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What’s On... Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford Playhouse March to April 2012


Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford P layhouse: March to April 2012

Theatre and events for all the family

Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March at 7.30pm

Theatre and events made in Oxford

1 Beach Road RedCape Theatre

Following the success of their debut show The Idiot Colony, RedCape Theatre returns to the Burton Taylor Studio with its new show 1 Beach Road. With the unstoppable encroachment of the shoreline, the sea swallows the row of bungalows, the road, the garage, and eats its way to the back door of 1 Beach Road, while the inhabitants refuse to budge. Victoria and Jane are left standing at the edge of a precipice. A tale of friendship, defiance, synchronized swimming and trying to turn back the tide, 1 Beach Road explores the metaphorical connections between Alzheimer’s and coastal erosion, and asks; what is it like to lose everything – your home and your memories?

Welcome to the Studio at Oxford P layhouse

Tickets £10 discounts £8

Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 March at 7.30pm

This Easter in the studio there is brilliant new drama from across the country. Action Hero returns with its assertive theatrical gig Frontman; RedCape is back with its critically acclaimed new show 1 Beach Road, and we are delighted to have Chris Goode and Company with the wonderful Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley. For children and families there is a punk rock musical from Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals, a fairy tale with puppets in Sam Rose, an interactive and messy sand show, Circles in the Sand, and the fantastic physical theatre show about the first dog in space, Muttnik. There is also music, dance and poetry, so do have a look through and get booking. And if you turn the brochure back-to-front, there is a whole host of student shows available between January and March.

Photo: Briony Campbell

Frontman

By Action Hero From the company that brought A Western to the Angel and Greyhound. Backed by an analogue synth and a tambourine, Action Hero performs a defiant, brazen, half-cut version of a faded comeback gig, complete with dry-ice, lip syncs and extreme noise – earplugs provided! With borrowed ramblings from iconic frontmen, part-gig, part-performance with a DIY approach to noise, Frontman is the third piece in an unintentional trilogy of work about icons and the iconography of masculinity. For a standing audience who like it loud! Tickets £10 discounts £8

Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 March at 7.30pm

Next Swan Down the River Might Be Black By Sean Burn

Enjoy.

A poetic new play about detention under the mental health act. Follow the shifting alliances of three young women on a psychiatric ward over one momentous week. Cerys, 19, black and depressive, Kay, 26, white and bipolar and Zee, a Pakistani British student nurse, are all fighting a faceless institution.

Charlie Field

This hauntingly lyrical play, by award-winning writer Sean Burn, has a fragile hopefulness at its core.

Programme Manager, Oxford Playhouse and Burton Taylor Studio

Tickets £10 discounts £8

Burton Taylor Studio Gloucester Street, Oxford OX1 2BN

Ticket Office: 01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford P layhouse: March to April 2012

Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 March at 7.30pm Sat 31 at 2.30pm

Ghosts

By Henrik Ibsen Translated by Frank McGuiness The Magdalen College School Theatre Academy presents one of the most arresting and controversial dramas of the 19th century; Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen. One of Ibsen’s most haunting plays, Ghosts follows the troubled and taboo story of Helen Alving, a widow who builds an orphanage as a memorial to her late husband, despite their marriage being riddled with hidden evils. This powerful story is as gripping now as it was in 19th century Norway.

Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford P layhouse: March to April 2012

Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 April at 7.30pm

The Harbour

By Limbik Theatre Company Peter is a quiet, awkward fisherman. He still lives at home with his acerbic and overbearing mother. One fateful night, Peter brings a seal-woman home from the sea. As Sally grows into life on land, their hopes and secrets catastrophically collide in this funny, moving, and visually striking retelling of a selkie myth. With simple staging and haunting live music, The Harbour unearths an over-fished world filled with impossible desires. Fresh, immediate and charged with emotion. Scotsman Tickets £10 discounts £8

Tickets £6 discounts £4

Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 April at 7.30pm

The Cosmos, The Cosmetics Written and performed by Nick Field

This uplifting new show by Nick Field ‘rising star of the spoken word scene’ (Time Out), is a vivid portrait of a young man coming of age amongst a colourful swansong of 20th century underground culture. Weaved with lush poetry and delicious humour, this odyssey of discovery is spoken word theatre at its most thrilling. An intimate tour-de-force of the spoken word…Nick is a passionate, and flexible performer. Gscene Tickets £10 discounts £8

Thursday 5 and Friday 6 April at 7.30pm

The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley By Chris Goode & Company

Shirley is a teenage boy with a girl’s name, growing up in suburbia and feeling like the weirdest kid in the school. Wound Man is an unconventional superhero, sprung from the pages of a medieval medical textbook, with an alarming assortment of weapons sticking out from every part of his body.

