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What’s On... Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford Playhouse October 2010 to January 2011 including University of Oxford Michaelmas Term

The very best professional, student and local shows in town

Welcome to the Studio…

…host to the very best of small scale professional touring work and home to the coolest work being created by students in Oxford. During term time you can catch a range of work presented by University of Oxford students, including new productions of plays by modern masters Neil Labute and Enda Walsh, an experimental reimagining of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac and exciting original work by up-and-coming student writers. There’s also the annual jamboree of short offerings from fresher groups in the CUPPERS Festival, plus alternative comedy from the highly popular Little Dark; something to entertain everyone as the autumn nights draw in. Outside of term time and in the lead up to Christmas we have an Oxford Playhouse homemade treat for the under 5s and their families. Bath Time is full of fun, a bit of magic and lots of laughter. Sing along to the ukulele, learn some new bath games and play spot the rubber duck in this fantastic show made by the creator of One Small Step, Toby Hulse. For adults seeking something a little less slapstick than panto, we have the wonderful Gerard Logan performing Shakespeare’s harrowing poem The Rape of Lucrece, and a premiere of At First Sight, a brilliant new play.

Charlie Field

Programme Manager, Oxford Playhouse and Burton Taylor Studio

Robert Bristow

Burton Taylor Studio Manager

Oxford Playhouse thanks…

Oxford Playhouse gratefully acknowledges the support of its core funders: Theatre and events for all the family The Burton Taylor Studio is managed by Oxford Playhouse on behalf of the University of Oxford

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OP’s Burton Taylor Studio programme is sponsored by HMG LAW Theatre and events made in Oxford

Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 October


Workshops Interactive sessions in all aspects of theatre for University of Oxford students; from Producing to Marketing, Performance to Technical Theatre. A great introduction to the world of theatre or an opportunity to explore and further your experience of show business. For further details visit btsstudent or ring 01865 305350 Tickets Free (book in advance or just turn up)

Week 2 

Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 October


The Lesson

by Eugene Ionesco translated by Donald Watson Experience the beauty and confusion of Ionesco’s greatest absurdist masterpiece and decide for yourself what is unreal: the world or you. Tickets £6 discounts £5 9.30pm

A Little Darker by Little Dark

Little Dark return with a new hour of dark, disturbing [and] funny (OxStu) sketches. Rival the Revue for the place of Oxford’s kings of sketch comedy. Cherwell **** Oxford Theatre Review Tickets £6 discounts £5

Week 3 

Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 October


The New Electric Ballroom by Enda Walsh

Cake? Fish? Tea? Yes? No? Three sisters, trapped by the past, the future and each other relive the night their dreams crumbled like soggy biscuits. Hand to Mouth and Illyria Productions bring you an evening of twisted storytelling and smeared lipstick. Get your glad rags on! Tickets £6 discounts £5

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University of Oxford Student Season: October to December 2010

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University of Oxford Student Season: October to December 2010

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Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 November


Cyrano de Bergerac

by Edmund Rostand translated by Derek Mahon Boy meets girl. Boy loves girl. Boy’s enormous, gargantuan, ridiculous nose makes it impossible for girl to love him back. Throw in a cast of 30 characters, all portrayed by five actors, and you have the story of Cyrano as it has never been seen before. With sharp swords and even sharper wit, the Burton Taylor Studio’s intimate setting hosts this madcap comedy, promising a fresh take on a classic romance, revealing a touching story of love and adventure. Tickets £6 discounts £5

Week 5 

Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 November


Taking Care of Baby by Dennis Kelly

A tale of fun and furrows with movement, puppetry, storytelling and live music. A moving and thought-provoking exploration of the interplay between different individuals’ realities in a family rocked by tragedy. You’ll be forced to question everything you are shown. Tickets £6 discounts £5 9.30pm

Just Two People by Catherine Higgins

Anna’s love affair with New York is over and so is her marriage. But is her brother in law the only one to blame, or is it all a lot seedier than it seems? We all wear a mask, but what would happen if people stopped being polite and started acting on their desires? New Writing

Tickets £6 discounts £5

Week 6 

Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 November

10am to 9pm daily


Oxford University Dramatic Society’s annual drama festival is a frenetic week of over forty short plays, all produced, directed and performed by first years. The ideal introduction to Oxford drama, culminating in Saturday’s exciting ‘Best of Cuppers’ programme. Full programme available nearer the time. Tickets £1 per person per show, available on the door, on the day of performance only. Each performance lasts 30 minutes or less.

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Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 November



by Moira Buffini Paige invites you to a dinner party like no other. Debuting her menu of Primordial Soup, Apocalypse of Lobster and Frozen Waste, she can promise you a meal to die for. Tickets £6 discounts £5 9.30pm

The Enemies

by Yasu Kawata and Peter Shenai What do these visitors want? A desire to unravel their dark purpose leads Baron Romerstadt into a bitter tangle of thorns – all inside his own home. New writing Tickets £6 discounts £5

Week 8 

Tuesday 30 November to Saturday 4 December


The Shape of Things by Neil Labute

Seduction is an art… Awkward Adam is transformed by the love of anarchic art student Evelyn, but Adam’s engaged best friends Jenny and Philip aren’t sure what he is becoming. Tickets £6 discounts £5

How to book tickets for the Burton Taylor Studio Call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or log on to Alternatively, tickets are available up to 30 minutes before the performance from Oxford Playhouse’s Ticket Office, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW. From 30 minutes before the performance remaining tickets will be available from the Burton Taylor Studio Ticket Office situated on the first floor. Please note all seating at the Burton Taylor Studio is unreserved. Where listed, discounts are available for under 18s, over 60s, full time students, ES40s, BECTU and Equity members and patrons with disabilities.

