BT Studio (Burton Taylor), Oxford
Beaumont Street, Oxford
DNA, 19th to 21st March, 19:30
Eight teenagers scramble to cover up the consequences of an evening gone wrong, forced by their lie to stick together. But the guilt isn’t going away... Dennis Kelly’s DNA is dark, quirky and unsettlingly real.
To Helen Back, 22nd March, 19:30
Analysing sickness, health and what it really means to recover, Helen Seymour admits you into a surreal hospital to create a funny, unique and powerful theatrical experience. Directed by Hannah Silva, To Helen Back blurs the boundaries between spoken word, comedy and performance art. So come on, be on the look-out while Helen sneaks around wards, X-Ray rooms and cupboards to discover the bizarre, the bemusing and the ba...ah, well that would be telling!
Scratch Night, 26th March, 19:30
Oxford Playhouse presents an evening of works-in-progress from female-led companies. Expect a night of bold and exciting new work in a range of styles and genres – plus the chance to give your feedback and help these shows develop into something really special.
One Small Step, 5th to 15th April, various dates and times
Recounting history’s greatest adventure, the race between the United States and the Soviet Union to send the first man to the moon, One Small Step is an inventive, funny and surprisingly moving action-packed show that crams 50 years of history into 60 minutes! Two actors magically conjure more than 40 characters with the aid of simple household objects, as well as creating the famous Apollo, Gemini and Sputnik capsules from buckets, lamps and cardboard boxes, capturing the imagination of all ages. Age guide 7+.
Yvette, 16th April, 19:30
Based on a true story, Yvette is an award-winning, one-woman show with original music about a stolen childhood and growing up with a secret. Meet Evie. She’s thirteen and lives in Neasden with her Mum. She wants to tell us something. She wants to make us laugh; she’s pretty good at it. She wants us to tell us about crushes, friends, virginity, garage remixes, hello kitty underwear... She wants to tell us something. Lurking in the corner of her stories is an ‘Uncle’... she wants to tell us, but she daren’t let it out.
What Goes On in Front of Closed Doors, 19th to 20th April, 19:30
It’s amazing, how certain you can be about things going one way and then, a couple of decisions later, they end up somewhere completely different. How do you actually get to the point of losing your home? And once you're out there, where are you going to go? And how do you get back on your feet? Are you in danger? Today, you're finally going to meet Molly. Emma Bentley returns to the Burton Taylor Studio with a new show about how everyone is only a few steps away from homelessness.
Tom Thumb, 21st April, daytimes
One night tiny Tom overhears Mum and Dad talking - there's nothing left to eat so they are going to leave him and his six brothers in the forest! Outwitting his parents and the ogre, Tom shows everybody that even though he is small he is still mighty. Join him on his adventure, as he protects his brothers, finds the treasure and makes sure they'll never be hungry again. Age guide 3+.
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.
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.