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.
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.
Wonderland High, 27th to 28th April
The first day in a new school can be difficult but for Arthur Bloom, it may prove impossible. Newly relocated from Kansas City, Arthur discovers that Wonderland High is not your ordinary high school. Thrown into a school where croquet is bigger than football, the school store sells much more than paper and pens, and lockers hold a lot more than books, Arthur finds that being “cool” is the only rule… and even eating lunch in the cafetorium is an ordeal. As he makes new friends (and a couple of enemies), Arthur learns to stand up for himself and helps others learn the importance of self-reliance and commitment to ones’ principles and passions. An Abdabs Youth Theatre production.
Half The World Away, 1st May, 19:30
What if your imaginary friend never left? It’s 1997. While the rest of the village is in a frenzy and the country is gripped by New Labour/ Diana/ Teletubbies fever, our unlikely hero is spending her summer trapped behind the counter in Keith’s Country Stores. As she retreats in to her imagination, creativity and the absurd collide in a tiny corner of a pre-mobile-phone-world. If you’ve ever felt stuck, had a very best friend or lived in the middle of nowhere, this one is for you.
Julius Caesar, 3rd to 5th May
General Julius Caesar has returned from war with a disturbing new determination to rule – alone. Popular, charming and ruthless, Caesar has the love of the people and seems bent on destroying democracy itself. Brutus and Cassius decide to act. But what happens after you’ve murdered the most powerful person in the world? Nova Theatre transplant the action from the Roman streets to an all-female military unit in this exhilarating, gender-reversed production.
The Immigrant, 12th May, 19:30
A hilarious and heartwarming slapstick comedy inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s original film. This delightful show tells the story of people starting a new life in the West today. Based on hundreds of accounts of what it is like to come to live in an unfamiliar culture, the show is about the universal experience of trying to fit in when you stand out. Exactly one hundred years after the release of Chaplin’s film, the US passed the most controversial immigration policy in recent history. The experience of people going to live in America today is in stark contrast to Chaplin’s optimistic portrayal of hope and expectation. Chris Michael has captured the spirit of the original film and reworked the content to tell a story of modern times.
Love, Bombs & Apples, 15th May, 19:30
Funny and poignant, powerful political theatre from award-winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak. This one-man play expertly highlights the problems in today’s global and multicultural landscape, using comedy to bravely tackle problems facing the Arab and Muslim communities across the world. Set against the backdrop of worldwide political instability with the looming threat of civil unrest, we look into the worlds of four different men with four individual struggles, a Palestinian actor, a Pakistani writer, a young man in Bradford and a New York boxer.
The Damned United, 24th to 25th May, 19:30
1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds. Adapted from David Peace’s brilliant and ingenious novel, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.
Castaways, 1st to 2nd June
Three teenagers – born on the same day, in the same town but with very different backgrounds. Inseparable since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, they’re a close-knit trio, both at school and at home. Sam, Asha and Kieran watch out for each other, until one day a shocking event blows their teenage world apart – and their friendship with it. Castaways explores the nature of friendship, trauma and tribal loyalties in a neighbourhood where the blue touchpaper is waiting to be lit…
Bad Girls, 14th to 16th June, 19:30
This fresh and often funny musical brings to life the vivid and varied characters ‘living’ and working in the fictional Larkhall Prison. The back stories of the characters and fantastic musical numbers take the audience on a journey through the trials and tribulations of being inside a women’s prison. Based on the cult television drama series of Bad Girls, it’s the story of new idealistic Wing Governor Helen Stewart and her battles with the entrenched old guard of Officer Jim Fenner and his sidekick Sylvia Hollamby. It also follows the love story that develops between Helen and charismatic inmate Nikki Wade. Other featured characters include Shell Dockley and her runner Denny Blood, old-timer Noreen Biggs, The two Julies and the ultimate Top Dog, King-of-Gangland’s missus, Yvonne Atkins. A tragic death on the wing – in which Jim Fenner is implicated – leads to an angry protest from the women and forces Helen and Nikki to their opposite sides of the bars. But when it’s clear that Helen stands to lose her job over Jim Fenner’s misdeeds, the race is on for the women to nail Jim once and for all. An Abdabs Youth Theatre production.
No Man’s An Island, 29th August to 1st September, 19:30
Two men, both eminent and respected in their time: one, the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Gene Tunney; the other the prolific and famously controversial playwright, George Bernard Shaw. These two unlikely friends were devoted to each other, and relished their differences their opinions, and their interest and curiosity of their times. Ironically, perhaps, the boxer was more modest than the playwright – though both were bold observers of humanity and its problems and hopes. No Man’s An Island tells the story of this remarkable friendship, and a holiday on the island of Brioni in which events take a tragic turn…
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