Saturday 17 March at 11am and 2pm

Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals A new rock and roll musical for kids and adults Oliver Postgate meets The Beastie Boys! Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals is a punk rock musical following the adventures of gorilla, bear, hedgehog and badger as they make friends, cause mischief, contemplate the world and finally rock out at the grand dance contest. This lively and entertaining show contains a unique mix of live music, theatre, comedy and animation. Tickets £7 children £5

Ages 3 to 8

Saturday 24 March at 11am and 2pm

Sam Rose in the Shadows Tucked In Productions

Wound Man has just moved into a house on Shirley’s street — and he happens to have a vacancy for a teenage sidekick...The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley is a funny and touching story by Chris Goode (Longwave, Henry and Elizabeth) about two unlikely friends and the adventures they share.

Ivan Rose is six years old. Shut away in his little house in the city watched by his aging tutor, he fantasizes about the outside world. His father spends most of his time away, and Ivan can only imagine he is off fighting dragons and generally being a hero!

Tickets £10 discounts £8

Sam Rose in the Shadows is an uplifting new play about what it is like to be sad and how one can learn to be happy again. From the company behind Tim and Light. Tickets £7 children £5

01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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Ages 6+


Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford P layhouse: March to April 2012

Burton Taylor Studio at Oxford P layhouse: March to April 2012

Saturday 7 April at 11am and 2pm

Friday 13 April at 8pm

Muttnik: The First Dog In Space

SUPAFUNK 4

A Niki McCretton Production, performed by Tessa Bide

Put your dancing shoes on for a night of classic funk and soul covers from Oxford band SUPAFUNK 4. Influenced by such greats as Stevie Wonder, Otis Reading, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Marvin Gaye, the gig will mix songs you know with some you don’t, but all promise to have you tapping your feet.

Muttnik is a stray. She scavenges on the streets of Moscow until one day she is captured and her life changes forever. She finds herself at the Russian Space Centre to become an astro-dog going ‘where no dog has gone before’. Physical theatre for children and childish adults, Muttnik: The First Dog In Space is a stunning, refreshing slant on the story of the 1957 Sputnik 2 rocket-dog. Tickets £7 children £5

Tickets £10 discounts £8

Ages 3+

Saturday 21 April at 11am and 2pm

Circles in the Sand

Photo: Hugo Glendinning Dancer: Stine Nilsen

Friday 23 March at 6pm, 6.45pm and 7.45pm

Circles in the sand Slipping through your fingers, Grab it…Drop it… Where is it gone? Circles in the sand Touch…Feel…Play… Circles in the Sand is an interactive show for 1 to 3 year olds, discovering and playing in the sand. Tickets £7 children £5

Ages 1 to 3

Between

By Angela Woodhouse and Caroline Broadhead Following the success of last year’s visit to the Burton Taylor Studio and a sold out tour including a residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Between returns for one evening only. The dancer approaches and embeds herself within her audience, her arm loosely covered with gold leaf. She claims attention. Meanwhile, in the distance another performer is preoccupied in her private space, absorbed in subtle gestures preparing for what is to come… Between is performed by exceptional artists Stine Nilsen (Candoco), David McCormick (Richard Alston, DV8) and Martina Conti (Firenza Guidi). Tickets £5 discounts £4 Running time: 30 minutes

Monday 19 March at 8pm

Lol Coxhill

Presented by the Oxford Jazz Masters Series A rare appearance by the legendary icon of contemporary music, Lol Coxhill, plus the OxJaMS Trio – George Haslam (baritone sax, tarogato, clarinet), Steve Kershaw (double bass) and Richard Leigh Harris (piano). Tickets £10 discounts £8

