Creation Theatre Company
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3rd Floor, Cherwell House, 1-5 London Place, Oxford, OX4 1BD.
The Wind in the Willows, 2nd to 30th December
“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” The weasels have taken over Toad Hall! This Christmas, the Mill will turn be transformed into a wooded riverbank this winter. We’re collaborating with Cherwell Theatre Company to bring this mad-cap, fun, heartwarming and generally bonkers adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale of the beauty of friendship and nature.
A Christmas Carol, 2nd December to 6th January
This year’s Christmas show will be none other than Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. We’ll be transforming The North Wall Arts Centre into Victorian London this winter (chimney sweeps not included). This will be Dickens like you’ve not seen him before. With misers, music, Marley’s ghost and all sorts of Creation twists, it will be a show unlike any other.
The Wind in the Willows: The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury.
A Christmas Carol: North Wall Arts Centre (www.thenorthwall.org), South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7NN.
For more details
see Creation's web site at www.creationtheatre.co.uk.
Review of Alice
15th July to 19th August 2017
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Time ticks on for Alice
Plenty of audience participation in Creation Theatre's effervescent revival
Creation Theatre Company: Alice, at University Parks, Oxford, from July 15 to August 19
Of the many fantasy worlds inspired by the city and landscape of Oxford - Pullman's alternative Oxford, CS Lewis's Narnia, and Tolkien's Middle Earth - it's arguably Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass that have impacted most strongly on the city.
Creation Theatre Company's effervescent and accessible revival of Alice, which two years ago was produced promenade-style around the grounds of St Hugh's College, reunites the same team of writer and lyricist Kate Kerrow, director Helen Tennison, designer Ryan Dawson Laight and sound designer Matt Eaton, but this time playing in a jolly circus tent in front of a pond in the far end of the University Parks.
Although the production is not as immersive as before, the actors' willingness to leap into the audience and occasionally drag out volunteers, keeps the children in constant giggles. There's a strong emphasis on the passing of time and Alice's role in changing the time in Wonderland. Eaton's recurrent ticking sound effects form a soundtrack to the drama. Alice is on a quest to find and defeat The Beast, AKA the Jabberwocky, which, like in many fairy tales, is a symbolic creature representing the rite of passage into adulthood, a change already undertaken by Alice's older sister.
Ryan Duncan and Nicholas Ormond are a fine double-act, creating the quaint, music hall-like Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee Jack-in-the-box men, mechanically manoeuvring for another comic boxing match. Ormond's Jabberwocky-hunting, damsel-saving knight on a hobby-horse is a particular delight. Stephanie Lane's comic, sinister Queen of Hearts is a dictator whose murderous inclinations always elicit a laugh, while her hookah-smoking psychedelic caterpillar is simply joyous. Finally, as the plucky Alice, Alicia Bennett, stepping into the role at the last minute, creates an instant rapport with the audience and subtly suggests a wide-eyed girl on the brink of change.
Hannah says: "My favourite character is Alice. She has a really cute little white bunny. It was really funny when she grew a long neck. I liked it that we didn't see the Jabberwocky because it was better that it would be a surprise."
JON LEWIS and HANNAH LEWIS (AGED SIX)
Alice, 15th July to 19th August 2017
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 5th July to 5th August 2017
1984, 5th February to 5th March 2017
Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm, 3rd December 2016 to 7th January 2017. See the review in the archive.
Hamlet, 13th July to 13th August 2016. See the review in the archive.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 23rd June to 30th July 2016. See the review in the archive.
King Lear, 12th February to 24th March 2016. See the review in the archive.
Treasure Island, 4th December 2015 to 9th January 2016. There are reviews from the Oxford Times ("tremendous fun with a wicked edge, this scurvy morality tale will leave you reeling – and grinning long after the sea shanties have faded away" 5/5), Daily Info ("another memorable Christmas show... a well put together piece with lots of energy and enthusiasm").
Alice, 18th August to 13th September 2015. See the review in the archive.
As You Like It, 28th July to 12th September 2015. See the review in the archive.
The Wind in the Willows, 5th December 2014 to 10th January 2015. See the review in the archive.
Macbeth, 1st August to 13th September 2014. See the review in the archive.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 6th December 2013 to 4th January 2014. See the review in the archive.
Henry V, 17th August to 14th September 2013. See the review in the archive.
Jekyll & Hyde, 8th June to 6th July 2013. See the review in the archive.
Aladdin and the Magical Lamp, 6th December 2012 to 5th January 2013. See the review in the archive.
The Merchant of Venice, 7th July to 1st September 2012
Richard II, 7th May 2012
The Odyssey, 29th March to 28th April 2012
Hamlet, 5th to 24th March 2012
A Christmas Carol, 8th December 2011 to 7th January 2012. There are reviews in the Oxford Times ("backing up all this ensemble acting is some very strong staging... fine show") and Daily Info ("a flawless performance... one of the most enjoyable shows of this year; don’t miss out on a night full of merriment and Christmas cheer! ").
Antony and Cleopatra, 8th July to 3rd September 2011. See the review in the archive.
King James Bible, 14th May to 11th June 2011 at St Barnabas Church
Dr Faustus, 4th February to 2nd April 2011 at Blackwell's Bookshop
Rapunzel, 26th November 2010 to 15th January 2011. See the review in the archive.
Romeo and Juliet, 19th July to 31st August 2010, at Said Business School Amphitheatre, Oxford
Beauty and the Beast, 27th November 2009 to 16th January 2010. See the review in the archive.
Twelfth Night (July 2009)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4th July to 13th September 2008
Othello (April 2009)
Hans Christian Andersen's Magical Tales (December 2008)
Animal Farm, 21st July to 30th August 2008
The Taming of the Shrew, 16th July to 25th August 2007
Hamlet, 1st June to 28th July 2007
Macbeth, 2nd June to 9th September 2006 at Headington Hill Park
Saints and Sinners (June 2008)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2008)
Measure for Measure (March 2008)
Tales from the Brothers Grimm (November 2007)
The Oxford Passion (August 2007)
Arabian Nights (November 2006)
Robin Hood (July 2006)
The Merchant of Venice (June 2006)
King Lear (February 2006)
The Snow Queen (November 2005)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (July 2005)
The Comedy of Errors (January 2005)
A Christmas Carol (November 2004)
Romeo and Juliet (July 2004)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2004)
The Winter's Tale (February 2004)
The Tempest (July 2003)
Twelfth Night (June 2003)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (June 2002)
Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It (July 2001)