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Theatre / Plays

Going to the theater is a popular activity in Oxford, especially the outdoor performances of Shakespeare plays in the summer. If you intend to see a show while in town, you should check the listings at the individual theatres and buy your tickets in advance, or else you may be disappointed.

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Oxford Playhouse | Creation Theatre Company | Old Fire Station
Burton Taylor |  New Theatre (Apollo) | Pegasus Theatre
University Theatre | Oxford Shakespeare Company
North Wall Arts Centre | Miscellaneous Theatre in & Around Oxford

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The Kite Runner

Adapted by Matthew Spangler, Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini
Directed by Giles Croft

There is a way to be good again.

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel and film, this powerful and dramatic story leaves a lasting impression on anyone it touches.

Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war but this doesn’t concern young friends Amir and Hassan. For them it is a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the joys of the kite-flying tournament, until an unforeseen event shatters both of their lives.

This haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.
Starring Ben Turner (Casualty) and described as “outstanding”, “exhilarating” and “gripping” in a host of four and five star reviews, this award-winning stage adaptation is not to be missed.
An education/insight pack is available here.

Age guideline 14+

Utterly absorbing from start to finish.Mail on Sunday

This production of The Kite Runner is a soaring triumph of theatrical storytelling***** Big Issue

Heartbreaking and heartwarming ... a fascinating insight into this often misunderstood nationBritish Theatre Guide

15th sep to 17th sep

19:30

Tickets and Information

£24 / £21 / £17 / £11

The Kite Runner

Adapted by Matthew Spangler, Based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini
Directed by Giles Croft

There is a way to be good again.

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel and film, this powerful and dramatic story leaves a lasting impression on anyone it touches.

Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war but this doesn’t concern young friends Amir and Hassan. For them it is a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the joys of the kite-flying tournament, until an unforeseen event shatters both of their lives.

This haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.
Starring Ben Turner (Casualty) and described as “outstanding”, “exhilarating” and “gripping” in a host of four and five star reviews, this award-winning stage adaptation is not to be missed.
An education/insight pack is available here.

Age guideline 14+

Utterly absorbing from start to finish.Mail on Sunday

This production of The Kite Runner is a soaring triumph of theatrical storytelling***** Big Issue

Heartbreaking and heartwarming ... a fascinating insight into this often misunderstood nationBritish Theatre Guide

18th sep

14:30 / 19:30

Tickets and Information

£21.50 / £18.50 / £13 / £11; £26.50 / £23.50 / £19.50 / £11.50

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Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266

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Old Fire Station
George Street, 01865 297170 (Box Office)

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Photography Oxford Festival

Photographers, like painters, have always delighted in capturing the glories of nature.
With trained eyes, a love of the world around them, and an instinctive understanding of light and colour, they have captured the essence of the natural world for those of us whose ways of seeing limit the pleasures to be had from nature’s kaleidoscope.

Some artists, not satisfied with simply recording the world around them, have added their own imagination and technical skills to turn elements of the living world into abstract forms.
Which is what the two artists in this show – a Frenchman and an American –done, with colour and design being the imperatives driving their work.

The American, Mark Laita, has been photographing snakes for more than a decade.
Born in Detroit in 1960, he discovered photography in his teens when the family moved to Chicago.
He found work in local studios after school, and went on to study photography in college where he gained a BA.

Few species of snakes have eluded his lens. There have been pastel pythons, vibrant vipers, a blue Malaysian coral snake, an albino Honduran milk snake, and a deadly black mamba that bit him in the leg. He survived because the bite was dry and without venom.

Laita says his pictures of snakes get their strength from the tension that exists between beauty and danger, with the symbolism connected with snakes adding an additional layer of sensuality. “I’m not trying to tell you what a snake looks like,” he explains. “It’s just a beautiful form – something compelling, sensual, and captivating.”

Yann Layma was attracted to creatures that fly rather than slither. Two years younger than Laita, he was born in the Touraine region of northwest France, home to Balzac, Descartes, and a lot of butterflies. A chance meeting turned the young Layma into the disciple of a leading entomologist who taught him all there was to know about these beautiful, delicate creatures.

Once an established photographer, Layma looked closer at butterflies and particularly at their wings. Here he found potential to experiment with micro and macro photography.
By enlarging very small areas of wings he was able to produce abstract images much closer in style to the work of abstract painters than to work normally associated with nature’s leading photographers.

Layma has lived and worked in China, a country he fell in love with and recorded with a searching but compassionate eye. He has also faced a long struggle with bipolar disorder, a struggle he courageously recounts in his book I Had to Ride the Storm: The Tribulations of a Bipolar.

15th Sep to 30th Sep

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Meeting Points

Practitioners from across the arts will join dancers to experiment, share and challenge each other with a range of approaches to live creation and collaboration.

The process has been opened up so that the public are also welcomed into this space of enquiry.
Participating Artists 7:15pm, Audience 8:15pm.

Please note: this event takes place in the Loft Room which is NOT wheelchair accessible

Running Time: 1 - 2 hours depending on participation or artist

Tue, 16th Sep

7:15 PM

Tickets and Information

Prices: £5 Practitioners / £2 General Audience

Comedy Scratch Night

With The Dead Secrets

Each season, we bring you three different Scratch Nights – Theatre, Comedy and Dance.

On each Scratch Night, local and regional theatre performers, comedians or dance artists will perform works in progress for audiences to watch and give feedback on.

