BT Studio (Burton Taylor), Oxford
Beaumont Street, Oxford
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+.
Love/Sick, 7th to 11th May, 19:30
For the romantic, the cynic and the sick of heart Love/Sick is a play about the kind of love you won’t find in fairy-tales. Dark, funny and heart-breaking in equal measure, happy endings are far from guaranteed. John Cariani’s nine short plays sharply cut across the full spectrum of romantic relationships, from young love to old flames. There’s no sterile, airbrushed prince and princess here – Love/Sick is about flawed, messy people with problems they can’t always solve, but who will fight like hell to make it work anyway.
Q&A, 7th to 11th May, 21:30
When an experimental physical theatre company decide to butcher The Catcher in the Rye on stage, many questions are left unanswered… In the following live audience Q&A, the company hope to shed some light on their unique method. Instead, the room is catapulted into farcical chaos as a stern Guardian critic exposes the public disgrace that brought down lead-actor and Emmerdale-star, Sebastian Lawson. Things soon turn sinister as Sylvia, an elderly obsessive fan, reveals her menacing designs on Sebastian, forcing the room to put aside their previous differences… Come and experience Q&A for a new, exciting piece of immersive comedy!
The Ruling Class, 14th to 18th May, 19:30
A 1960s manor living room is flooded with light. Surrounded by Victorian values, the audience is suddenly greeted by a magnanimous hippy – floating and grazing around the upper-classes living beyond the age in which they belong. He’s likeable, witty, and carefree. He also thinks he’s the Lord God reincarnate. The Ruling Class is a dark, witty, and satirical comedy that probes the hypocrisies of the ‘upper echelons’ of British society. It’s a comedy about class, nationalism, and capitalism. Hallelujah!
Four Men in their Respective Cells, 14th to 18th May, 21:30
We think we know ourselves and our world. This play challenges that belief. It follows four characters imprisoned, physically and mentally, by their own madness. From serial killers to madmen to victims of gang stalking, each one has a story to tell. But can they be trusted? A gripping new psychological drama, Four Men in their Respective Cells interrogates a disturbing question: if pushed, how far could we go? It asks what we really know about ourselves, our limits and our reality. For adventurous audiences - be ready to have your world challenged.
Allotment, 21st to 25th May, 19:30
Straight from an award winning reception at the Edinburgh Fringe, is Jules Horne’s Allotment: a coming-of-age story that follows two closely bound sisters as they battle over flying teddies, stubborn weeds and the eternal question – flowers or vegetables? With an absurdist touch Horne relights a childlike wonder at love, death and nature. Be prepared to smile, laugh and maybe try some berries...
The Wings of the Seagull, 21st to 25th May, 21:30
The Seagull is Anton Chekhov’s most famous play. It is renowned for its large network of characters, vast landscapes, and intricate plot in four acts. Following the success of Little Eyolf last year, mealspiel are proud to present a radical reimagining of Chekhov’s most famous story.
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, 28th May to 1st June, 19:30
By Sam Steiner. A world in which every word must be chosen carefully. A world in which every word is counted. Where every word matters more than ever before. This is Oliver and Bernadette’s world — a world not unlike ours. The government has passed a Quietude Bill, limiting each person to 140 words a day. The young couple now struggle to express themselves in a society that no longer permits free speech.
The Reunion, 28th May to 1st June, 21:30
Enter the recently-deceased criminal extraordinaire Sebastian Coxcomb, wheeled in and smelling like feet. The problems? Cloak has lost the paperwork, numerous suitors are turning up with conflicting stories, and Coxcomb’s head is in a bin. Over the course of 60 minutes, the two have to decipher whose story is true, walking the thin line between intrusive and interrogative, all the while making sure to keep their own heads out of bins.
Ordinary Days, 4th to 8th June, 19:30
Ordinary Days is a poignant and lyrically witty musical that deals with tragedy and human character in an arrestingly poetic and distinctly comedic way. The music by Adam Gwon - originally produced off Broadway - has a fresh and contemporary tone in its fusion of Jazz and Bernstein-esque melody. This musical-comedy has not been professionally performed in England before and the mysterious and funny way these four stories are interwoven, communicated through outstanding music, is something everyone will enjoy and be moved by.
