last hundred years (1914 to 2013) by poets writing as aggressor and victim, soldier and civilian, the wounded and those watching on in horror. Featuring thirty-five extraordinary poems from Bloodaxe Book’s anthology ‘The Hundred Years’ War’, this brand new production fuses poetry and theatre to create a distinctive and deeply moving portrayal of life under fire.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.