BT Studio (Burton Taylor), Oxford
Beaumont Street, Oxford
How To Hide A Lion, 22nd to 23rd September, daytimes
When a lion is chased out of town, a young girl helps him find somewhere to hide. It’s not easy – lions are too big, too fluffy and too heavy! Join Iris on a mission to squeeze and squash her furry new friend into a variety of sneaky spots, as Helen Stephens’ magical book comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppetry and original songs. Age guideline 3-6.
Bullish, 25th September, 19:30
Meet Asterion, better known as the bloodthirsty Minotaur of Ancient Crete. Follow them through one cabaret odyssey, one strapping search for the man they might want to be. Bullish is a mythical play with songs, negotiating ancient and new territories in trans-masculine gender and identity. A story about packing, passing, and gambling your way out of the labyrinth.
Plink and Boo, 29th September, daytimes
Welcome to the topsy turvy world of Plink and Boo. Using acrobatics, live music and mountains of toys, join us in an interactive circus theatre adventure to explore what happens when people don’t fit into boxes (even if it is the neatest place to put them). Age guideline 2-5.
Perfectly Imperfect Women, 1st October, 19:30
What is perfection and what’s so bad about imperfection? This universal story examines the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, and what it means to accept imperfection in order to connect more deeply with your female line. Award-winning storyteller Danyah Miller discovers she has more in common with her female ancestors than she cares to admit.
Salt, 4th to 5th October, 19:30
A journey to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. In 2016, two artists retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle - from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. It was a long journey backwards, in order to go forwards. This show is what they brought back.
Nice Guy, 23rd to 27th October, 19:30
What do men mean when they describe themselves as ‘nice guys’? Written by Oxford students, Nice Guy tells a story of love and abuse. Told through a series of musical letters, this show explores the gulf between the happy picture of events we present to the world, and the grim reality behind it. The production has been shaped by conversations with Clean Slate, an Oxfordshire charity specialising in providing therapy to victims of domestic abuse.
Citizenship, 30th October to 3rd November, 19:30
Tom is bisexual – maybe. Or then again, maybe he isn’t. To be honest, he hasn’t got much experience to help him figure it all out. But with some questionable advice from his friends, that’s about to change.
Election, 30th October to 3rd November, 21:30
The date is 8 November 2016. Five friends gather in a room in Oxford to watch the results of the 2016 US Presidential Election. Kit is angry about injustice. Rori is idealistic and horrified. Shaun has a sharp sense of humour and is tired of being silenced. Arthur doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. And Sam, who has more of a stake in the outcome than any of them, just wants to watch. Friendships slowly unravel over the course of the night, as loyalties are strained and theoretical beliefs begin to affect real life.
Mojo, 13th to 17th November, 19:30
A slick and brutal black comedy from Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem). In the criminal underworld of 1950’s London, violent gang warfare erupts in the rock’n’roll club scene as rivals compete – and kill – for control of the lucrative new teen sensation ‘Silver Johnny’.
Salome, 13th to 17th November, 21:30
It’s a simple thing that Princess Salomé wants – a kiss from the mouth of John the Baptist. There are no lengths she won’t go to in order to get what she wants. And now, if she can bend her lecherous stepfather King Herod to her will, she has her opportunity – but at what terrible cost? Literary legend Oscar Wilde turns this biblical tale to a fierce drama of lust, seduction and revenge. At its heart is the enigma of the princess. Is she oppressor or the oppressed? Victim or master? Has her mind been twisted by love or by bitterness?
Little Eyolf, 20th to 24th November, 19:30
A radical reimagining of Little Eyolf by Henrik Ibsen. A boy has gone missing and we have ninety minutes to find him. The Allmer family have moved to the present day. Their son has disappeared. They are working out how to tell their story. Part stand-up comedy, part drama, Little Eyolf asks questions about facts, feelings, and where they intertwine.
The Admirable Crichton, 27th November to 1st December, 19:30
A wealthy, philanthropic man has his progressive views confronted when he and his children are stranded on a desert island with his most trusted employee, Crichton. The tables are turned as the natural law of society is left behind and relationships are challenged by desperation. This classic satire from J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, is cutting and distressingly relevant in Owlets’ modernised production. Barrie’s wit and social awareness come together in a hilarious and unique look at class in Britain.
Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas, 6th December to 5th January, daytimes
Alby isn’t just any penguin. Alby is a very special penguin. Alby is a snow-white penguin… Cast off by his fellow penguins, Alby finds himself all alone at the South Pole. When he stumbles across Santa’s list of presents left behind in the snow, Alby realises that Christmas isn’t going to happen unless the list is reunited with its owner. But it’s going to take one very brave penguin to save the day… Alby the Pengiun Saves Christmas is an enchanting story full of music, puppetry and one very special penguin. The perfect festive treat for children aged 3 to 6 and their families.
For more details
see the Burton Taylor web site: www.oxfordplayhouse.com.