Old Fire Station, Oxford
Arts at the Old Fire Station is a new charity and social enterprise based in Oxford’s hub for creativity. "We are committed to helping local artists make and showcase their work as well as providing great entertainment and exhibitions. Within our building, you will find a shop selling original artwork, a gallery with a wide range of exhibitions, a theatre and studio for dance, drama and music and workshops for artists. We also have space to hire for classes, rehearsals and meetings."
The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ. 01865 263980.
Singles Night, 19th to 20th September, 19:30
Life is happening. Love is all around. Emma and James are flatmates; they’ve been friends forever, and are looking for their fairytale endings. When Amber pops up with her dating agency, “Friends ‘n’ Lovers”, what could possibly go wrong? Presented as part of Film Oxford’s Shadowlight Artists Project, Singles Night is the new play by Russell Highsmith, a hemiplegic writer with learning disabilities. His 2016 play The Big Shock was performed at the Cornerstone in Didcot. His particular situation gives him a wry, sideways perspective on life but it’s a view that is always extraordinarily upbeat and optimistic. Once again, he has teamed up with writer and director Mark Ralph-Bowman for another story about the comedy and pain of falling in love.
The Flop, 22nd September, 19:30
Paris. 1657ish. Impotence is illegal. When a member of the aristocracy is accused of being less than upstanding, his wounded pride leads him towards a monumental and very public flop. But can a cast of total idiots save a show about a flop… from being one?
Burning Books, 29th September, 19:30
What do schools do when they’re losing so many teachers? On Teach First student Kat’s first day at Hurstville Community College Nicky Morgan announces forced academisation for all state schools. Kat is ready for the picket line and can’t understand why her attempts to join the NUT are met by trade union stalwart, Janine with contempt. With an invisible headteacher, staff are more concerned about the loss of their staff room, diappearing books and a member of staff who hasn’t been seen for weeks. A powerful and humorous look at an education system buckling under government cuts and targets. A story of protest and the teachers who choose to fight back.
An Enemy of the People, 2nd to 6th October, 19:30
Having rejuvenated the fortunes of a crumbling town, eminent doctor Tamsin Stockmann expects to be hailed as its saviour once again when she exposes a major public health risk. But the town’s prosperity hangs in the balance and opposition grows. Will she will lauded as hero of the hour or will Dr Stockmann be declared an enemy of the people? Flintlock Theatre return with a reimagined classic. Employing their signature high-energy storytelling, music and live digital interaction, Flintlock’s irreverent style brings Ibsen’s masterpiece into the 21st century in a searing examination of fake news, whistleblowing and who really wields power in contemporary Britain.
The Great Austerity Debate, 9th October, 19:30
The Great Austerity Debate is an interactive forum theatre play. Follow the story of Megan K. as she juggles low-paid work, ever-deeper debt, two kids and that fancy new red handbag. Welcome to a world where the phrase, “We are all in this together” rings hollow. Welcome to a world where austerity is the new normal. But there is a way out. After watching the performance, you are invited to imagine different outcomes for the characters, and see your ideas played out by the actors. You can give your views or simply sit and enjoy the play being re-told on the spot. Every audience brings new responses, new interventions and new endings, making each performance unique.
The Road Behind, The Road Ahead, 11th October, 19:30
The Road Behind, The Road Ahead is a unique project created by The Theatre Chipping Norton to explore the history of the Suffragette movement, and what it means to us today. In the age of #metoo and gender pay disputes, female equality remains one of the most hotly debated questions of our day. Join us for an evening of rarely-seen drama from the Votes for Women movement – a stripped back production of short plays and songs that helped to shape public opinion and remain relevant, gripping and funny to this day.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.