We are proud to present a vibrant programme for Spring 2019: brilliant artists sharing big ideas in intimate surroundings. Audiences are invited to explore the state of the NHS, media manipulation, and our mental health – as well as learn how to beatbox, dream about flamenco, and laugh, cry and sing together. Here are a few highlights…
Multi-award winning theatre company Rhum and Clay present a new re-imagining of Orson Welles’ famous radio broadcast and H.G Wells’ sci-fi novel, The War of the Worlds, direct from its world premiere in London.
In March, North Wall creative associates The PappyShow present a high energy dance theatre double bill as part of Dancin’ Oxford festival: BOYS, a joyful and tender celebration of manhood; and GIRLS, a whole-hearted dance about what it means to be a woman, performed by a chorus aged from seventeen to seventy. Later in the month, we’re delighted to welcome Papatango New Writing Prize award-winning play The Funeral Director, an incisive and heartfelt story of sexuality, gender and religion in 21st century Britain by playwright Iman Qureshi.
Music fans are in for a treat: BBC Folk Award Winner Jon Boden joins us in March alongside his genre-busting band, The Remnant Strings, with music from his 2017 album Afterglow; and his Bellowhead compatriot Sam Sweeney uncovers the untold story of a one hundred year old violin discovered in an Oxford music shop in The Unfinished Violin. The mighty Mark Thomas returns to Oxford with a brand new show – Check Up looks back at 70 years of the NHS and what the future might hold.
In the gallery, Oxford-based photographer and scientist Paul Preece examines the interplay between light and darkness and cold, hard stone of Gothic cloisters of Portugal, Spain and England in a new photography exhibition. And during Oxfordshire Art Weeks, Jenny Blyth presents Touching the Earth: paintings by Addy Gardner and sculpture by Martin Smith that share a love of the elements, landscape and nature.