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 Islanders and On The Beach,
2nd May, 19:30
A double-bill over one evening of acclaimed theatre pieces heralding seaside adventure and escapism.
On The Beach by John Osborne. John Osborne – creator of Radio 4 and West End sell-out show John Peel’s Shed – has spent the past twelve months visiting British seaside towns. This show documents a lunchtime walk along one such beach: charting the lives, loves, hopes and nostalgia all found down on the beach.
The Islanders. An indie musical about memories, first-loves and growing up – by Amy Mason, Eddie Argos (lead singer of Art Brut) and folk star Jim Moray. In the late nineties, teenage couple Amy and Eddie fled their bedsit haven of damp walls, smashed furniture and only-orange foods for a holiday on the Isle of Wight. Thirteen years on, they try to make sense of an island, a holiday and a much-forgotten relationship.
Bitch Boxer, 13th May, 19:30
Meet Chloe, 21, from Leytonstone. She likes the simple things in life: cherry sambuca, hairbrush-in-the-mirror karaoke and winding her Dad up. Oh, and she’s a boxer. London, 2012. Women will step into the Olympic boxing ring for the very first time. And it’s in Stratford. Down the road. As Chloe trains for the fight of her life, she is left winded by two life-changing events. In a man’s world, can she prove she’s still worth the title?
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, 15th to 17th May, 19:30 and 14:30 on Saturday
Lord Arthur Savile has everything: money, a place in society, a beautiful fiancée and a colourful array of relatives. What he doesn’t have is a brain, but that’s never really been a hindrance. One evening his world is unexpectedly inconvenienced when ‘fortune’ decrees he must commit a murder – before next Thursday! With time running out, Lord Arthur enlists the help of his manservant to devise a foolproof plan… Written by Constance Cox and based on a short story by Oscar Wilde, this comical insight into English society, family relations and ‘doing the right thing’ will have you rolling in the aisles.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.