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.
Flux, 23rd November, 19:30
Meet Kate: a physicist in the male-dominated labs of the 1980s. Addicted to the pounding beats and neon glow of her generation, follow Kate as she discovers her potential as a cutting edge scientist. As a girl, Kate dreamt of being among the elite, but as expectations become reality and the professional turns personal her world is in a spin. Inspired by the real life work of female physicists, Flux uses extraordinary life-size puppetry, an electrifying set of shadow and light, and a filmic score to follow Kate as she discovers what it means to be a woman in a world of men.
Enter the Dragons, 24th November, 19:30
An archetypal Hero is reframed as a mature woman in the modern world. Gripped with fear at her advancing years, she sets off on an epic quest to defeat Chronos, the god of time, and halt the inevitable – ageing. Will she succeed? Enter the Dragons is an hilarious, surreal odyssey through the challenges of growing older, which explodes myths about beauty, sex and femininity. Expect fantastical characters, ridiculous puppetry, extreme wigs, physical comedy and delightfully dark humour. Sixty minutes of laugh-out-loud joy, dissent and touching humility for anyone who is considering ageing.
Snowflake, 5th to 22nd December
Andy’s 43. He loves nostalgic television, pints down the pub, and listening to the whole album from beginning to end. His daughter Maya is 21, wears good shoes, likes good arguments, and has a secret plan to bring down the government. The trouble is, three years ago Maya left home, and they haven’t spoken since. But this Christmas, she might be coming back. Andy knows she’s going to stay. Maya knows she’s not. Full of the warmth, wit and heartbreak of Christmas, Snowflake is an epic story about generational conflict, fathers and daughters, and whether we’re living in the best or worst of times.
Hickory Dickory Murder, 12th December, 20:00
Intrigue, deception, betrayal, secret identities and lost gemstones. Or other things entirely. In this improvised Golden Age detective story, Hickory Dickory Murder, award-winning comedy adventurers The Dead Secrets use audience suggestions to propel untrustworthy characters through a world of implausible plot twists towards the mystery’s thrilling, unbelievable conclusion.
For more details
Go to the web site at www.oldfirestation.info.