Saturday 24 March at 7.30pm

Monkey Poet – Welcome… Think Bill Hicks meets Mark Thomas, with a dash of rhyme thrown in, and you’ve got Monkey Poet. Winner of seven fringe awards from festivals across the globe, Monkey Poet is the pseudonym of Matt Panesh and his special brand of stand-up poetry. Here he presents a double bill of critically acclaimed shows; Welcome…to Afghanistan, a play adapted from Lt. Greenwood’s memoir published in 1844 and Welcome…to the UK; satiric stand-up in rhyme. Tickets £10 discounts £8

01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Ages 16+


Burton Taylor Studio Gloucester Street, Oxford OX1 2BN

Ticket Office: 01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

2 Mon 7.30pm The Cosmos, The Cosmetics 3 Tue 7.30pm The Cosmos, The Cosmetics 5 Thu 7.30pm The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley 6 Fri 7.30pm The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley 7 Sat 11am Muttnik: The First Dog In Space 2pm Muttnik: The First Dog In Space 10 Tue 7.30pm The Harbour 11 Wed 7.30pm The Harbour 13 Fri 8pm SUPAFUNK 4 21 Sat 11am Circles in the Sand 2pm Circles in the Sand

April

Next Swan Down the River… Between Between Between Sam Rose in the Shadows Sam Rose in the Shadows Monkey Poet Ghosts Ghosts Ghosts Ghosts

21 Wed 7.30pm 23 Fri 6pm 6.45pm 7.45pm 24 Sat 11am 2pm 7.30pm 29 Thu 7.30pm 30 Fri 7.30pm 31 Sat 2.30pm 7.30pm

Never Say Never Freshwoman Never Say Never Freshwoman Never Say Never Freshwoman Never Say Never Freshwoman Never Say Never Freshwoman Teechers Lars Sørken: A Norwegian Noir Teechers Lars Sørken: A Norwegian Noir Teechers Lars Sørken: A Norwegian Noir Teechers Lars Sørken: A Norwegian Noir Teechers Lars Sørken: A Norwegian Noir Antarctica Rubber Dinghy Schrodinger’s Hat The Tulip Tree

14 Tue 7.30pm 9.30pm 15 Wed 7.30pm 9.30pm 16 Thu 7.30pm 9.30pm 17 Fri 7.30pm 9.30pm 18 Sat 7.30pm 9.30pm 21 Tue 7.30pm 9.30pm 22 Wed 7.30pm 9.30pm 23 Thu 7.30pm 9.30pm 24 Fri 7.30pm 9.30pm 25 Sat 7.30pm 9.30pm 28 Tue 7.30pm 9.30pm 29 Wed 7.30pm 9.30pm

February The Curse of The Oxford Revue The Curse of The Oxford Revue The Curse of The Oxford Revue The Curse of The Oxford Revue Wit Messiah Man Wit Messiah Man Wit Messiah Man Wit Messiah Man Wit Messiah Man

Production

1 Wed 7.30pm 2 Thu 7.30pm 3 Fri 7.30pm 4 Sat 7.30pm 7 Tue 7.30pm 9.30pm 8 Wed 7.30pm 9.30pm 9 Thu 7.30pm 9.30pm 10 Fri 7.30pm 9.30pm 11 Sat 7.30pm 9.30pm

Time

1 Thu 7.30pm Antarctica 9.30pm Rubber Dinghy 2 Fri 7.30pm Schrodinger’s Hat 9.30pm The Tulip Tree 3 Sat 2.30pm Schrodinger’s Hat 4.30pm The Tulip Tree 7.30pm Antarctica 9.30pm Rubber Dinghy 6 Tue 7.30pm One Arabian Night 9.30pm Out Through the In Door 7 Wed 7.30pm One Arabian Night 9.30pm Out Through the In Door 8 Thu 7.30pm One Arabian Night 9.30pm Out Through the In Door 9 Fri 7.30pm One Arabian Night 9.30pm Out Through the In Door 10 Sat 7.30pm One Arabian Night 9.30pm Out Through the In Door 12 Mon 7.30pm 1 Beach Road 13 Tue 7.30pm 1 Beach Road 14 Wed 7.30pm Frontman 15 Thu 7.30pm Frontman 16 Fri 7.30pm Frontman 17 Sat 11am Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals 2pm Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals 19 Mon 8pm Lol Coxhill 20 Tue 7.30pm Next Swan Down the River…

