BT Studio (Burton Taylor), Oxford
Beaumont Street, Oxford
Green Eyes / The Parade, 22nd to 26th May, 19:30
These two recently discovered short plays by Tennessee Williams tell two very different stories about the extremes of love and desire.
In Green Eyes, a young couple are spending their honeymoon in a hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter, when they wake up one morning to find the young bride’s body covered with mysterious bruises. Her husband, on leave from Vietnam is enraged and blinded with jealously. As they fight it becomes clear that the bruises are no mystery at all.
The Parade transports the audience to beach, as it presents a portrait of unrequited passions, compassion and friendships. This play is believed to be autobiographical and explores a world where gay men were socially permitted to fully express their feelings.
The Trial (Der Process), 29th May to 2nd June, 19:30
This production is a student adaptation in German. “Someone must have been spreading lies about Josef K., for he was arrested one morning without having done anything wrong…” Held under arrest by a faceless authority, K. embarks on a journey to establish his supposed crime. A tale of guilt unfolds as he finds himself increasingly lost in the surreal and dream-like world of the court. For their sixth production, The Oxford German Play bring Kafka’s classic novel to the stage in its original language (with English subtitles).
For Colored Girls, 5th to 9th June, 19:30
Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls [Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf] is an innovative piece of theatre that combines poetry, dance, music and song to explore the experiences of seven Black women in the modern world. The women are unnamed – instead, identified only by the colour of their clothing. Through interconnected poetic monologues, their personal stories of heartbreak, loss, joy and love are woven together. By telling their stories the women are able to find themselves and each other, growing and healing together in this empowering celebration of Black women, of self-love and of sisterhood.
Dining al Desko, 5th to 9th June, 21:30
Prepare for a nine-to-five like no other. Tightrope Productions serves up three darkly comic monologues set amongst the red tape and ruthless rivalry of an open-plan office. Julie is the over-worked and under-valued receptionist on her way out. Trish is the younger and savvier social media intern, rising rapidly through the ranks. Tom is the no-nonsense accountant deep into his overdraft and even deeper in shit. Dining al Desko is a new comedy by student Alastair Curtis, which arrives in Oxford fresh from its success at this year’s National Student Drama Festival.
How to Use a Washing Machine, 12th to 16th June, 19:30
Growing up is hard. Learning how to use a washing machine is harder. From the team that brought you last year’s main-stage production of Candide comes a brand new musical. Cass and James return to their childhood home to pack up their things for one last time. As they put years of memories into boxes and bags, the past comes rushing back, and growing up suddenly doesn’t seem so easy.
Offside, 18th to 19th June
3 Centuries. 1 Goal. A glorious tale of struggle and sweat. It is 1892. It is 1921. It is 2018. Four women from across the centuries live, breathe, and play football. Whilst each of them face very different obstacles, the possibility that the beautiful game will change their futures – and the world – is tantalisingly close. Offside is told through lyrical dialogue, poetry and punchy prose, placing the audience on the touchline of the game of a lifetime.
The Unbinding, 20th June, 19:30
Four women accused of witchcraft are locked together awaiting their sentence in the shadows. Scared and hungry they don’t know who they can trust or who will survive… Wrong Shoes Theatre Company invites you into a dark and spellbinding world, where those who dare to stand out from the crowd are treated with hatred and suspicion. Devised from historical accounts of witches from Wiltshire and further afield, The Unbinding explores mob mentality and our insatiable need to punish those who are different. An intense performance featuring stark realism, horror, physical theatre and original new music.
Victim, 26th June, 18:30
Martin Murphy’s award-winning 5 star Edinburgh Fringe hit is coming to Oxford! Set in a women's prison, 'Victim' follows the power struggle between a prison guard and criminal as they come face to face with a notorious inmate.
The Foley Explosion, 28th June, 18:40
An immersive storytelling experience about Russia; an alternative spy thriller featuring live Foley sound effects and looping technology in sound worlds that conjure a movie in the mind. This show features disinformation, fake news and cameos from Edward Snowden, Grigori Rasputin and Alexander Litvinenko.
Skin a Cat, 28th June, 20:30
Follow Alana on an awkward, wickedly funny, sexual odyssey: from getting her first period to watching bad porn, to a painful examination by an overly cheery gynaecologist – all in the pursuit of losing her virginity and finally becoming a woman. Whatever that means…
Incoming/Exodus, 29th June
An interactive, playable experience which challenges attitudes towards immigration. You have been called upon to undertake a new form of Civic Duty; becoming immigration officers for a crumbling government, a system has evolved to meet the demands of an angry and fearful population – you must work together to make or break the new order...
Anyone's Guess How We Got Here, 30th June, 14:00 and 19:00
She’s standing in her bedroom. She’s come back to reclaim what she buried. On debt, eviction, childhood, and the thing under the floorboards. A road-trip. A haunted-house. A bedtime story. A photo-album. An ‘80s fantasy film. A demolition project. What remains, long after you’ve paid it off.
Playmaker Performed, 3rd to 5th July, 19:30
Three evenings of new drama, performed by Oxford Playhouse 12|16 and 17|25 Young Companies, all inspired by the concept of ‘freedom’. We fight for basic human rights and individual luxuries but in truth we take our freedoms for granted. You think you know what spurs you on but are surprised each time the past creeps or jumps up to remind you why you do what you do and who you are. If the past is inescapable how do you face it or do you hide in someone or something else? OP Young Playmakers have written short plays exploring the concept of freedom and how we encounter individual and universal freedoms throughout our lives.
For more details
see the Burton Taylor web site: www.oxfordplayhouse.com.