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.
The Damned United, 24th to 25th May, 19:30
1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds. Adapted from David Peace’s brilliant and ingenious novel, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.
Castaways, 1st to 2nd June
Three teenagers – born on the same day, in the same town but with very different backgrounds. Inseparable since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, they’re a close-knit trio, both at school and at home. Sam, Asha and Kieran watch out for each other, until one day a shocking event blows their teenage world apart – and their friendship with it. Castaways explores the nature of friendship, trauma and tribal loyalties in a neighbourhood where the blue touchpaper is waiting to be lit…
No Man Ever, 12th June, 19:30
There is a wedding coming up. The couple have asked for a poem to be read on their perfect day. In the build-up to and aftermath of the wedding, which we never see, two couples confront their pasts and their present, and make their breaks for happiness. No Man Ever is an exciting piece of new writing, drawing on both contemporary dramatic style and the themes of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Bad Girls, 14th to 16th June, 19:30
This fresh and often funny musical brings to life the vivid and varied characters ‘living’ and working in the fictional Larkhall Prison. The back stories of the characters and fantastic musical numbers take the audience on a journey through the trials and tribulations of being inside a women’s prison. Based on the cult television drama series of Bad Girls, it’s the story of new idealistic Wing Governor Helen Stewart and her battles with the entrenched old guard of Officer Jim Fenner and his sidekick Sylvia Hollamby. It also follows the love story that develops between Helen and charismatic inmate Nikki Wade. Other featured characters include Shell Dockley and her runner Denny Blood, old-timer Noreen Biggs, The two Julies and the ultimate Top Dog, King-of-Gangland’s missus, Yvonne Atkins. A tragic death on the wing – in which Jim Fenner is implicated – leads to an angry protest from the women and forces Helen and Nikki to their opposite sides of the bars. But when it’s clear that Helen stands to lose her job over Jim Fenner’s misdeeds, the race is on for the women to nail Jim once and for all. An Abdabs Youth Theatre production.
Hoot Owl Master of Disguise, 23rd June, 12:00
Meet Hoot Owl – a mischievous bird with a talon to amuse, who plans to use his cunning disguises to gobble up the tiny animals of the night. Trouble is, they keep escaping! Is Hoot Owl as wise as he thinks he is? And will he ever succeed in catching himself some dinner? Based on the popular book, hoots and hilarity abound in this riotous new show from Proon Productions.
Beneath the Blue Rinse, 5th July, 19:30
Brilliant new writing by Tom Glover, Beneath the Blue Rinse exposes how society views and treats the elderly, exploding stereotypes and questioning the practises of our so-called ‘care system’. We see what it’s like to be vulnerable, exploited, ignored, and subject to the care of others…who may not care at all.
No Man’s An Island, 29th August to 1st September, 19:30
Two men, both eminent and respected in their time: one, the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Gene Tunney; the other the prolific and famously controversial playwright, George Bernard Shaw. These two unlikely friends were devoted to each other, and relished their differences their opinions, and their interest and curiosity of their times. Ironically, perhaps, the boxer was more modest than the playwright – though both were bold observers of humanity and its problems and hopes. No Man’s An Island tells the story of this remarkable friendship, and a holiday on the island of Brioni in which events take a tragic turn…
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