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.
CELL, 12th May, 19:30
After being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Ted goes on the trip of a lifetime…and so does his pet fish. As the disease starts to cause his mobility to degenerate, Ted rushes towards experiencing a world that is outside of his comfort zone; from the streets of Lille to the romance of Venice. Humorous, heart-warming and hopeful, CELL features charming puppetry, physical theatre and an original score to tell the story of one man’s final adventure to create enough memories to last a lifetime.
Dinosaur Park, 27th May, 19:30
This award-winning, laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg’s classic Jurassic Park is a theatrical celebration of cinematic nostalgia. The perfect parody for those waiting anxiously for the next film, and an enjoyable entertainment for everyone else! Welcome to the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park Family embark on a journey to a misty past. When things go wrong, family feuds are faced with the rapturous roar of DIY dinosaurs.
Perfect, 11th June, 12:30, 18th and 25th
Cathy is a cognitive behaviour therapist working in a South London OCD clinic – her work is being threatened by government funding cuts, staff walk-outs and a clinic that is literally falling apart at the seams. She is enraged when she hears a premiership footballer on a radio phone-in claiming that his OCD helps him take better free kicks. Spurred into action, Cathy goes on the offensive, taking part in a subsequent radio phone-in to try and redress the balance. However, in her absence, a suicide attempt sends shock waves through the ward. Cathy is informed that her position is now under review and the clinic may even be subject to closure… Into Cathy’s world comes Jimmy, a young man with an extreme HIV phobia, a seemingly impossible case, hugely resistant to treatment. Cathy works diligently to challenge even his most basic fears. Touched by his story and warmed by his self-deprecating sense of humour, Cathy is determined to rid him of his OCD by the time the results of the pending government investigation come through. Step by gruelling step, Cathy forces Jimmy to confront his demons. A breakthrough seems imminent, but will they beat OCD before the verdict?
CLOUDCUCKOOLANDERS, 20th June, 18:15
Get set for a cosy night in and a killer night out all at once! This startling and hilarious show tears up the conventions of cinema with a cocktail of fiery mania, razor-wire wit and dangerously seductive smiles. You've never been to a movie night like this before... Part of the Offbeat festival.
Declining The Future, 21st June, 18:15
Set in 1816, 1936 and 2007, Declining The Future examines the psychology behind and the consequences of denial. These are three stories, separated by centuries, but connected by an inability or unwillingness to heed the warning of others and face up to what is coming. As the stakes grow more ominous and a looming sense of apocalypse grows ever closer, will reality break through or will they stay in denial? Part of the Offbeat festival.
Theatre Scratch Night, 21st June, 19:45
A night of work in progress from theatre makers, including discussion and networking opportunities. Come and see up to two new work-in-progress showings from local theatre makers, and give them your feedback in a facilitated conversation. This theatre scratch night is also a chance to network and develop conversations, with a section led by professional theatre makers’ network, Oxfordshire Theatre Makers. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Letters to Windsor House, 21st June, 21:00
A loophole in the law says you can open other people’s mail under certain circumstances. This is that certain circumstance… Part of the Offbeat festival.
Something Borrowed, 22nd June, 18:00
Part-comedy, part-biopic, part-wedding-planning, part-(complete)-life-crisis. After months of tirelessly Pinterest-pinning The Happiest Day of Her Life, Melissa realised that she may not actually want the wedding she’d been planning for twenty one years. Join Melissa as she grapples with outdated traditions, family expectations, the uneasy desire to be a princess and a mountain of wedding magazines. Well, about six. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Antigona and Me: A Rehearsed Reading, 22nd June, 19:00
A heart-stopping refugee story by the writer who turned it into an award winning memoir and the refugee who'd have preferred a mini-series. Zena Forster’s stage adaptation retains the wit, warmth and drama that made Clanchy’s original memoir both a popular and critical success. Spring 2001. Two extraordinary women meet on a London street. Kate Clanchy is a British Writer. Antigona is a Kosovan refugee. Antigona and Me is the story of their tumultuous friendship and the remarkable piece of work that grew out of it. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Shakespeare's Avengers Assembleth: Age of Oberon, 22nd June, 20:15
Shakespeare’s been kidnapped by a crazed fairy king in an enchanted forest. His greatest characters must band together, and with the fate of the Bard and his mystical infinity quill in the balance, can they put aside their differences and save their creator? Shakespeare's Avengers have assemblethed. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Wanna Dance With Somebody! Or, A Guide to Managing Social Anxiety Using Theoretical Physics, 22nd June, 22:00
Josh is good at dancing, but not at people. On the other hand he did once read ‘A Brief History of Time’ by Stephen Hawking, so he reckons he’ll probably be alright. Is the hokey cokey really what it’s all about? Really? A new show about social anxiety, about coping mechanisms – about big ideas and how they impact on small things. About taking chances. And about dancing. Part of the Offbeat festival.
