The full programme is today announced for the second annual Offbeat, Oxford’s fringe festival of performing arts, taking place at Oxford Playhouse and Old Fire Station.
In its second year, Offbeat expands to present 71 shows over ten days, spanning theatre, comedy, spoken word, music and dance, of which over half will be UK premières, a quarter created by local Oxfordshire-based artists, and all new to Oxford.
The theatre programme offers something for everyone – from Room, a one-on-one experience for a blindfolded audience member and Wrecked taking place inside a crashed car, to Idiot Child’s new production What if the plane falls out the sky?, a preview of performance poet and playwright Richard Marsh’s new show Todd & God, and James Rowland’s A Hundred Different Words for Love, following his UK tour of Duncan Macmillan’s Every Brilliant Thing. Weekends offer shows for families, including two for under-3s and a dance programme featuring celebratory Kathak dance (Aunusthan), tap (Fall Out) and new work by world-class choreographers in triple-bill Organic Entity.
A year on from the European referendum, there is fierce political theatre from #TORYCORE, a satirical Brexit tale in Blowfish Theatre’s Boris – The Musical!, and comedian Chris Coltrane’s stand-up Make Love and Smash Fascism. Further comedy highlights include Mark Thomas’s new show A Show That Gambles on the Future, Tiernan Douieb’s Miserably Happy and returns from 2016 performers including Radio 4 presenter Viv Groskop, the multi-award winning Sajeela Kershi and Sameena Zehra, fresh from her success at Melbourne Fringe. Festival Producer Vicky Graham said today,
“I am so excited that the shared vision of an entrepreneurial arts centre and an established regional theatre has created this opportunity for the performing artists of the future to meet adventurous local and national audiences. I cannot wait to see Oxford – a city steeped with heritage and culture – humming with a rich, complex and entertaining contemporary programme, and look forward to putting Offbeat firmly on the festival map.”
Offbeat festival runs at Oxford Playhouse and Old Fire Station from 23 June – 2 July 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.