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.
Tamburlaine, 13th to 15th April, 19:30
A startling new adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s controversial and compelling masterpiece. The story of a lowly shepherd who rises to power and conquers half the known world through sheer brutality and self-belief. Presented by an East Asian cast in a startling new adaptation that calls into question the very nature of power, masculinity and violence. What makes a king? What makes a father? What makes a man? In an age when Trump can become leader of the western world, conflict rages across the Middle East, Europe is increasingly divided and a new power from the East asserts its growing dominance, Marlowe’s classic takes on a new urgency and relevance for our time.
Human Story Theatre Scenes From…, 25th April, 19:30
Human Story Theatre focuses on new writing with a health and social care issue at heart. This is a chance to hear extracts from two new plays by local playwrights, Zena Forster (The Last Dog) and Nick O’Dwyer (Roof). Brought alive by professional actors in an intimate setting. 1 hr of drama plus 1 hr of discussion with the writers & actors. The Last Dog: A feminist comedy about prostate cancer. Who says women don't have a sense of humour? Roof: A young man teeters on the edge of a city roof. His next step will trigger revelation and trauma far beyond his own lonely choice. Tickets are free.
How We Think We Think, 29th April, 14:30 and 19:30
When Tom witnesses the suicide of a stranger he has had a chance encounter with on the London Underground, he makes it his mission to understand why the events unfolded as they did. He tears apart his own world view while trying to piece together the life and mind of a man he will never know.
Great Train Robbery, 6th May, 19:30
In the early hours of Thursday 8th August 1963, the heist of the century was under way. Signals are scrambled, phone lines cut and millions of pounds in cash – stolen. Five days later the first clues are found, the gang is busted and the rest is history. Or was it? In their latest theatrical offering, Scratchworks take on this classic tale - with a twist. What if the gang members who got away were actually women? Great Train Robbery follows these four forgotten females as they leave behind their kitchen-sink lives and embark on a madcap adventure of mischief and mayhem. Using a raucous combination of physical theatre, live music and clowning, Scratchworks will unfold this untold tale about history’s forgotten women.
They Built It. No One Came., 9th May, 19:30
‘Neither of us were very charismatic...that was a problem.’ Eight years ago Tobias and Alexander came together to form a spiritualist commune based on their shared vision of a peaceful and harmonious community...they are still awaiting their first member.
Show Me the Money, 23rd May, 19:30
After six years of austerity, is it even possible to be an artist and make enough money for luxuries like bread? Show Me The Money is a multimedia performance which lifts the lid on what artists do to make ends meet. It playfully mixes pop culture references, live art interjections and audience interaction, with interview footage with artists of different career stages and ages. This show raises questions about the value of art and explores financial precariousness, how the money we do and don’t make relates to how we can and can’t plan for the future. By looking at how the dreams we have when we are younger can change and be affected by challenges in making a living, it has a resonance beyond the artist community as well.
Spring Reign, 25th May, 19:30
Syria has descended into chaos and Aleppo is besieged. Salah and Aisha have lost control of their lives and are plunging headlong into an uncertain future. The Syria they hoped to change is gone, in its place violence and destruction - the arbitrary brutality of war. With the unexpected arrival of two Westerners, who have stayed too long in Syria and must now be given refuge, the fragile existence of the Syrian couple comes under even greater threat. How will they survive as they fall further away from hope, from what they know, and from what they used to be?
Bound, 2nd to 3rd June
Inspired by true accounts of human trafficking, of dreams, broken promises, resilience and above all hope, BOUND tells of three people's journeys into the unknown.
Trainspotting, 13th to 17th June
This punchy production recaptures the passion and the controversy of the famous novel, then globally successful film, and repackages it into an immersive production – the audience are literally part of the show, including the notorious “Worst Toilet in Scotland” scene. Trainspotting is the story of Mark Renton and his friends, living through the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 80s. For this 21st anniversary production, In Your Face Theatre’s Scottish cast have created a snappy and vibrant affirmation of the power and humour of the piece. This no-holds-barred immersive, in-yer-face theatre production left Irvine Welsh feeling “blown away” – for avid fans this is a must, and if you’ve never read the book or seen the film: this is your ticket to a ride you won’t soon forget. Choose life.
The Fourth Dog, 1st to 8th July
Weddings bring the whole family together, and that’s when the problems start... It’s The Big Day and the Burney clan have assembled – including skeletons from the cupboard. The bride is pregnant, the groom is unsure, the mother is stressed, and the aunt is in disgrace. The grandparents haven’t stopped bickering for sixty years and don’t see why today should be any exception. And the icing on the cake? A couple of dead ancestors have turned up! What does it mean to be part of a family? How does our heredity influence the way we love and hate, live and die? The Fourth Dog is a comedy about breast cancer, marital breakdown, family baggage and grieving – and what could be funnier than that?
As You Like It, 21st to 22nd July, 19:30
Dressed as a man, the exiled Rosalind is ready to begin a new life after escaping her foes in the dead of night. But, when she runs into the love-sick Orlando and joins forces with the colourful inhabitants of the Forest of Arden, who knows? Rosalind’s plans may lead to more than just her own happy ending… Shakespeare is always made understandable and enjoyable with MadCap’s fun, fast-paced and entertaining staging that combines comedy, music and physicality with the original script.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.