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The auditorium is situated on the second floor of the Burton Taylor Studio, accessed via two flights of stairs. We have a stair climber for wheelchair users. If you require this facility please book with the Ticket Office at least 3 days in advance. If there is anything else you may need to make your visit to the studio easier, or you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. A Night Less Ordinary – free tickets An allocation of free tickets for under 26 year olds is available for selected performances. Please see Ticket Office for details or visit:

University of Oxford Student Season: October to December 2010

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Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford Playhouse: December 2010 to January 2011

Photography includes original cast members

Oxford Playhouse Productions at the Burton Taylor Studio

Performance Times Fri 10 to Thu 16: 11am & 3pm Fri 17 to Sun 19: 10am, 12 & 3pm (no performance Mon 13) Tickets Children: £5 Adults: £7 Ages 2 to 5

Friday 10 to Sunday 19 December Oxford Playhouse Productions

Bath Time By Toby Hulse

Festive fun with bubbles!

Bath time is for splashing about, singing down the plughole, shouting up the taps and making bubble beards. Oxford Playhouse has created this magical and perfectly silly show celebrating the games we all play in the bath – in words, music, dance and puppets, with lots of chances to join in. Devised and directed by Toby Hulse (One Small Step) and loved by the children that saw it earlier on in the year. This is an ideal festive time treat for children aged two to five, their families and anyone who has ever shared a bath.

Fantastic…we all loved it! Audience member

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Kerikmäe and Soo – Contemporary Sounds of Estonia hosted by The OxJaMS Trio

George Haslam, Richard Leigh Harris and Steve Kershaw return to the BT with their avant garde blend of acoustic, improvised jazz and will also welcome Taavi Kerikmäe and Mart Soo. This Estonian duo will bring their own, unique sound, with live keyboards, theremin, monochord, guitars and electronics. Tickets £10 discount £8

Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 January at 7.30pm

The Rape of Lucrece by William Shakespeare

A single actor, a bare stage – rapist and victim springing to searing life. Olivier award nominated Gerald Logan brings his astonishing, internationally acclaimed performance of Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece to the Studio. This brilliant and brutal narrative poem is brought powerfully to life by this RSC actor, who received five star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and a sell-out London run. Shakespeare goes beyond the obvious, following the ramifications of the crime wherever they take him, shining a light on a band of behaviour encompassing the bestial and the beautiful. Post Show talk: Thursday Tickets £10 discount £8 Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 January at 7.30pm

At First Sight by Barney Norris

Two young people meet and spend a New Year together in Salzburg. Holly is there on holiday with her parents; Jack plays piano in the hotel bar. In this award-winning debut play by University of Oxford graduate writer Barney Norris, their story is told through a collage of exchange and recollection. New writing Tickets £10 discount £8

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Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford Playhouse: December 2010 to January 2011

Friday 7 January at 7.30pm Oxford Jazz Masters Series

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November continued‌

13 Wed Check for times Workshops 14 Thu Check for times Workshops 15 Fri Check for times Workshops 19 Tue 7.30pm The Lesson 9.30pm A Little Darker 20 Wed 7.30pm The Lesson 9.30pm A Little Darker 21 Thu 7.30pm The Lesson 9.30pm A Little Darker 22 Fri 7.30pm The Lesson 9.30pm A Little Darker 23 Sat 7.30pm The Lesson 9.30pm A Little Darker 26 Tue 7.30pm The New Electric Ballroom 27 Wed 7.30pm The New Electric Ballroom 28 Thu 7.30pm The New Electric Ballroom 29 Fri 7.30pm The New Electric Ballroom 30 Sat 7.30pm The New Electric Ballroom

23 Tue 7.30pm 9.30pm 24 Wed 7.30pm 9.30pm 25 Thu 7.30pm 9.30pm 26 Fri 7.30pm 9.30pm 27 Sat 7.30pm 9.30pm 30 Tue 7.30pm

November 2 Tue 7.30pm 3 Wed 7.30pm 4 Thu 7.30pm 5 Fri 7.30pm 6 Sat 7.30pm 9 Tue 7.30pm 9.30pm 10 Wed 7.30pm 9.30pm 11 Thu 7.30pm 9.30pm 12 Fri 7.30pm 9.30pm 13 Sat 7.30pm 9.30pm 16 Tue 10am to 9pm 17 Wed 10am to 9pm 18 Thu 10am to 9pm 19 Fri 10am to 9pm 20 Sat 10am to 9pm

Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Taking Care of Baby Just Two People Taking Care of Baby Just Two People Taking Care of Baby Just Two People Taking Care of Baby Just Two People Taking Care of Baby Just Two People CUPPERS CUPPERS CUPPERS CUPPERS CUPPERS

Dinner The Enemies Dinner The Enemies Dinner The Enemies Dinner The Enemies Dinner The Enemies The Shape of Things

December 1 Wed 7.30pm 2 Thu 7.30pm 3 Fri 7.30pm 4 Sat 7.30pm 10 Fri 11am 3pm 11 Sat 11am 3pm 12 Sun 11am 3pm 14 Tue 11am 3pm 15 Wed 11am 3pm 16 Thu 11am 3pm 17 Fri 10am 12pm 3pm 18 Sat 10am 12pm 3pm 19 Sun 10am 12pm 3pm

The Shape of Things The Shape of Things The Shape of Things The Shape of Things Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time Bath Time

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Fri 7.30pm Thu 7.30pm Fri 7.30pm Sat 7.30pm Thu 7.30pm Fri 7.30pm Sat 7.30pm

Oxford Jazz Masters Series The Rape of Lucrece The Rape of Lucrece The Rape of Lucrece At First Sight At First Sight At First Sight

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