The First Last, 4th to 8th June, 21:30
Jimmy and Carrie have a dilemma. Carrie is recently graduated, already disillusioned by life and pregnant. Jimmy's a biology student, exclusively gay, and the father. The pair find themselves embroiled in a terrifying new world of penguin documentaries, parenthood and performance anxiety in a witty and relevant new comedy on modern sexualities.
The Witch of Edmonton, 11th to 15th June, 19:30
Ostracised, beaten, and accused of witchcraft by her local community, Elizabeth Sawyer finally gives in and embraces the role that has been given to her. With the help of her demonic talking dog, Tom, she sets about getting revenge. But who is really telling her story?
Hustlers, 11th to 15th June, 21:30
Hustlers is a visceral and provocative portrayal of the lives of four kids making their living in a world not that far from our own: the streets. Their stories constantly intertwining and clashing, through these four lives there is an intense examination of the mental and physical consequences of their work set against the backdrop of the 80s drug and AIDS crisis. Each of the characters and their stories are based off of actual survivors. These kids, aged from sixteen to twenty one, invite the audience to explore a piece of history often neglected and underrepresented in modern culture.
Runway, 17th June, 19:00
Skid and Bean sit in the park, smoking fags and playing Buzzfeed quizzes. Nyla, a Muslim and Mancunian, is moving in, and she couldn’t feel more out of place. Set in an Oxfordshire village, Runway explores the space between teenager and adult as they wrestle with friendship, loyalty and growing up. Runway is a bittersweet look into our need to move on and out of where we call home.
Give Me One Moment In Time, 18th June, 19:00
Songs, comedy, and the heartache of trying to understand a friend’s suicide. This one-man play is happy, sad, and often silly. A life-affirming love letter to shared moments in a theatre. Writer, actor and comedian Doug Crossley was a 2018 Writer on Attachment at Oxford Playhouse and has being shortlisted for several playwriting awards, most recently the Mercury Weinberger Playwriting Prize.
Run Stanley Run, 20th to 22nd June, 20:00
Morecambe, a northern seaside town, is struggling to survive just like its inhabitants. Mandy’s avoiding her Uncle Rick’s dodgy dance moves. Sarah’s watching a festival she’s never been to on the telly. Albert’s spending the little time he has left down the pub. And Stanley’s run away from school. But will anybody notice? Does anybody care? Run Stanley Run is a new poetic play written and performed by Rowan Padmore, about bereavement, loss and loneliness.
Rhiannon Unbridled, 25th June, 19:00
A one-woman storytelling show with original music. Rhiannon Unbridled takes the story of the Celtic Goddess Rhiannon out of its well-preserved Welsh Medieval manuscript in the Bodleian Library, and wrestles with it. Jackie’s stories of her girlhood fascination with horses, and developing relationships with the opposite sex are interlocked with chapters of Rhiannon’s life, until the narratives collide in a need to rescue both modern woman and ancient goddess from the forces that bridle them.
British Vogue, 27th to 29th June, 20:00
Life is f**king terrifying. Have you decided what it is that you want to do with your life yet? Only one question is worse than this. Where are you really from? With an ominous birthday looming, Ashanti decides it’s time to subvert the quarter life crisis by trying to figure out answers to both those questions. Just after this drink. And Netflix binge. Tomorrow, for sure...
Mantra, 29th June, 17:30
Mantra is a show like no other with a performer like no other. Three times Team UK Beatbox Champion Marv Radio entices you in an immersive storytelling adventure that will take you to other worlds. Weaving together his own stories based on his journey through life, hip hop and spirituality, Marv Radio’s Mantra combines the mediums of rapping, beatboxing, storytelling, movement and improvisation skills.
The Three Little Pigs, 13th July, 11:00 and 14:00
A brand new version of the classic story of the three little pigs set in Paris. A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs' tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit the wolf and what kind of house will they build? A funny, warm-hearted and interactive rustic tale to make you squeal with laughter - bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in.
Inside, 20th July, daytimes
“What was is it like in mummy’s tummy?” Join us on an immersive journey from conception to birth and share a very special experience with your little one. Set in a campsite and inspired by life inside the womb, Inside features multi-sensory activities and shadow theatre.
For more details
see the Burton Taylor web site: www.oxfordplayhouse.com.