Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266 or at
3rd Floor, Cherwell House, 1-5 London Place, Oxford, OX4 1BD.
Pictures of Dorian Gray, 9th to 27th July
Taking up the last leg of this touring production, we’ll be bringing Wilde’s Gothic parable to our home from home, Oxford’s Blackwell’s Bookshop. Mixing roles and gender, you’ll see the actors switch part for each performance, giving four different casting possibilities over the course of the run. The production, which retains all the glittering wit of Wilde’s writing, explores perceptions and preconceptions of gender, the balance of power between the artist and their art, attitudes to ‘self’ and the relationship between manufactured image and reality.
The Tempest, 19th July to 15th August, in the streets of
Oxford and Osney Mead
In small groups the audience will convene in a secret location and discover the scenes and characters of The Tempest in the last places you’d expect to find them. Could Ariel be bobbing by on that boat, is Prospero serving us in this coffee shop? This immersive and interactive way of storytelling brings classic texts to life in true Creation style.
Blackwell’s Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ.
For more details
see Creation's web site at www.creationtheatre.co.uk.
Review of Peter Pan
1st December 2018 to 5th January 2019
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Faith, trust and pixie dust in Dismaland
Creation's 'distinctly provocative' Peter Pan
Peter Pan, at the North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, until January 5
The first thing you notice in Creation Theatre Company's new production of JM Barrie's Peter Pan, written and directed by Gari Jones, is designer Ryan Dawson Laight's fairground lettering above, spelling out Neverland in a way that recalls Banksy's dystopian theme park critique, Dismaland. Banksy's was a postmodern attraction that was antithetical to the saccharine and hostile to popular Disneyfication. This production, with its strong cast of Creation regulars, is also far from Disney and distinctively provocative.
The play opens with an intriguing discourse between the actors, spotlit around the auditorium, debating the key concept in the play – growing up. Jones is reflecting the criticisms of writers like Philip Pullman who have said that Peter Pan's denial of adulthood is abhorrent.
In Peter Pan, what is often twee and sentimental is here confrontational and impish. Neverland really is dismal, its fairies typified by the clumping, sarcastic, punkish Tinkerbell (James Burton), his hair adorned by the letter T designed in the style of the Neverland sign overhead. The pirates are led by the vicious Captain Hook (Shelley Atkinson), a bully and coward who disembowels one of her crew in a gruesomely comic killing. She wears a dark schooner on a hat that's quite wonderful, battling Peter for the souls of the already departed. The Lost Boys, armed and dangerous and not innocent little kids, shoot the 'Wendy bird' (Sophie Greenham) out of the sky, a reflection of the hostility of today's populations against foreigners.
Many of Peter Pan's most famous lines, like 'Never say goodbye, because goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting' bring a deep sense of melancholy to the production. The Darling children's life at home is seen as a vacuous waste of childhood, with the pernickety John (Lewis Chandler) and his reckless brother Michael (Annabelle Terry) frittering their time away on interactive games and social media sites.
However, like a horror demon who does not die, the boy Peter (Rob Hadden) returns to the adult Wendy, now a mother with a daughter and lures her child to Neverland.
Peter Pan, 1st December 2018 to 5th January 2019 at the North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
The Pit and the Pendulum, 17th October to 2nd November 2018 at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. See the review in the archive.
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)