3 Generations, 23rd June, 18:00
Grandmother Brigitta is a Prussian octogenarian. Her granddaughter Verity is a student in her twenties. And middle aged Anna is caught between the two. From Nazi Germany through Thatcher's Britain to New Labour's Champagne Socialism, the formative years of Oma, Mum and Granddaughter vary vastly, but whether you dread becoming or actively seek to emulate your mother, is it really ever your choice? Part of the Offbeat festival.
Rounds, 23rd June, 18:15
A powerful and urgent tale of the first line of defence for the NHS. Resuscitate present a collection of funny and tragic true stories from inside the surgical mask. Follow the paths of six junior doctors as they struggle to balance the pressures of ward work against their personal lives. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Foreign Body, 23rd June, 19:45
A beautifully crafted show about healing and forgiveness following sexual assault. Told from a unique and challenging perspective using a charged combination of verbatim and physical theatre, this is a brave, liberating, life-affirming story. Trigger warning: contains descriptions of sexual assault. Part of the Offbeat festival.
The Road to Huntsville, 23rd June, 20:15
“I’m trying to understand women who marry men on death row. I’m trying not to be judgemental.” The Road to Huntsville is an exploration into unconventional love, state homicide and challenging preconceptions. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Roseacre, 24th June, 20:15
After a body is discovered at a demonstration, a tangled web of deception is unearthed. Is anyone who they say they are? And how far will they go to keep their secrets? Roseacre follows the story of an undercover police officer caught in a world of lies, betrayal and murder. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Shaedates: or How I Learned to Love Myself, 24th June, 22:00
Shae has a boyfriend but she knows he's not the one. It's not until she notices someone else...someone different...someone who's always been there...that she's brave enough to make a change. A tender, surreal and wildly imaginative comedy about a woman who finds true love by dating herself. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Perfect, 25th June, 12:30
A cognitive behaviour therapist fights to save her job and clinic after a suicide attempt tarnishes her reputation. Salvation comes in the form of Jimmy, a young man with extreme contamination issues. Or does it? This compelling new drama challenges the myth that ‘we’re all a bit OCD’. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Melancholy, 25th June, 14:30
Spiral down the stairs to the world of the inventor. Consumed by grief, he undertakes work on his biggest creation yet, his lost wife… but at what cost? Puppetry, physical theatre and animation combine to tell the story of one man as he treads the fine line between genius and insanity. Part of the Offbeat festival.
The Conscious Uncoupling, 25th June, 20:45
Radio 4 and festival regular Rosie Wilby poignantly interweaves comedy, memoir, love letters, breakup emails and Richard Hawley music to investigate the aftermath of a separation. Part of the Offbeat festival.
The House at the Edge of the Universe, 26th June, 13:00
Join postmen Barry and Larry as they tell you, firsthand, the story of their epic journey across the Universe to deliver a mysterious package. Come and hear how they had a space picnic amid a sandstorm on Mars, ran round a comet 12 times and become stranded after their spaceship blew up. A story-telling performance with live music suitable for children 7+ and their families. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Nel, 26th June, 15:30
Meet Nel: a Foley artist. Don't know what that is? Not many do. She brings films to life through sound. But her real world isn't turning out so well. She needs help and maybe a change of shoes. Bursting with live sound effects, theatrical trickery and physical comedy, Nel's touching story explores identity, friendship and what it means to be an introvert. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Ark, 26th June, 18:15
Join the last survivors of the human race aboard the Ark as they flee a drowned earth and attempt to recreate civilization on a distant planet in this brand new musical. At times moving, at times absurd, Ark explores what it really means to be human, even across distant depths of time and space. Part of the Offbeat festival.
Ross and Rachel, 26th June, 18:15
Ross and Rachel tells the mind-bending, heart-breaking story of what happens when a couple that was always meant to be together, gets together. And stays together. Part of the Offbeat festival.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.