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.
Hay Fever, 16th to 20th December, 19:30 and 14:30 on Saturday
Oxford Theatre Guild brings Summer to Oxford with a classic Coward romp set in the English countryside. Each member of the bohemian Bliss family has invited a guest for the weekend to their country retreat without the rest of the family’s knowledge. As might be expected chaos ensues thanks to their rude and somewhat shocking behaviour over the weekend including couple swapping, mistaken engagements, parlour games and hiccups! Written and set in 1925, this production incorporates much of the glamour from the period mixed with the quick wit and high jinks one can always expect from Noel Coward. With music and costumes direct from the roaring 20s, Oxford Theatre Guild invites you to step back in time and immerse youself in the chaotic and highly amusing world of this Noel Coward classic.
Mr Sole Abode, 13th February, 19:30
Mr Sole Abode is a world-renowned architect, a master chef and an outlandish inventor, who lives in a fridge under a bridge. Unable to function under the strains of contemporary urban living, Sole leaves behind the everyday world to create his own unique reality. Infused with explosive physicality and touching humour, Mr Sole Abode is a poetic tale which explores sanity and madness, inviting you to see the world through the eyes of a homeless man. Inspired by Ben Okris award-winning novel; The Famished Road and David Bohm’s writings on the nature of reality, Leo Kay created the show in 2006 with renowned Hip Hop Theatre Maker Benji Reid. In this unique redevelopment, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Marcus Clark joins Leo on stage to create a magical soundscape, new writing reflects current concerns surrounding homelessness and growing financial inequality and Faulty Optic’s ingenious set design remains centre stage.
All Roads Lead to Rome, 20th March, 19:30
When Chris Dobrowolski was conceived his father bought a Triumph Herald Estate, a quintessentially British car that itself was conceived in Turin, Italy. 45 years later, Chris lovingly repaired the car and drove it from his childhood home in Braintree, Essex, to Turin via Rome, Monte Casino and Bologna where his Polish father fought in WWII. Part story about his father’s time as a Polish soldier and part muse on our growing materialistic culture, All Roads Lead to Rome is a touching solo show of power-points and kinetic sculptures that brings together communism, consumerism and classic car mechanics.
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.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.