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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family (15th & 16th September)

The BT – small studio, big shows

For the second week of the new season at the Burton Taylor Studio: some super shows that have had rave reviews from Edinburgh and beyond
Until You Hear That Bell (12th September)

"Sean has both the experience and the expertise to deliver a slick, confident and impressive show."

Until You Hear That Bell (12th September) | Equations for a Moving Body (13th September) | Save + Quit (14th September) | The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family (15th & 16th September) | Tales from Old Japan (17th September)


From the very first day of the week Sean Mahoney comes straight in with his punchy show, Until You Hear That Bell, told through spoken word and within timed boxing rounds. A story about amateur boxing and family, this is a show about doing something and slowly becoming good at it. With two Literary Death Match wins under his belt, a performance on Channel 4’s Random Acts and a regular co-host of the monthly poetry night BoxediN, Sean has both the experience and the expertise to deliver a slick, confident and impressive show.

From one theme about stamina and patience to another, Equations for a Moving Body is a story of perseverance: unpicking the psychology of our brains when our mind tells our bodies to stop but we carry on nevertheless. Inspired by her own experience in Iron Man events and triathlons, Hannah Nicklin shares what it means to attempt a great feat of endurance and asks why we do these, quite frankly, ridiculous kinds of things.

Midweek sees Save + Quit hit the BT from Hairpin Productions about two lonely Londoners and two dispirited Dubliners who share a glimpse into their city lives and the diverse characters they encounter along the way. Save + Quit is a fast, funny and deeply moving depiction of how the places we call home speak to us, whether we’re lost or looking for a connection in the indifferent, isolating urban jungle.

Next up, for a two night run, is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family, performed by UK all-star slam poetry champion Ben Norris, and directed by Oxford Playhouse’s previous Associate Director Polly Tisdall. The show follows on from Ben’s stint hitchhiking across the UK following in his father’s footsteps, in an attempt to understand him. Across those six days he got 13 lifts from 19 strangers and a wealth of stories to boot. A warming and heartfelt show from an exceptional talent.

To close the week, the BT welcomes A Thousand Cranes with Tales from Old Japan; a selection of mysterious traditional Japanese stories for children aged 4+ with puppetry, storytelling and music. From the Magnificent Mount Iwate, who blew hot and cold, to the snorting and burping ‘orrible Ogre of Rashomon Gate, this collection of tales are an utter delight.

Tickets for any of the performances at the Burton Taylor Studio are available from the Oxford Playhouse Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online.


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