Date Day

March

Production

24 Tue 7.30pm Latin! or Tobacco and Boys 9.30pm It’s a Hit! 25 Wed 7.30pm Latin! or Tobacco and Boys 9.30pm It’s a Hit! 26 Thu 7.30pm Latin! or Tobacco and Boys 9.30pm It’s a Hit! 27 Fri 7.30pm Latin! or Tobacco and Boys 9.30pm It’s a Hit! 28 Sat 7.30pm Latin! or Tobacco and Boys 9.30pm It’s a Hit! 31 Tue 7.30pm The Curse of The Oxford Revue

Time

January

Date Day


University of Oxford Student Season: Hilary Term 2012

Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 March 7.30pm

Call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or log on to www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Improvised Comedy Play by the Oxford Imps

Alternatively, tickets are available up to 30 minutes before the performance from Oxford Playhouse’s Ticket Office, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW. After that time any 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.

One Arabian Night

Beautiful and hilarious improvised adventures based on 1001 Arabian Nights. Come and hear wondrous tales, made up entirely spontaneously and different every night, by one of the country’s best improvised comedy groups. Tickets £6 discounts £5

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 three days in advance.

9.30pm

Out Through the In Door By Alex Mills

‘I’ll tell you what. I’ll give you some time before you have to come out, because I like you.’ One man’s life rests in another’s hands, and the game of human interaction is exposed. Tickets £6 discounts £5

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. OPT in! An allocation of OPT in! tickets for 16 to 25 year olds are available for selected performances outside the student season. Please visit www.oxfordplayhouse.com/OPTin! or ask at the Ticket Office.

New Writing

Mogadishu

By Vivienne Franzmann Directed by Matthew Dunster

Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 February

Where listed, discounts are available for under 18s, over 60s, full time students, ES40s, BECTU and Equity members and patrons with disabilities.

Mogadishu is an award-winning, electrifying new play that has won widespread critical acclaim. When white secondary school teacher Amanda is pushed to the ground by black student Jason, she’s reluctant to report him as she knows exclusion could condemn him to a future as troubled as his past. Written by a former secondary school teacher, Mogadishu won rave four and five star reviews during sell-out runs in London and Manchester. This is an urgent and gripping play exploring the clash of youth, class, race and justice.

Oxford Playhouse gratefully acknowledges the support of its core funders:

The Burton Taylor Studio is managed by Oxford Playhouse on behalf of the University of Oxford

The play of the year? Quite possibly. HHHHH Daily Telegraph Tickets £9.50 to £24.50 (Booking fee applies)

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University of Oxford Student Season: Hilary Term 2012

University of Oxford Student Season: Hilary Term 2012

Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 February

Tuesday 28 February to Saturday 2 March

7.30pm

Never Say Never

By Alfred de Musset translated by Julia Hartley French Romanticism meets P.G. Wodehouse in a cheeky St Valentine’s comedy. Valentin wants to escape an arranged marriage. Using a false identity, he attempts to seduce Cécile to sabotage her virtue and consequently their union. Tickets £6 discounts £5

9.30pm

Freshwoman

The OUDS New Writing Festival showcases the best of student writing in Oxford. From 28 script submissions, Telegraph theatre critic Dominic Cavendish has selected the top four to be performed at the festival. Student directors and actors will take these brand new plays on their exhilarating first journey from page to stage.

By Tom Skelton

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7.30pm

Exciting new comedy following the trials and travails of Mathilde du Belle’s first term at Oxford University in the 1920s. Mathilde enters a world of intellectual and romantic misadventures among the deviant dreaming spires in this fast-paced ensemble piece.

