Off Beat by Oxford Playhouse and Arts at the Old Fire Station
"Work never seen in Oxford before"
Makes-you-think, in-your-face, never-thought-of-it-like-that-before, laugh-out-loud, who’d-‘ve-thought, life-enhancing art...
With theatre, dance, comedy, music, family shows and spoken word, upcoming and established artists from across the UK will join local artists in Off Beat festival presented by Oxford Playhouse and Arts at the Old Fire Station, 20th-26th June.
Running from 20th to 26th June, the festival will feature the best contemporary performing arts in the Old Fire Station and the Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford Playhouse. This bold new collaboration between neighbouring theatres will only include work never seen in Oxford before. Highlights include works by local Oxford artists with some top notch storytellers and spoken word artists amongst the festival line-up: Lucy Ayrton explores the way we use tragedies through song and poetry in High on the Storm Torn Coast; Kuumba Nia Arts introduces three remarkable women through a journey post slavery, Harlem renaissance and beyond in On Her Own Ground: James Webster lets you choose your own adventure, in a quest to find if you have what it takes to save the world in Poor Life Choices.
Amongst the performances there will also be a screening of Queens of Syria, a documentary by Yasmin Fedda which accompanies the acclaimed play of the same name, due to tour the UK for three weeks in July. The film follows 50 Syrian female refugees as they come to together to rehearse and perform an adaptation of The Trojan Women.
To top off this selection of goodies, we have some super shows across the festival: Ross & Rachel, an unflinching look at the myths of modern love by Olivier nominee James Fritz; The Best of Trygve Wakenshaw, a compilation of Wakenshaw’s favourite moments from his award-winning shows Nautilus and Kraken; and All The Things I Lied About from Katie Bonna, a confrontation of our obsession with telling fibs.
With an array of works, from shows about our favourite films – Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film from Oxford locals artists Alexander Fox and Dom O’Keefe – to terrifying ghostly tales with a chilling violin accompaniment – The Book of Darkness & Light – there are oodles of shows to treat yourself to across the festival.
Off Beat is a festival of fresh new writing, an exciting mix of emerging and established artists and a surprising varied collection of work. This is a festival with something for everyone. For further information or to book tickets, call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online.