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 Psychic Project, 26th to 27th January, 19:30
A mind-reading show based on the true story of the Cold War’s psychic spies. In 1972, the Cold War took an unusual turn. The CIA learnt that Russia was investing in mind-control research and achieving some remarkable results. Not wanting to be left behind, US scientists began a secret project to train civilians as psychic spies: stealing secrets, manipulating memories and finding out if thoughts can kill. Drawing on 100,000 pages of declassified documents, David Narayan attempts the CIA’s experiments, seeing if a modern audience can use the same techniques. A show that’s as disturbing as it is astonishing.
Manwatching, 10th February, 19:30
Written by an anonymous woman. Performed by an unprepared man. “So I think it’s fair to say that most women almost definitely do masturbate. We just wait to discuss it until we’re in an oddly anonymous but public situation like this one.” A funny and frank insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a man. Manwatching begins with a male comedian being given a script they have never seen before. They read the script out loud, sight unseen, in front of an audience. This is a show about what one woman thinks about when she thinks about sex with men.
Above the Mealy-Mouthed Sea, 15th February, 19:30
A woman stands in front of a microphone. She can’t remember the punchline. Fusing poetry and song, award-winning Unholy Mess return with a funny, strange and poignant play about growing up and inescapable truths. Performance poet Jemima Foxtrot takes you on a powerful journey exploring memory, childhood and what happens when we can’t quite get to the punchline.
We Are the Lions, Mr Manager!, 3rd to 4th April, 19:30
The remarkable story of Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike. She brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, telling them: “What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr Manager!” She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations.
Doubt: A Parable, 28th November to 2nd December
St Nicholas Catholic School, New York, 1964. Head nun and Principal, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, welcomes Donald Muller, the first black child ever to attend the school. But when Father Flynn seems to be having an intimate relationship with the boy, her faith is tested to its limits. Doubt: A Parable is a suspense-filled exploration of intolerance, faith, and the abuse of authority, and asks you: do you really know what you think you know? An Oxford Theatre Guild production.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.