Creation Theatre Company
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Peter Pan, 1st December to 5th January at the North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
This year’s Christmas show will be none other than J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan. We’ll be transforming The North Wall Arts Centre into Neverland this winter, mermaid lagoons and pirate ships included. This brand-new adaptation will be Pan like you’ve never seen him before.
For more details
see Creation's web site at www.creationtheatre.co.uk.
Review of The Pit and the Pendulum
17th October to 2nd November 2018
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Immersed by Poe
Creation's site-specific production is a play for today
Creation Theatre: The Pit and the Pendulum, at the Bodleian Library's Convocation House, from October 17 to Friday, November 2
Creation Theatre's latest site-specific immersive production, Christopher York's adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum, takes place in Oxford's historic Convocation House. Once used as Parliament during the Civil War when Oxford was briefly the capital, the traverse-style seating, as found in the House of Commons, offers a perfect space for this unsettling story of political imprisonment. A large screen for Eva Auster's video projections hides the old Speaker's chair.
In a room full of political ghosts, the story enters the troubled mind of an Iranian prisoner of conscience Sharazad (Afsaneh Dehrouyeh). We hear lines, sound effects and Matt Eaton's scratchy score through headphones, devices also used for Creation's Brave New World in the summer. Often in darkness, we feel we have joined her in her cell. Sharazad is a devotee of Poe, whose words from The Pit and the Pendulum (and snippets of The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven) are spoken by Nicholas Osmond. She is in dialogue with Poe and finds comfort, as well as defiance, in his world.
Sharazad is either becoming increasingly paranoid or the regime really is out to get her. She suspects her food is poisoned. In one wince-inducing scene, Dehrouyeh mimes being surrounded by hordes of red-eyed rats. The audience sees tiny red lights under the lattice grilles in the wooden floor. Sharazad adapts lessons from myths and tales (Theseus in the Minotaur's maze, Hansel and Gretel in the woods) to unwind a long white cloth to follow back to her bed. There's an intricately designed circular Middle-Eastern font that doubles as the pit at one end of her cell, a constant reminder that she can end it all herself.
Dehrouyeh, a star in the making, brings to life Sharazad's alluring, feisty nature. Imprisoned for standing up for women's rights, hinted at in images on screen from independent Iranian films like Persepolis and Offside, and manifested when she removes her headscarf to show her long, dark hair, Sharazad represents political prisoners held in Iranian jails, like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
A riposte to repression, this Poe dramatisation is a play for today.
The Pit and the Pendulum, 17th October to 2nd November 2018 at the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Brave New World, 1st July to 11th August 2018
Swallows and Amazons, 9th July to 11th August 2018. See the review in the archive.
Dracula, 3rd March to 14th April 2018. See the review in the archive.
A Christmas Carol, 2nd December 2017 to 6th January 2018. See the review in the archive.
The Wind in the Willows, 2nd to 30th December 2017
Alice, 15th July to 19th August 2017. See the review in the archive.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5th July to 5th August 2017
1984, 5th February to 5th March 2017
Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 3rd December 2016 to 7th January 2017. See the review in the archive.
Hamlet, 13th July to 13th August 2016. See the review in the archive.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 23rd June to 30th July 2016. See the review in the archive.
King Lear, 12th February to 24th March 2016. See the review in the archive.
Treasure Island, 4th December 2015 to 9th January 2016. There are reviews from the Oxford Times ("tremendous fun with a wicked edge, this scurvy morality tale will leave you reeling – and grinning long after the sea shanties have faded away" 5/5), Daily Info ("another memorable Christmas show... a well put together piece with lots of energy and enthusiasm").
Alice, 18th August to 13th September 2015. See the review in the archive.
As You Like It, 28th July to 12th September 2015. See the review in the archive.
The Wind in the Willows, 5th December 2014 to 10th January 2015. See the review in the archive.
Macbeth, 1st August to 13th September 2014. See the review in the archive.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 6th December 2013 to 4th January 2014. See the review in the archive.
Henry V, 17th August to 14th September 2013. See the review in the archive.
Jekyll & Hyde, 8th June to 6th July 2013. See the review in the archive.
Aladdin and the Magical Lamp, 6th December 2012 to 5th January 2013. See the review in the archive.
The Merchant of Venice, 7th July to 1st September 2012
Richard II, 7th May 2012
The Odyssey, 29th March to 28th April 2012
Hamlet, 5th to 24th March 2012
A Christmas Carol, 8th December 2011 to 7th January 2012. There are reviews in the Oxford Times ("backing up all this ensemble acting is some very strong staging... fine show") and Daily Info ("a flawless performance... one of the most enjoyable shows of this year; don’t miss out on a night full of merriment and Christmas cheer! ").
Antony and Cleopatra, 8th July to 3rd September 2011. See the review in the archive.
King James Bible, 14th May to 11th June 2011 at St Barnabas Church
Dr Faustus, 4th February to 2nd April 2011 at Blackwell's Bookshop
Rapunzel, 26th November 2010 to 15th January 2011. See the review in the archive.
Romeo and Juliet, 19th July to 31st August 2010, at Said Business School Amphitheatre, Oxford
Beauty and the Beast, 27th November 2009 to 16th January 2010. See the review in the archive.
Twelfth Night (July 2009)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4th July to 13th September 2008
Othello (April 2009)
Hans Christian Andersen's Magical Tales (December 2008)
Animal Farm, 21st July to 30th August 2008
The Taming of the Shrew, 16th July to 25th August 2007
Hamlet, 1st June to 28th July 2007
Macbeth, 2nd June to 9th September 2006 at Headington Hill Park
Saints and Sinners (June 2008)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2008)
Measure for Measure (March 2008)
Tales from the Brothers Grimm (November 2007)
The Oxford Passion (August 2007)
Arabian Nights (November 2006)
Robin Hood (July 2006)
The Merchant of Venice (June 2006)
King Lear (February 2006)
The Snow Queen (November 2005)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (July 2005)
The Comedy of Errors (January 2005)
A Christmas Carol (November 2004)
Romeo and Juliet (July 2004)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2004)
The Winter's Tale (February 2004)
The Tempest (July 2003)
Twelfth Night (June 2003)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (June 2002)
Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It (July 2001)