By Robert Williams

01865 305305 Tickets £6 discounts £5 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

New Writing

Antarctica

Someone visits a hotelier, his wife and his daughter, all buried under snow at the bottom of the earth. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9.30pm

Rubber Dinghy By Kelvin Fawdrey

Two men, one dinghy and a vast ocean. Is it possible to start over or best to end it all?

Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 February

Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 2.30pm

Schrodinger’s Hat

7.30pm

By Leela Velautham

Teechers

By John Godber Join three friends as they conjure up the striking characters from their rough comprehensive in the final end-of-term production. Dynamic, witty and poignant, Teechers is arguably Godber’s greatest work. Tickets £6 discounts £5

Enoch Powell’s notorious Rivers of Blood speech destroyed his career. But in his early life, Powell seemed capable of achieving anything he set his mind to – until he fell in love.

Lars Sørken: A Norwegian Noir By Matt Perkins

A stage thriller. Theatre detective Lars Sørken guides us through a world in which Scandinavia and Oxford collide. Every movement is key to solving the puzzle before a figure from his past catches up with him.

01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

Wednesday and Friday at 9.30pm, Saturday at 4.30pm

The Tulip Tree By Oliver Michell

9.30pm

Tickets £6 discounts £5

1930. Paul Dirac is struggling to complete The Principles of Quantum Mechanics - fortunately other people are not.

Tickets £6 discounts £5 (per performance)

New Writing

01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com


Welcome to the Studio at Oxford P layhouse…

University of Oxford Student Season: Hilary Term 2012

The new year brings a fresh, exciting line-up of innovative, alternative small scale theatre entertainment from the students of the University of Oxford here in the studio. Highlights include the annual OUDS New Writing Festival, as well as several other premieres, by the up and coming creative talent of tomorrow; from experimental Beckett-inspired works to more conventional thrillers and comedies. There are also revivals of 20th century classics in Godber’s Teechers and Edson’s intense drama Wit; plus a fresh take on Stephen Fry’s popular, direct and no-holds-barred comedy Latin and a new translation of a French romantic comedy from the 1920s opening on Valentine’s Day. Throw into the mix a musical revue, the latest in sketch comedy from The Oxford Revue and a foray into the unpredictable world of improvised comedy and there’s something for everyone, as we leap into springtime, at the ever-intimate BTS!

Tuesday 31 January to Saturday 4 February 7.30pm

The Curse of The Oxford Revue By The Oxford Revue

World-famous sketch comedy group The Oxford Revue travels through time to a sleepy English village where not all is as it seems. The jam sold at the market? Strawberry rhubarb, not strawberry. Many of the houseplants are dusty. And the mayor’s son? Let’s just say his hat isn’t real felt... Also, everyone is cursed. Brilliantly executed. Three Weeks Tickets £6 discounts £5

Robert Bristow

Burton Taylor Studio Manager

Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 February 7.30pm

Wit

By Margaret Edson

Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 January

‘Death be not proud...though art not so.’

7.30pm

Latin! or Tobacco and Boys By Stephen Fry

You are invited to a class at Chartham Preparatory School. Two teachers will deliver a lesson you will never forget. Pipe-smoking, peanut-butter spreading, and Chelsea buns are in the programme. But beware, behind every delicious bun lies a sticky secret.

Vivian Bearing, a 17th century poetry professor diagnosed with cancer, uses her ‘wit’ as counter-agent to her degradation, to examine her life and to reconcile herself to her fate. A Trinity Players Production. Tickets £6 discounts £5

9.30pm

Messiah Man

Tickets £6 discounts £5

By Matt Fuller and Adam Lebovits 9.30pm

It’s a Hit!

A Musical Revue Comedy, romance and good vibrations, It’s a Hit! tells the show-stopping story of musical theatre. Through a selection of songs from early feel-good classics to modern poignant tones, get ready to tap your foot through musical history.

Come one, come all! Witness John Murray Spear and marvel at his wondrous God Machine. A picaresque comedy of ambition, love and hearing voices; from the writer of previous BTS successes, Peterson and Courting of Claire in collaboration with the former president of The Oxford Revue. Tickets £6 discounts £5

Tickets £6 discounts £5

Burton Taylor Studio Gloucester Street, Oxford OX1 2BN

Ticket Office: 01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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