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.
Ada and the Engine, 19th to 23rd September
In a field where women were not expected to achieve, she excelled. In an era when women were expected to confirm, she trod her own path. Born in the shadow of her father, Lord Byron, she made her own mark. Lauren Gunderson’s play is full of vitality and humanity, breathing life into this important figure in modern science: Ada Lovelace. By turns comic, moving and exhilarating, it not only celebrates her intellectual contributions as a mathematician and ‘poetic scientist’, but explores the complex love life and family relationships she dealt with at a time when women were not ‘required’ to be assertive or intellectual.
Joan, 19th October
What happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, JOAN is a refreshing look at Joan of Arc – history’s greatest underdog. The latest daring fusion of lyrical new writing and anarchic cabaret from the multi-award winning Milk Presents and performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, Joan takes the stage as a gutsy gender warrior, dragging up as the men she’s defies. A fearless solo show, with uproarious songs, exploring what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.
Kindertransport, 25th to 28th October
As the clouds of war gather in 1930’s Germany a desperate mother bundles her nine-year-old daughter onto a train, sending her away from danger and into the arms of strangers. In peaceful suburban 1980’s England, a proud mother prepares to say farewell to her grown-up daughter as she cuts the ties of childhood to leave the family home. Then a chance discovery opens an unhealed wound. Diane Samuel’s award-winning play examines the life of a Kindertransport child, during World War II and afterwards, and the agony of separating a child from her mother in an act of sacrifice that also wreaks devastating results.
Hummingbird, 3rd November
Edith Cole worked a dead-end job in a funeral parlour. Ralph Conti worked wealthy widows for a quick buck. Neither expected to fall in love. But once they did, they just kept on falling. Inspired by the true story of the ‘Lonely Hearts Killers’, a pair of latter-day Macbeths who gripped the imagination of 1950s America, 'Hummingbird' is dark, compelling physical theatre.
People Of The Eye, 24th November
Inspired by real events, this personal story follows a family finding their way through the Deaf world. A story about parents, about sisters, and about the complex love that binds families together. Using projections, sound, live performance, and creative accessibility, this unique, poignant performance is about memories, feelings of isolation, and finding the joy in difference. This piece is accessible to D/deaf and hearing audiences through the use of British Sign Language, spoken English and creative captioning.
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.