BT Studio (Burton Taylor), Oxford
Beaumont Street, Oxford
Confessions of a Coconut, 20th to 23rd February
By Saraniya Tharmarajah. Meet Geeta, a Sri Lankan girl living in a British world. Geeta deals with being a daughter of immigrants, the effects of genocide and war, and puberty ceremonies all in the middle of London. Performed as a one woman show, Confessions of a Coconut is a research-based theatre piece seeking to explore issues of immigration and identity in a modern world.
A Leap Of, 20th to 23rd February
By Jamie Murphy. Eva believes that she can fly. Jo doesn’t think so. The two strike up an unexpected friendship on the roof of a block of flats. Jo’s depression and consequent failure to go to school or maintain important relationships (seen in her ex-girlfriend Vera) becomes clear. The echoes of her past in Eva’s story force Jo if not to confront, then at least to admit the ways in which loss and isolation have affected her.
Bandages, 26th February to 2nd March, 19:30
Before she was conceived, Isabelle's father attacked her mother, mutilating her face beyond recognition. Eighteen years later, Isabelle has mutilated her own face. In a series of sessions with her psychiatrist, they explore her troubled past and the events that forced her to make her violent decision. Bandages is a new, experimental Feminist play by Chloe Jacobs, with an all-female creative team - an exploration of the catch-22 nature of female beauty standards, where women are persecuted whether deemed attractive or unattractive.
Redacted Arachnid, 26th February to 2nd March, 21:30
By Caleb Barron & Joshua Fine. Following the death of his predecessor, an established theatre producer takes on the most expensive Broadway musical of all time. Despite his previous successes, this 'comic book rock opera circus' just won't come together. Scripting issues, cast injuries, a rotating roster of creatives, and the inflated egos of rock stars all stand in the way of 'Redacted Arachnid: Switch Off The Night' being a roaring success instead of a comic disaster. This is the play about the musical that went terribly wrong.
What Comes After, 5th to 9th March, 19:30
Exploring the all-too-familiar theme of finality and closure, this new song cycle by Math Roberts follows two actors and their contemplation on the many puzzling aspects of death. Full of wit, emotion, and punchy music, What Comes After is a sung-through narrative that really questions the value of time.
You Are Frogs, 5th to 9th March, 21:30
By Bora Kyung Min Lee and Colin Yeo. Two frogs, Mabel and Garry, are ridden with the monotony of living. Until Bill comes along: a metal puppet, full of life, and turns their world upside down... This absurdist dark comedy explores the struggle between optimism and nihilism set against the background of domestic bliss.
Our Carnal Hearts, 12th March, 19:30
With a raucous chorus of original music, award-winning theatre maker Rachel Mars and four belting female singers bring you a gleeful, dark show about the hidden workings of envy. Part symphony, part exorcism, Our Carnal Hearts is a thrilling and murky celebration of desire, competition and all the times we screw each other over.
Lucrezia the Sinner, Lucrezia the Saint, 13th to 14th March, 19:30
Lucrezia Borgia awaits entry to heaven following her demise. Both ruthless political schemer and victim of historical circumstance, there are juxtaposing accounts of her earthly existence. Is she a saint or a sinner? Dynamic, daring and visually stunning, Theatre Lab Company presents this humorous and eloquent show.
Bottom, 15th March, 19:30
The Edinburgh Fringe sell-out hit. Join Willy as he questions if a ‘bottom’ in the bedroom means a ‘bottom’ in life - and whether Beyoncé can help put his love on top. With a cracking soundtrack, Willy’s funny, honest and open-hearted storytelling yanks the lid off the queer experience.
An Indian Abroad, 20th March, 19:30
Stifled by life in middle-class India, Krishnan is desperate to see more of the world. So he takes a year out from his studies to visit the exotic island of Great Britain to find himself. Spinning the concept of white adventurers exploring ‘foreign’ lands on its head, this debut show from influential writer and performer Pariah Khan is witty, clever and refreshing.
Status, 21st to 22nd March, 19:30
We all have a nationality. Or almost all of us. Status is a show about someone who doesn't want his anymore. A globe-spanning journey of attempted escape, with songs along the way, Status springs from conversations about who we might be, and whether your country needs you more than you might need it.
The Goose That Flew, 23rd March, 11:00 and 14:00
Goose loves the summer, playing with his family and friends, but soon it is time for him to fly south for the winter. As his journey begins, things are not as they should be. Using charming storytelling, simple puppetry and an assortment of quirky characters, this is a heartfelt story about the importance of compassion, community and understanding. Age guideline 3-7.
Bull, 28th to 29th March, 20:00
A razor sharp, muscular, hour long attack on work place politics. Directed by Samson Hawkins, this multi award - winning play from the writer of Doctor Foster and King Charles III, delves into just how much morality some may choose to lose in their race to the top.
Everything Wrong With You is Beautiful, 11th April, 19:30
As her father descends into Alzheimer’s, Tina tries to uncover the facts behind a family story that never rang true. But as she digs into the past, she discovers truth is not always easy to define. A bittersweet, middle-aged rite of passage that melds memoir, comedy and poetry into a poignant story of healing and reconciliation.
Muckers, 17th to 20th April, 11:00 and 14:00
Paloma has always mucked about with Pijon. They love it. They run wild. They dress up. Like tigers, flamenco dancers, queens, kings, rabbits and Lady Gaga. Everything. Life is fun and funny and a little bit loopy. Until all of a sudden, Paloma comes face to face with a blinding light named Big Luce. Paloma doesn’t understand what she’s done wrong but Big Luce just won’t leave her be. Paloma and Pijon are catapulted into a strange new world where they begin their surreal adventure, determined to find out what Big Luce is all about. Muckers is a funny, magical, physical production for ages 5+. Performed in both English and Spanish, with original songs, this mischievous show asks what it takes to stand proud and be true to ourselves, and how we empower the next generation to do the same.
Brawn, 24th April, 19:30
Ryan lives in a world consumed by image and obsession, where selfworth is measured in muscle mass and self-improvement becomes self-destruction. Written and performed by Christopher Wollaton, Brawn is a raw, emotional play exploring a young man’s isolating battle with body image, male identity and the cost of perfection.
A Noisy Holiday, 27th April, 11:00 and 14:00
The Noisy Animals are looking forward to their dream holidays and have some brilliant ideas about where in the world they want to go. Kid Carpet just wants them all to be together, but will he be able to keep everyone happy when he can’t even get them in the car? This is a ridiculously funny show about going on your holidays, with silliness and mischief for the whole family. Expect flying tents, diving bears, massive carrots and Ibiza anthems! Age guideline 3+.
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