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.
Verity, 27th to 28th September, 19:30
Poor Verity. Her groom ditched her. Her relatives are hassling her. Her boss might sack her. Her mother despairs of her… and it’s still only Monday. The latest musical from Nia Williams is a bitesized chunk of the ordinary dilemmas of life: office redundancies, day-to-day routines and fantasies, a little stalking of the ex, the peculiarities of social media and the perils of matchmaking relatives. As Verity tries to come to terms with a disastrous wedding day and to reinvent herself and her career, she introduces us to her bitter mother and her busybody aunt and cousins, her bothered boss and her bewildered colleagues. She also makes an unlikely friendship, joins Facebook and drinks a lot of alarmingly named cocktails. This is a musical without barricades, helicopters or even happy-ever-afters, but it does offer plenty of brand new songs and some weird and wonderful characters as it opens a window on one woman’s life and daydreams.
Keep the Home Fires Burning, 3rd to 4th October, 19:30
The history books are full of the brave exploits of the nearly six million British soldiers who served in World War II. But what of the women they left behind? These wives, mothers, sisters and daughters are so often omitted from the annuls of war, but their contribution to the war effort, taking on the jobs the men had to leave, in factories, on the land, driving fire engines and ambulances and keeping the country on its feet, must never be forgotten. Apollo Theatre Company present this brand new show which uses real accounts of women who lived through the war, punctuated beautifully with some of the most enduring music and songs from the period.
The Man Who Woke Up Dead, 18th October, 19:30
A taut thriller, influenced by 1950s film noir, and the dystopian worlds of George Orwell. The Man Who Woke Up Dead is a dark, claustrophobic nightmare, akin to the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock, exploring the divide between fact and fiction. When everything you believe is shown to be false, holding on to any kind of truth becomes a deadly game.
Call Mr Robeson, 30th October, 20:00
Written and Performed by Tayo Aluko, Paul Robeson is a great and famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When over the years he gets progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career. The play is a roller coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life, and highlights how his radical activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by the leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.
Sikes and Nancy, 15th November, 20:00
Charles Dickens adapted Sikes and Nancy from the grislier material in Oliver Twist. It became the most notorious of his legendary Public Readings; a masterpiece of high Gothic melodrama. Audiences were shocked into silence. Women would scream and faint. ‘I shall tear myself to pieces,’ Dickens vowed before one performance. He surely did – it is now thought that the strain of ‘The Murder’ hastened Dickens’s early death.
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.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.