This month, the Comedy Scratch takes places, supported by the brilliant Oxford based comedy group, The Dead Secrets.

Want to perform? If you’ve got a work in progress you’d like to try out, contact info@oldfirestation.org.uk with COMEDY SCRATCH in the subject.

Running Time: 2 hours including an interval

Tue, 16th Sep

7:30 PM

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Prices: £5

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What to do When You Find a Dinosaur

By Nick Walker

Everybody likes digging, right? Maybe you use a spade, or just your hands. Sand or earth fly everywhere until you discover something. Perhaps it’s a stone, or an old toy, or that biscuit you’d been saving. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s …a dinosaur!

In 1824 an eccentric Oxford scientist, William Buckland, discovered a bone from a creature that no one had ever seen before. He named it the Megalosaurus, and he was desperate to tell the world about it. Are you ready to join him when the amazing dinosaur story first begins?

Oxford Playhouse presents Oxford’s very own pre-historic story in this bone-shaking, music-making, belly-aching show for everyone aged 4 to 8 years and their families.

Age guideline 4 to 8

Fri 12th 11:00 £7.50 (£5.50)
Fri 12th 14:00 Sold Out £7.50 (£5.50)
Sat 13th 11:00 Sold Out £7.50 (£5.50)
Sat 13th 14:00 Sold Out £7.50 (£5.50)
Sun 14th 11:00 Sold Out £7.50 (£5.50)
Sun 14th 14:00 Sold Out £7.50 (£5.50)
Wed 17th 10:30 £7.50 (£5.50)
Thu 18th 10:30 Cancelled £7.50 (£5.50)
Fri 19th 10:30 £7.50 (£5.50)
Fri 19th 13:30 £7.50 (£5.50)
Sat 20th 11:00 Sold Out £7.50 (£5.50)
Sat 20th 14:00 Sold Out £7.50 (£5.50)
Sat 20th 16:00 Sold Out £7.50 (£5.50)
Sun 21th 11:00 Sold Out £7.50 (£5.50)
Sun 21th 14:00 Sold Out £7.50 (£5.50)

Fri 12th Sep to 21th

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The Man Who Ate the Heart of a King

William Buckland: Geologist, theologian, palaeontologist.
By Professor Jim Kennedy

What rules the world? The stomach, according to William Buckland. He’s the man who described the first dinosaur from a jaw bone found in Oxfordshire and named it the Megalosaurus. He pioneered the study of coprology (the study of fossil poo) and he’s the man who set about sampling every animal in existence, even the heart of a King. As part of the Oxford Playhouse’s season of Radical Thinking, Professor Jim Kennedy introduces the man behind the discoveries, the ambition and most importantly the food.

Wed 17th Sep

18:00

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Prices: £3

Dinosaurs for Dummies

Dr Roger Benson

Now that you’re over the age of 10 asking ‘silly’ questions about dinosaurs may feel well… a little silly!
So we’re offering you the opportunity to ask anything and everything you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs but were too afraid to ask.

Need to keep up with your Dino-obsessed son or daughter? Or just fascinated by all things prehistoric?
This is your chance to find everything you need to know.
From the simple to the complex; from the strange to the straightforward, come and put your questions to Oxford’s Dr Roger Benson who will be leading this talk on all things Dinosaur.

Thu 18th Sep

18:00

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Prices: £3

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An Evening with Sir Roger Moore

The legendary film star chats with biographer Gareth Owen about his astonishing life and career.
Featuring inside stories and exclusive anecdotes from an extraordinary career that has included the iconic TV series The Saint and The Persuaders, plus Hollywood blockbusters and, of course, the James Bond films.

Wed 17th Sep

7:30 pm

Tickets and Information

Tickets £28.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee*

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University Theatre


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Oxford Shakespeare Company
0870 609 2231

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The North Wall Arts Centre
South Parade, Oxford OX2 7NN, 01865 319 452

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Blind Hamlet

When the future starts looking black, what would you do? Travel the world? Reconnect with your family? Take up a new hobby?

In Blind Hamlet, Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour confronts the slow loss of his sight and the fact that he’s never read Hamlet.
But with tragedy looming, he chooses instead to play with the truth and fiction, chance and fate.

A surprise-laden meditation on what it means to act and interact in a shrinking world, Blind Hamlet is theatre about choices in which the audience chooses.

From the writer of international hit White Rabbit, Red Rabbit.

Blind Hamlet is produced by Actors Touring Company, winner of a 2013 Fringe First Award with The Events, which was also voted ‘Best Play of 2013’ by critics in The Guardian.

Age guidance: 14+

Thursday 18th Sep

8:00 pm

Tickets and Information

Full Price : £13.00 + fee* ;  Concessions £11.00 + fee*

Wuthering Heights

Where is Performance/Event Taking Place: The North Wall Arts Centre, South
Parade, Oxford
Cost of Performance/Event: £13 (concessions £11)
Other relevant information: Peter McMaster’s award-winning, all-male
performance revisits and re-imagines the landscapes and characters of Emily
Bronte’s classic novel.
Focusing particularly on Heathcliff’s mysterious disappearance from the
moors, and his subsequent return as “a man”, four performers explore
what it means to be a man living in the world today and consider how the
lives and aspirations of men have changed since the book’s publication 200
years ago.

23th September 2014

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Miscellaneous Theatre

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