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Furious Folly at Oxford Playhouse

17th-18th June, School Field, Magdalen College School; Oxford Playhouse stunning outdoor show highlights alternative history of WW1 by night
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"Magdalen College School was used as the city’s first hospital to receive the wounded from the first encounters of the War"

Furious Folly takes place as night falls in a no man’s land on the battle front between two lines.


Audiences of up to 2,000 people per night will find themselves immersed within an unmissable open-air experience of sound, light, pyrotechnics and performance. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, Furious Folly by artist Mark Anderson (Power Plant), is one of 27 new commissions exploring how the Great War has impacted on the society we live in now. This is a remarkable and moving free outdoor event.

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This large-scale, immersive experience will take place in Oxford, co-promoted by OCM, Oxford Playhouse and Oxford Festival of the Arts at Magdalen College School. It will then tour to Birmingham and Stockton – all site locations chosen for particular local resonances with World War I and the themes of the show. In Oxford, Magdalen College School was used as the city’s first hospital to receive the wounded from the first encounters of the War while the School Field was used for drilling the School Cadet Corp. Current MCS teacher, David Bebbington, has written Mr Brownrigg’s Boys which, thanks to meticulous research, tells unique accounts of one teacher and fifty of his students in the lead up to and during The Great War.

Mark Anderson is a creator of multi-media and site specific performance, and leads a team of artists, who draw on the anti-war spirit of the early 20th Century Dadaist movement. Railing against the futility of war and the madness of the battlefield, Furious Folly challenges the inhumanity and senselessness of conflicts past and present. Anderson is lead artist of internationally renowned Power Plant, first commissioned by OCM in 2005 at Oxford’s Botanic Garden, which has since been seen by 75,000 people worldwide.

Created at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space. Produced by Corn Exchange Newbury and OCM in association with Oxford Playhouse, Birmingham Hippodrome, Oxford Festival of the Arts and Stockton International Riverside Festival. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Stad Poperinge.

Tickets for Furious Folly at Oxford Playhouse are free but must be booked at the ticket office on 01865 305305 or book online.


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