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.
Stand, 10th to 11th April, 19:30 and 14:30 on Saturday
Six Oxford activists – or at least, six people who have chosen to act – take the stage and step in to the spotlight, portrayed by six actors: and the ideas to which they are devoted could hardly be bigger or more important. They’re ideas about how we make for ourselves a better, more sustainable future; how we live more equitably alongside those with whom we share our planet; how we build our families and communities and how we keep moving forward in the face of greed and corruption, and our own doubt and fear.
Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone, 28th April, 19:30
Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone is an investigation into what happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings, and that at some point, sooner than we think, they are suddenly going to disappear from our lives. In an intimate and funny exploration of mother and daughter relationships, two highly skilled male actors explore the fascinating relationship dynamic of a thirty-something daughter and her ageing mother. The honest, frank and familiar exchanges between mother and daughter range from the everyday: tea, travel, boyfriends and more tea; to the truth of their seemingly tense relationship. Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone is a lifetime of conversations, condensed into one hour.
Storm in a Teacup, 2nd May, 20:00
Three old sisters, one birthday cake, buckets of tea and good old anarchy! In an old, old house, there’s an old, old staircase and up that old, old staircase, there’s an old, old room, and in that old, old room are three old, OLD sisters… Inspired by Chekhov’s Three Sisters, this darkly comic and cartoon-like piece is a window into the quirky and tender Chaplinesque world of three sisters in their 80′s as they fight the system to keep their independence. In a world where words have lost their place, physical comedy, walking sticks and false teeth come to life. No previous experience of Chekhov required! This production has no dialogue and shares its story through beautifully choreographed set pieces to music, physical comedy, clowning, physical theatre and larger than life characters. Storm in a Teacup is a fun and touching journey through afternoon tea rituals, birthday cakes and chamber pots, to be shared with the whole family.
Benefit, 5th May, 19:00
By Sarah Woods. Three interwoven stories unlock the frustrations and passions of characters struggling with their bank balances, their histories and their own sense of self. A coup in a foreign country half a century ago, a disability that leaves a person isolated, and a sex addiction that’s destroying a relationship link three characters in a carefully crafted story about lives and loves and the social systems they have come to depend upon. What is left to lose? What is left to gain? And when will equality and justice truly be served? This production uses forum theatre, a type of interactive theatre which empowers the audience to change the action of the play. You will have the opportunity to debate, disagree and even participate in the show.
Silent on the Matter, 8th to 9th May, 19:45
Silent on the Matter is a new play by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies, probing the controversial and sensitive issue of ‘gender foeticide’. It’s a story of close friends, from two very different backgrounds, who believe they truly understand and respect the other’s culture, until a shocking decision is made, exposing hypocrisy and underlying unspoken conflict. The play explores the age-old question of why good people make inexplicably bad decisions. A journey of self discovery unfolds as the characters recognise the corrosive effect of blindly following either ancient traditions or modern values, forcing them to face the inevitable consequences which re-shape not only their relationships but their entire lives.
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.