The North Wall Arts Centre Oxford is thrilled to announce its world-class Autumn 2021 season and looks forward to welcoming audiences back in September.
North Wall Co-Director Ria Parry says:
‘It is a joy to share our autumn programme, full to the brim with shows made by wonderful artists, ready to make us laugh, sing, and reconnect with each other. There’s nothing quite like the experience of watching live events and the electric atmosphere that comes with being part of an audience. We look forward to seeing you again at The North Wall very soon.’
The new season launches with comedian Ed Byrne‘s brand-new masterclass in observational comedy If I’m Honest…, and then sees a wonderful selection of visiting artists bring their acclaimed shows to The North Wall: Emma Blackman‘s award-winning coming-of-age comedy Bobby & Amy; HIV+ theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall‘s (Channel 4’s It’s A Sin) hilarious, heart-breaking autobiographical hit First Time; the Wardrobe Ensemble‘s witty two-woman retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age masterpiece The Great Gatsby; LUNG‘s eye-opening, tear jerking play about young carers, Who Cares; and Burnt Lemon‘s electrifying wartime musical Tokyo Rose. Master storyteller Daniel Morden leads the The Devil’s Violin with its scintillating combination of music, sound and story; Oxford’s underground Jericho Comedy Live returns for a regular series of hilarious comedy nights; Omid Djalili presents his intelligent, provocative, always entertaining stand-up; and award-winning writer Katie Bonna performs her own darkly comic queer audio play The Entertainment, available for free on The North Wall website from 20 September. The North Wall is also excited to announce the return of previously postponed shows by Ivo Graham, Jenny Éclair and Mark Thomas.
2021 marks ten years since Creation Theatre‘s first Christmas show in Summertown, and this year they partner with The North Wall to present a brand-new adaptation of the classic tale, Pinocchio, directed by North Wall Co-Director John Hoggarth.
‘I am so pleased to be directing Pinocchio for The North Wall stage; we want to tell a fantastical story about how unity and togetherness prevail in spite of everything. It’s going to be wonderful to work with Creation and The North Wall team to cook up a theatrical feast for the whole family.’
Family shows include M6 Theatre‘s enchanting treasure trove of delights, Mavis Sparkle, and Simon Daw‘s interactive outdoor event Unknown Forest, taking place amongst the trees in Cutteslowe and Sunnymead woodlands.
The eclectic programme of live music includes the remarkable, timely folk of Eliza Carthy & The Restitute Band, the absolutely lovely acoustic music of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winners Rowan and Anna Rheingans, Russian pianist Gala Chistiakova with a heart-thumping programme of J.S. Bach and Mozart/Liszt, and the world-class global music of the Making Tracks 2021 Tour.
The North Wall’s visual art programme includes exhibitions by Diana Forster, who draws inspiration from conflict art, landscape and cityscape abstractions by Jon Rowland, and natural world print works by Susan Wheeler, Lizzie Wheeler and Manja Scott, as well as group shows by The Society Of Wood Engravers, ArtsLab and pupils of St Edward’s Oxford.
The Autumn 2021 season runs from September 2021 – January 2022.